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Latest posts by Jimbolena

Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:14

I, a little bit.

Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:08

Could it be an Ivy? Being an irritant. The leaves are that kinda shape...

Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:05

I noticed that it's best to wear gloves when handling it, my wife keeps it in check, cutting it from the steps every year, the first time she cut it back she came out in a rash, so it's sap must be an irritant. It's quite hardy and never loses it's colour.

An old chap, since died, got it from a friend and planted it in his garden, or I did as I was his gardener. When he died, I took anything worthwhile taking. The new owners of his house were extending the drive so anything in way was being obliterated. Shame.

So I inherited this plant, it never seems to seed but I'm sure it must. I'd love to give folk cuttings but they never seem to take, I could root off the mother but posting would be difficult.

If you're willing to try and grow from cuttings, I can send to anyone who'd like a bit.

Just email me with your address and I'll send a bit for nothing.

Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 18:55

We thought it might be ornamental rhubarb or even Gunerra (spelling) but really have no clue. It's actually quite hard to grow on but it grows like mad when it finally takes. I've taken cuttings but they never grow so I just root it off the mother, it roots very easily then.

Unknown Plant

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 18:37

Hi, 

I got this plant when it was basically a barely rooted cutting and it was back when my garden had no ground cover so I was just hoying plants in willy nilly, better than weeds was my reasoning.

Please see this photo....

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40278.jpg?width=350

 
http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40281.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 

 I've had it in the garden for 5 years and cut it back quite a bit each year, it grows over the steps very quickly. For the first time, last year, it flowered. I think it was because we had a really long spell of heat. It had never flowered before and my wife and I were thrilled.

We haven't seen it in any other garden here in SW Scotland.

 

 

pruning-and-caring-for-apple-trees

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 22:23

Here's a few photos of the big boy I've to deal with.....

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29090.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29091.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29092.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29093.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29094.jpg?width=384&height=350&mode=max

 

pruning-and-caring-for-apple-trees

Posted: 09/08/2013 at 07:09
waterbutts wrote (see)

They sound like works of art and better as that than apple producers. Hard to tell without a photo, but sometimes things get to the end of their productive life and one has to decide whether to keep them as pets or chuck em out.

If they aren't growing it sounds as if they are going to be the former. We'll see when the photos appear!

Hi waterbutts, that's a really good point and would most definitely work with one of the trees, it's actually a really nice shape, and a little quircky, so as you say...a work of art. You have to duck every time you need into the shed at the bottom of their garden but I kinda like that eccentricity. They don't use the shed so it'll never bother them. To keep that particular tree looking balanced and nice, I would have to cut that branch off right back to the trunk. I think it may lose it's character.

It has fruit all over it as well as moss, but I'd have never have thought of keeping it as an orniment, excellent idea. I may be inclined just to leave the moss on that one.

 

The other fruit tree is completely different, I'm not sure if it's a weeping apple tree, I've a feeling it's an ornimental crab apple, if so I've heard that they're good pollinators. If it a pollinator, I'm not so fearful and will deal with the crossing branches and new growth. I will also get some fungicide for that one and spray it.

What's the best fungicide?

I will get some photos soon.

pruning-and-caring-for-apple-trees

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 23:18

I have a couple of clients with established apple trees, I'm not sure which varieties. I will try and get some photos tomorrow as I'm doing a bit for them both then.

 

I'd really like to know how to care for them properly, I'd like to impress my employers, I suppose is the honest reason and I'd like to learn, I've always wanted to know how to deal with fruit trees.

I know this is the time to prune, I know how to prune young trees, I've no fear of them, but these big established trees....don't know, there doesn't seem to be any new growth on them to prune.

I'd also like to know when to spray them with fungacide as they're both covered in moss, and which is the most effective spray fungacide.

 

Any help please, I'd be most grateful.

wooden-compost-bins

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 23:08

Hi, I have just built a double bin made from wood which I have calculated will hold 1600 ltrs, that's like 7 normal household black compost bins and it wasn't dear. It cost me £52 for the wood and £4.30 for some easy drive outdoor screws....click on this link to see a piccy....My Garden Blog

I built this for a client so I added labour, the wood I got was from a saw mill, I just gave them a list of the lengths I needed, to be honest, it's cheaper just to get the lengths they already do, their standard lengths so there's no extra costs.

For this double 1600 ltr bin I ordered the following

  • 12 boards @ 1.8m long x 150mm width x 19mm depth
  • 3 posts @ 1.2 m long x 100mm x 100mm
  • 6 battons @ 1.2 m long x 100mm x 44mm

All this cost me £42 delivery was £10, screws were £4.30 for 100, easy drive.

 

This bin has a slotted front to get the compost in and out a bit better, I only really did that for the client as she's not as tall as me, I would just shovel the stuff out.

I was pushed to make myself after seeing the prices some folk were asking, a bin half that size was costing a lot more.

 

Hope this helps.

Harvesting Seeds

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 15:16
Stacey Docherty wrote (see)

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Shows-Events/RHS-Hampton-Court-Palace-Flower-Show/2013/Gardens/Garden-directory/A-Moveable-Feast.   A better pic

Food for thought, great in a wee garden.

Discussions started by Jimbolena

Water Features

running water in a wildlife garden? 
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Does anyone know what this is?

This was sold as Auricula seeds but I'm not sure 
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Auricula help

I'm a complete newby with seeds so could use some help please! 
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Talkback: Dealing with moss

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Unknown Plant

It looks a little like really small rhubarb leaves, does anyone know it's name? 
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pruning-and-caring-for-apple-trees

I don't know where start with fruit trees, I could use some help. 
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Harvesting Seeds

FREE seeds! I feel seeds are quite pricey at the moment, I bought a packet of sweet peas last week and I was disappointed at the amount I got! 
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Strawberries in the greenhouse?

I'm not convinced that this is the course of wisdom but I'm willing to listen to experienced gardeners, 
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