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This Strange and Wonerful Weather System

Posted: 15/03/2014 at 00:25

This strange and wonderful weather system.

I was a bit under the weather today. Somehow, I just felt that I couldn’t wake myself up. Having taken care of my domestic chores, a visit to the supermarket, then I felt even tired’er. However I ventured out onto my estate, 70x20ft plot. I gave the greenhouse stock a watering. Lilies are growing hard and fast. Temp is 70 deg. F. Not only are the plants waking up. The alpines and fuchsias. Several fuchsias are in bud, the odd one or two already in flower. For the moment, I seem to halted Mr slug in his tracks. However the lilies are playing host to greenfly. So a good spraying. Glancing around. I am wondering where on earth I am going to put all my seeds? Outside in the garden. Wow! My roses are rushing ahead. Due to health and weather, I haven’t even begun pruning, yet many HT’s are reaching for the sky. The climbers along the fence are growing so fast, that before very long, they will be halfway across the garden. What’s this? NO! Yes there are some roses already baring flower buds. Hey Mr greenfly has woke up also. So a good spraying of the roses takes place. The Ribes are in flower, also the Viburnum opulas is at flower break. The assorted collection of daff’s and hyacinths add their fragrance and colour. On the pond island. Various polyanthus are in full bloom as they are around the garden. I have two, perhaps three different cultivars of snowdrops, all are flowering fine, The campanula carpatica is in flower, this seems to compliment the garden all year ‘round. I always enjoy seeing the lung-wort in flower and also the celandines. In fact I prefer the celandine to the common buttercup. The whole garden is looking good. Hey I have forgotten to add this. What makes the English garden, apart from plants. It has got to be the song birds and the sound of running water. When you stop and think. Life. This planet. Creation. Truly, what more could we ask for.

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 23:00

Tracey  Mike has had a really bad day today..healthwise.  Have mercy on this oldie.  I'm getting on for twice your tender years

Talkback: How to grow dahlias from rooted cuttings

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:56

Can't find anything wrong with your method, Bilje

Buying new secauters

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:51

I agree.  Felco, every time.  I have two sets.  Both for the past forty years have been in constant use.  Felco used to do a service free for private users.  I have maintaned mine myself.  All this time and use, I have only replaced the blades once.


However.  Take hold of what takes your eye!  If the tool feels good in your hand and you and it feel part of each other.  Then Go for it.  Don't forget.  Secs' will just as easily prune your fingers, as well as the roses.

The Mystery of NPK

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:42

Of course the abbreviations, NPK are used on commercial packaging.   OOOps! sorry.  Mike's pinching your material.


Thanks bye the bye for the compliment.  PS.  I haven't written it yet.  Cheers!

Privet Panic

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:15

Aubreii.  It does sound strange to suddenly reduce height at such an early stage.  However it wisw.  Otherwise you will find that as soon as the roots establish themselves, the top growth will simply race away, presenting you with loads of leggy twigs.  Similar practice with many other plants.  Pinch out, stop etc.  All the same purpose.  To encourage growth low down.

Holly hedge from cuttings

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 22:08

If it's mainly to conceal the wire fence.  How about a vine of sorts.  As you intend haveing a foreground feature.  How about a jasmine.   Grows fast and can be controlled with a hedge trimmer, or mile a minute.  Will hide the wire in no time.

What type of tree is this?

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 21:57

Looks like Juniperus chinensis 'Pyramidalis'. Perhaps having been reduced in height.   If correct.  It's heigh after five years would be around five feet.  A slow growing Juniper. Blue-green foliage that seems to remain juvenile.  Often listed also as. J. excelsa 'Stricta'


'Mind you.  It could be a wooden one

New petrol mower

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 00:54

Mowers.  So many to choose from nowadays.  OK. Each to their own and  the controlling factor...the purse strings.  It really must be a prblem for many.  Thankfully.  Mike has no grass to cut.  However I am still interested in cutting/mowing.  I was at Kew, a few days ago.  Bright sunny day, much activity with the groundstaff.  In front of the Palm House, the troops were cutting trimming and titivating in general.  I was so shocked.  Kew Gardens.  The epitomy of horticultural whatever.  A member of the groundstaff, going back and forth with a rotary mower.   Hey mate.  This is a display bed. BANG goes my membership.  Truly what I am attempting to get over is.  What kind of grass area do you wish to cut.  Then choose your mower.  Big boys love big toys.  So if you have a large garden and lots of grass. The big boy will want a ride on mower.  Fair do's.  It will get the job done quick and easy.  Stand back and consider.  Yes,it is a large grass area.  Now compare.  Had te same expance been cut usuing a Dennis 36.  The the comment would have been.  Wow! what a fine lawn area.  For the smaller area say a bowling green.  A Ransom certese.  That really gave the ultimate cut.  It was a cylinder mower, having sixteen cutting blades. The maximum.  Mind you.  If you had a lawn cut by this machine.  KEEP OFF.

Holly hedge from cuttings

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 00:31

Strange plants hollies.  They always seem to appear where you don't want them.  Try growing them, and you are wasting your time.  Might I ask.  The dimensions of your intended hedge.  Why just a holly hedge?

There are in fact several nurseries that specialise in hedging plants, and strange to say.  The prices are reasonable.

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