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Posted: 10/10/2012 at 09:42

I made some the other week and just boiled them up in sugar and water with a bit of cinnamon, I just sliced a wee nick in them and then when it was all syrupy enough I strained them through muslim..... there's no hairs in the jar. I'd heard also you needed to remove the hairs but came to the conclusion my lifes to short!

it's pretty yummy by the way!

Killing Ivy in a Hedge

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 17:01

Oh my.... this is one of my soap box subjects! you might regret this!!

We moved this spring to a house with a good sized garden certainly big enough for 2 of us both with jobs and time share dogs we borrow every now and again, as we do with nephews and nieces! once we actully stood back and looked at what needed doing, we worked out that the people in before us did nothing appart from cut the grass for the 7 years they where in there.

We've been hacking and clearing all summer and finally we're down to just the ivy going along the back boundry "hedge" I use inverted commas because the hedge actually consists of 4 or 5 youngish damson trees that are covered in Ivy which then spreads all along the fence.

We decided to leave this bit until last because the birds where nesting in there. The branches of the Ivy are as thick as my arm which is ok but then there are all the off shoots even when you pull them out there are still bits under the ground and berries buried by the birds / squirrels it drives me nuts! not to mention the roots all through the back boarder! 

We've managed to get the 30 year old stuff down from the side of the house, the WHOLE side, I remember the houses being built and know when it went in, but now we have a 30 year old stump left... we've got stuff to drill holes and pour in!

So I suppose after my rant... (sorry about that!) the question is are you talking fairly young stuff which crops up occasionally or is it more of a tree with full on branches, because if you have as much as we've cleared, never mind have left to go I wouldn't fancy painting gel on all the leaves!


Strawberries in hanging baskets

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 15:12

I've never managed to do this..... mainly because we always seem to move the year i decide to grow strawberries again.... I'm hoping thats going to change next year!

However, the much beloveds dad sticks his in a pot which is suitable for the size of the plant (for the runners) the ones in the fruit and veg patch he just leaves in the ground.

He clears away any dead leaves, (i.e. shrivelled and brown) so they don't go all mouldy and nasty, and thats about it. The ones in the pots he tucks away behind the garage, theres a lovely sheltered spot which is about 2 sq metres which seems to get sun most of the day and they do ok.

the one thing i noticed he's dne this year which might be a little contriversal, he's done it for the 1st time this year which is lopped the tops off!

so if you can imagine gathering the leaves and holding them up, like you would with your hair if you where doing a ponytail and he just chopped them off.....

Now you might want to check this with someone else before you try it because it seemed a bit brutal to me and there are far more knowledgeable  people than me on this forum... I was horrified, i know my gramps just let his be.... but it doesn't make it the right way!

let us know how you get on, i love knowing how people are doing and what sucess they've had.

geraniums (spelling?)

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 17:11

oh my life!!!! so confusing! Thanks Chaps!,

The much beloved will come around, I might have to tie him a couple of new flies for fishing as a softener but it usually works!


Posted: 23/09/2012 at 17:04

Hi there, looking for some general advice please.

We've cleared a space at the front of the house against the garage (brick wall), which is now looking a bit bear, but the ivy was an absolute beast! (we inherited it when we moved in!)

We'd like to grow probably an apple tree against the wall as an espalier.

Could any of you please advise if there are any better varieties to use, we like juicy and crunchy if that helps! also best time of year to plant and anything special we need to do to the soil?

We're in central Lancs and the wall is mostly south facing, slightly angled to the East if anything and it's quite well sheltered by the porch, it's a bit of a suntrap, but the ground does run down toward the garage, so there have been a couple of times this "summer" when we've paddled to the front door. drainage must be ok though because as soon as it stops raining it water goes away.

I've got a pretty good book that explains the basics, but since I've been using this forum I've learnt if nothing else nothing beats other peoples knowledge and experience.

geraniums (spelling?)

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 16:30

Thanks both!

Definitely Geraniums, I've still got the labels.... I'm a bit rubbish at remembering plant names so I tend to hold on to any labels! the porch is inside, frost free but still quite chilly!

I'll give the drying out a try I think, they weren't very expensive but I do hate to lose any plants if I can help it.

I'll let you know how I go!

fuchsia identification

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 00:42

Found this while looking on the RHS plant selector.... looks the same to me, but if you take a look the name might ring a bell?

Tools to tackle an overgrown laurel hedge

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 00:08

We've just been given a lopper by my Aunty, it's a big extending pole which extends far enough to reach the ivy growing a the very apex of our gable end, (I'm only 5 1/2 ft and no step ladder required!). there's a fairly hefty saw on the end, and also like a hook thing which you put over the top of the thinner branches then pull the rope and it shoots a blade up to chop off the branch...... It's the best toy she's give me since I got Buckaroo for my 8th birthday!

Needless to say I'm gradually working my way around the garden, we too have lots of laurel that need hacking back, just a couple of well chosen branches taken out make all the difference... although the much beloved isn't quite so impressed with all the trips to the tip!

What is this plant with purple flowers ?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 23:58

Hi sue,

It's possibly some sort of periwinkle but I'm happy to be corrected, there are far more knowledgable people on this forum than me! I've never seen a periwinkle with a trunk though.... it's a very pretty plant I'll be interested to find out what it is too!

Try the RHS plant finder, there's enough info on the pages for each plant to work out if it's hardy or not.

geraniums (spelling?)

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 23:53

Hello all, been a little while but I'm hoping one/some of you can help please.

I have 6 young ish geranium plants in terracotta pots, (bit old school but they do look lovely!)

When I bought them this summer from  my local garden centre the nice man said that they don't like being too wet..... yep struggled with that one this summer but also if I took them in this winter they would be fine for next year.

Now here's the dilemma, I've no green house (yet) looking to invest next year, and I've nowhere really to keep them in the house, limited window sills..... however I've got quite  a sheltered little spot at the front of the house between the porch and the garage which is south facing, do you thing they might make it through the winter or am I going to have to convince the much beloved that maybe the porch is the best place for them over the winter......?

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