Gardening Grandma

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Pruning pussy willow

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 16:15

Having identified the mystery tree that shot up at the bottom of my garden while I was ill, I now need to know how to prune it.It provides a welcome screen from the houses overlooking my garden that I would not have dared to plant had I been well enough to garden. I don't want to take all their light or push their wall over. However, I want to avoid the horrible twiggy effect that you see on trees that have been cut back hard. I'd prefer to take it out and try something else than mutilate it. Here's a photo.




Red Insects

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 15:58

They will take ant powder back to their nest and you then stand a better chance of gettng them all. If you only partially destroy them, they will go elsewhere and you may even end up with two nests where you only had one.

What is your kind of garden?

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 15:50

Looking at pictures of their lovely gardens that some people have posted, I am struck by the different styles, from highly disciplined and full of colourful annuals to practical vegetable gardening to cottage gardens stuffed with plants growing through and over each other. Which gardeing style produces the most desirable gardens?

Peony Pruning?

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 15:29

My sympathies, though I used to be a teacher and I think the kids thought that I was the original Welsh dragon.

Peonies are stunning but flower briefly, are damaged and beaten down by rain and don't like cold. Then they leave a huge clump of untidy leaves. Gardeners specialise in hope - that this year the sun will shine, pests will leave them alone and there will be a glorious show.


Posted: 08/07/2012 at 08:39

I had never realised how athletic slugs can be until I found a whole group of them in the ivy at the top of a nearly six-foot wall. Or is Next Door disposing of his slugs by chucking them over the wall?

star jasmin loosin leaves

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 07:44

Thanks for the info regarding a slow start. Mine have only been in for a year so I'll have patience. Do you know anything about feeding them? Specifically, do they like acidic soil - mine is slightly alkaline?

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 07:37

Everyone who compains will get the same anodyne reply, but that's not the point. The Beeb will keep a log of the NUMBER of complaints and that is what will influence their decisions in the future. They think gardening is a minority iinterest compared with sport, which it is, but almost everyone has a garden, even if it is a balcony or a back yard, and these are becoming ever more important as more and more green areas are built over and there is less and less food for bees, etc. I feel a letter to the Beeb coming on!.

July in the garden!!

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 07:10

Attotment Max, I also struggled to download pictures because they took up too much memory. Eventually, I made them smaller and then they were accepted by the GW downloader.

My dream garden

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 23:01

i remember that summer very well. It was too hot to garden. Some places had stand pipes in the street. There were magazine articles about how to wash yourself all over in one pint of water. Regular summers like that and our green British gardens would be a thing of the past.A better balance of sun and rain than we have had since 2006 would be wonderful, but rain is a blessing as well as a curse. What's more, I have rosacea and I'm told its cause is an adverse reaction to sunlight. And just imagine having to endure the water companies permanently whingeing about lack of water in the reservoirs! Think what the news programmes would make of it, one more evidence that the world is trembling on the brink of destruction.

But... how we need sun on our bodies and the wonderful lethargy that goes with it and the sense of well-being that blue skies and sunlight bring. Oh, to be able to walk on the beach and in the woods and see them in the glorious clarity of pure sunlight, their colours transformed...

I killed my plant

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 19:59

Cymbidiums are not climbers but they have long leaves and purple flowers. I have pasted below the web address of a site with a number of pictures of house plants that you might try.

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