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summer pruning

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:10

You can prune shrubs like philadelphus immediately after they finish flowering as they flower on old wood.   This method keeps them to size whilst encouraging new shoots which will flower next year.

As they get older they can get congested and then you take out a third of teh stems each year, taking the oldest each time.  That helsp your shrub stay airy and well shaped.

For me, summer pruning of roses should simply consist of removing dead heads back to a leaf node but if I find a particularly weak, spindly or bare stem I'll cut that right back to its base to improve the look and direct energy into stronger stems that will give me more flowers..

Belfast Sink Ideas

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 23:06

Here it is then, at the back of the garage where I have my work area.   All the plants are either seedlings, rescued plants from clearing beds or divisions - all waiting to be big enough to cope with life in the borders.



Posted: 26/07/2014 at 19:03

I have two of these and one is doing well but the other has just died back so I'm going to cut off all the dead stems, water it thoroughly and give it a liquid feed of tomato fertiliser in the hope this will spur the roots into sending up new shoots.

This treatment has worked on a few other clematis that were decapitated or battered to shreds by a severe hailstorm in May so fingers crossed.

Belfast Sink Ideas

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 19:00

I use my old ceramic sink as a pot wahsing and newly divided plant watering sink.  It's installed on a stand I made just under the outside tap and has been a boon since I finally got around to setting it up a couple of months ago.    Looks good and is practical and, because it's not attached permanently, I can take it with me when we move.............

What's new with you ?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 11:51

Crown Prince is lovely and has great flavour.   This year I'm trying Baby Blue and Sweet Dumpling as they're smaller and it'll just be me and OH as Possum is living in student digs this year.

I grew pointy cabbage for the first time this year and have been very pleased with the crop so far so will grow more of it next year.    After years of not bothering I have one courgette plant and it's doing fine.

Normal veggies for me are red oak leaf lettuce, radicchio and cos lettuces; broccoli, PSB, fennel, kale, Savoy cabbage, red cabbage, Swiss chard, beetroot, rhubarb and soft fruits.  

I have tomatoes and chilli plants safely tucked up in the greenhouse but they were outside in a hot spell in May when we had a murderous hailstorm so are only half the size they should be and the crop will be late.  I'm trying Brandywine toms this year and new chillies for me - Hungarian Black and Bulgarian carrot.

What is this pine bush/shrub?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 09:53

That's because juniper seeds are used to flavour gin.

Monty Don.

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 20:44

Monty has help in his garden but doesn't acknowledge it.   I don't see why not.

I now record GW so I can speed through the duff bits which are getting longer.  I used to glean untold depths of knowledge about plants and their care and cultivation as well as design ideas and plant combinations to try but no longer.  Beechgrove has far more practical info.

We didn't just get one hour specials.  We used to get whole series in winter when GH was at the helm and not so long ago we had the wonderful series on How to be a Gardener from AT.    The beeb has lost the gardening plot and Monty just isn't in tune with ordinary gardeners, let alone new ones on new build estates.

Pink Climbing Rose, not what I thought it was!

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 20:32

I agreewith Dove.   Internet colour is not to be relied upon. 

If it behaves like grandad says, take his word for it.  All that matters is that it's a good, healthy rose and will flower well.   Look after it well and it will.

What is this pine bush/shrub?

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 08:20

It looks likeone of the dwarf junipers but it doesn't really matter.   Conifers can be pruned or trimmed from spring to late summer to keep them tidy and to size.   I suggest you do a light trim now and then again next spring, after the worst frosts, and then again next summer if you need to.

Be careful not to cut back into brown wood as it will not grow new leaves.   With regular, light trims you can keep it to its current size.    Feed it with a general fertiliser such as bllod, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure each spring to keep its growth healthy.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 18:47

It's working for me, thanks.  On the 17th and 18th OH cleared the old strawberry patch and I worked in some compost.   Planted plugs of assorted kale, Savoys and red cabbages and oak leaf lettuce and they are already romping away.  On the 20th I planted a new strawberry patch in a newly cleared and generously composted patch and they're happy as Larry too.

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