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Twisted Willow

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 17:11

The best time to move it is autumn or winter when it is dormant and the roots can recover without the stress of having to pump up sap to the foliage.   You then just dig it up and put it ina well prepared new hole, firm it in and water it.  Well prepared means already dug deeper and wider than teh root ball and with well rotted garden compost or manure or other soil conditioner to help improve the soil so it establishes quickly.

If you must move it now, dig it up with as big a root ball as possible as soon as possible.  Plant as above, and water it every week, come rain or shine, till next autumn's leaf drop.    Willow take up a great deal of water and it won't like drying out.

As for the straight stems, these need cutting out every year after leaf fall which is when you can see them best.  You can still do it now if you're quick but the sap is rising now and it may bleed a little.

Try to disturb your acer and its roots as litle as possible but, just in case, work in some soil conditioner round its base and water it well too.

A little lost

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 14:01

Ah yes, but the programmes are mostly not available yet and there are no fact sheets for the plants he talked about.

Feeding Clematis

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 13:59

That would do but if they're a bit feeble I'd also give them a liquid feed now as a tonic.  You can also buy specialist clematis feed.  i've just been out doing some of mine and will get to the rest in the next coupple of days.

A little lost

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 12:30

I can't find them either but I was invited to complete a questionnaire about the website so I've told them it's useless.  Either the promised plant info is not tehre or it's so well hidden it's unfindable.    They also have a lovely list of past series of GW you can view except that nearly every year comes up with "not yet available in i-player" which is just stupid.  Why post the links if they're not working?

I can't view i-player here but I did want to see if they went back as far as GH.

Beechgrove this weekend

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 11:56

Here in Belgium we have cable TV and get BBC 1 & 2 and lots of other European channels as well as the local ones although, being in Wallonia, I don't get many Flemish channels.

We can get many more TV channels and Beeb radio via satellite.  There are ways and means.  What we can't get are i-player and magazines with schedules unless I do a 120km round trip to the British supermarket near Brussels but I only go there if I'm passing - about 4 times a year.

Beechgrove this weekend

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 09:23

Just to warn everyone that Beechgrove will be on Beeb 2 on Saturday this weekend instead of Sunday as there's a Grand Prix race which has pushed the usual Beeb 1 politics onto Beeb 2 on Sunday morning.

The GW repeat also gets shifted to Saturday morning.

Plant advice needed : damp shade

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 12:19

Chelone, hostas, fritillaria meleagris, hemerocallis, dicentra spectabile and its white form, lily of the valley........... 

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 12:17

Intruder alert lights.  A video camera to catch them at it.  Secure the access to your patio with locked gates.   Attach them to the ground as in the post above.

clematis and fost

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 17:24

I am leaving mine after doing the same thing in that nice warm week we had at the start of March.  I have fed them and talked to them but will wait to see where new growth starts again before pruning back to a healthy bud.

Bee spotting

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 15:56

The wind has eased here and I've seen one tortoiseshell butterfly and been buzzed by on ebee that I didn't see.    Lots of snowdrops and hellebores still out here plus crocuses and dwarf daffs so plenty of nectar for them.  The other usual suspects for April are keeing their heads well down so their flowers will be late.

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