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Pruning an unwieldy cactus

Posted: Yesterday at 22:56

A decent burial in the compost heap is my first thought. It is looking rather unhappy. Best to move it somewhere where it can get a lot more light. 

"The Card Factory"

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 20:12

I make my own cards as well. Don't do decoupage ones because I refuse to pay a small fortune for die cut decoupage bits. Normally I do my Christmas cards in early November but this year left it to last week. My house is a bomb site Just finished tidying up one spare room after the card making frenzy to open the second spare room to the wrapping frenzy!! Thank goodness I can shut the doors on them at night!

Perimeter border help please

Posted: 09/12/2017 at 22:43

Clematis would do well and you could go for a spring flowering one and then a later one on the other trellis. Or a climbing rose , or two. whatever takes your fancy really. But both clematis and roses are hungry feeders and they will be quite close to the fruit trees so you would need to feed them every year with the appropriate feeder.

Perimeter border help please

Posted: 09/12/2017 at 20:37

How old are your fruit trees? If they are still young that may be why they are not giving a lot of fruit.....I have always found fruit trees a bit less than reliable - some years I had a glut and the next year hardly anythiing.Even other friends say the same thing so it is not only me. Mind you we do all live in Scotland and sometimes the blossom can be caught with a late frost. 

As far as your borders go, you will have to bear in mind the depth of them and plant accordingly. Smallest shrubs like the small hebes would so and are evergreen, as is euonymus. Fill around your shrubs with some perennials but don't crowd the fruit trees. They will need all the goodness and rain from the ground that they can get and don't want to be fighting with other plants for it. 

rose pruning

Posted: 09/12/2017 at 00:09

But let’s face it - how often do we do things when we shouldn’t? Normally I do follow the ‘code’ but just sometimes when I’m in the mood or have the time I just do it and take the chance! I’m sure we’ve all been there!

rose pruning

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 19:13

I would take them down to a couple of feet and then do more serious pruning in the spring. Having said that, it has been known for me to hard prune my roses when they were brittle with frost!!!

Last edited: 08 December 2017 19:14:05

Winter water butts

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 17:24

I live in Scotland so plenty of cold weather. I don't bother emptying them, I just leave them to their own devices. I do on occasion empty the pond filtration unit if I remember when I switch the pump off for the winter as that did split on me one year but it is a closed system unlike my water butts. 

Show us ya Baubles!

Posted: 07/12/2017 at 00:41

The pots at the door are blue hence my rather un Christmassy colour scheme!

Show us ya Baubles!

Posted: 06/12/2017 at 17:14

Here is my door wreath.

Show us ya Baubles!

Posted: 05/12/2017 at 19:49

The Rudolphs were made from Tunnocks tea cakes, curly wurlies for antlers,, white choc for eyes and smarties! Got it from a friend who got it off the net! And they went down very well with the book club ladies!!

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