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Purple berberis

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:59

You obviously want/need to remove some branches now, so fine. Just old ones mind.... J.


When to move snowdrops

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 13:23

I've just split & replanted several large inherited clumps that were almost in full flower. Absolutely fine, all flowering happily, but I did well water them in & it's continued raining since!

I've also in the past split & transplanted clumps just as flowers finishing & that worked too...

Either way it's fiddly & back aching job but well worth it, J.



Regular contributers.

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 16:09
little-ann wrote (see)

Hi Jo I am still lurking about 

Oh goody, lurking eh?

Yep have taken on about 4xsize old plot & it's sunny (!) with awful soil..... I dont know what I expected, but after 20+yrs of soil improvement & part shade it's a steep learning curve. Could be expensive too..... but have realised that I cant do it all at once! J.




Bosch Rotak 36 Lawnmower

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 15:34

I agree pretty well with Buttercupdays. Cant say have noticed a cable problem, just sling it over my shoulder. I do however have to use 2 extension leads ,to reach far end of lawn, so a longer cable would be good.

I tend to use medium setting most of the time. The shortest level 'scalpe' my greenpatch/lawn. Uneven in places & sloping. Old garden very uneven & worked a treat. Mind you I dont 'do' pristine lawns.

What I do appreciate is it is lightweight. I have problems with my arm & find that it is comfy to use even for a long while these days. I also need to lift it up/down some steps & minus the box no problem.

When this 1 dies I shall happily replace with another. Will need the bigger version though as nowadays have a lot more 'lawn' to deal with compared to previous house, J.

Regular contributers.

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 15:17
star gaze lily wrote (see)

But as somebody said the first poster of this thread has disappeared and not quoted again 

That happens quite often......annoying!

I may not post v often these days but am glad to 'see' regulars still contributing their knowledge etc.

A lot of them are ex beeb MBs & to lose that wealth of knowledge would be criminal!

I joined those MBs in 08 & even after many yrs of gardening I still had lots to learn. Still do....

Memo to self: sign in more often. J.



Posted: 27/12/2014 at 15:04

Awoke to about 3-4ins here in NEDerbyshire.

Main road now clear, gritter out last evening & earlier today. Side roads only passible with extreeme care. Buses had problems & are now stopping at junction with main road!

An inherited elderly Lilac bush/tree totally uprooted! Well new planting chance.... but have got a clematis planted beneath canopy edge that'll now need a support! J.


Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:31

Thx folks.

We moved in April! So have already been busy.... New place on a windy hillside with sun, awfully over worked, never improved, soil & even a soggy bottom! Bit of a change from dry soil & part shade. I did leave the soil in good nick though & miss that. Oh yes forgot- the contents of a compost bin came with us too!  

I'll be virtuous & pass on the cake! My version of WW is doing ok, so far, but am easily tempted! Am off out soon for a firework display & fish & chip supper. OH bakes a weekly cake too. He takes some into work for folks so I do get a 'treat' quite often.

Off now to get some soup before we set out, J.



Posted: 04/10/2014 at 16:03

Hi folks, have popped back in here after being AWOL for a good while.

We & 2 big coldframes, 150 assorted pots, contents of a shed & greenhouse etc etc moved house in April!

Just about coming to terms with a sunny & windy spot after a part shade garden for 30yrs. Soil is neglected here, but am working on that. Greenhouse base now finished & G/h arrives soon!

Rural net speed, or lack of it, driving me up the wall, so posting isnt always easy! Have recognised a few people around here, lots to catch up, J.

Gooseberry Bush Being Eaten Alive

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 17:11

Yes sawfly!

You can pick them off by hand & squish them in the meantime, if you feel like it..... but a rotten job & you never get them all IME, sorry.

You can spray the bush, if you dont object to doing that, but again vigilance all season is needed.

BTW if there's any Solomons' Seal around check that for the same thing! J.

Shady blooms from seed - Help!

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 19:19

Hi Waterfall,

The plants mentioned by others are all good & most will cope in pots, so some colour is possible.

A climber I love & have growing on a N facing fence, beneath NDN's overhanging Leylands (!!), so not much sun, is Hydrangea Peteolaris. I've also got it on a N facing garage wall that gets afternoon sun, so that 1 does better, but is an older plant anyway.It's a shrub that's self clinging, which if you gave it a good start, you could plant direct into a 'pocket'. You'd need to guide it up there & secure it to start with, & it can be slow to establish. Well worth the wait though IME. The white flowers smell wonderful & even in winter the bark is a good colour.

With any climber going up the fence do make sure that the panels are in good condition though as future fence maintenance will be compromised.

You could also use it as a host for climbers in pots in front of it, space permitting.... J.

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Care & maintenance of elderly Bramley apple trees.

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