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More identification needed please

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 14:51

Top might be a physocarpus diabolo. 2 might be copper beech or hazel, 5 looks like ceratostigma, 9 may be one of the choisya x dewitteana forms and the last looks like it may be one of the evergreen viburnums. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 12:02

I know Joyce.  Supposed to get   75 mm in a normal October.  Ha!   Not a drop in sight - http://www.meteo60.fr/radars-precipitations-pluie-france.php

Home grown potted oaks

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 11:48

I agree.  These are naturally hardy, deciduous trees that need a period of winter dormancy after leaf fall.

Absolutely no place in a city flat.  They get huge.  Even if you bonsai them they'd need to be outside and have a winter.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 11:46

No rain forecast here till Thursday and then only local showers so none.   You're bound to get some clear dry spells sooner or later FG.

I have been a good girl and taken cuttings of 2 penstemons plus sown seeds of another and also cuttings of a salvia microphylla Violette and split one of the carex evergold pots.   Now to sew.

Pruning Information

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 10:34

Have a look at what the RHS says about pruning and training.  You may get away with re-shaping and training them but the owners will then need to remove any water shoots to keep them looking good and flwoering.


Wildlife photos

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 10:30

I've looked them up on a butterfly site and they eat loads - A range of broadleaved trees and shrubs including Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), hawthorns, Apple (Malus domestica) birches, Sweet Chestnut (Castanae sativa), limes, elms and Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia). 

We had a hawthorn hedge at one end and a birch and 2 crab apples at the other.   I'll be planting a baby hawthorn here as soon as we get some rain and there will be apples in the fruit cage one day.   Must sow my sorbus kashmiriana seeds!


Posted: 13/10/2017 at 10:14

I like your version better.  I have, in the past, brought some fancier pergaloniums in the house for winter.  I'd cut them back to remove dead heads and old foliage and take cuttings then pot them in fresh compost individually or in wee troughs and then keep them on a sunny windowsill in cool rooms.  Water sparingly.

Most would do well and flower off and on thru winter and give me fresh material for cuttings to have new plants ready to go out again after the frosts.  I'd then discard the old plant as it would become woody.

I've also kept some in an insulated greenhouse so yours should be fine as long as they don't freeze.  

Wildlife photos

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 10:06

That's interesting.  We had those moths in Belgium but I never saw the caterpillars and we didn't have blackthorn.   We get tiger moths here and some brilliant yellow butterflies which don't sit still long enough to identify.   Quite a few bees on the salvias at the mo.

Just hoping we'll get more insects and more variety as the garden develops.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 10:03

Minstrel kitten is named after a dianthus I lust after.  Haven't seen it on sale yet so have made do with some lovely pink and cerise and two-toned ones which do well in the sunny bed at the front and stayed out all winter with no probs.  

Never been much of a fan of most Michaelmas daisies as I find them floppy and the flowers a bit too teeny but I did bring some special white and deep purple ones with me and, lo and behold, they've grown shorter and stockier and very floriferous in this climate so now I've bought a lilac one.

Brought and have bought some persicarias too.  Just need a bed for them.

Lovely photos everyone.  Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 13/10/2017 at 09:40

Good morning.   We have workmen again so dogs and I are confined to barracks.  Just as well I have sewing to do as soon as I've nipped out to take some penstemon cuttings and split my new carex Evergold to populate what has turned out to be a dry shade bed.

Hope everyone visiting family has a good time.    Same for those just getting on with daily life and gardening.

Last edited: 13 October 2017 09:41:59

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