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Scarifying Mid November

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 12:08

It depends on your local weather conditions.  Normally by now we've been frozen and can be experiencing heavy gales and storms so no, I wouldn't scarify this late.

However it's been so mild here with little wind and rain and very warm days that I would scarify if it hadn't already been done earlier.

If it's warm enough for the grass to grow and still need cutting, it's OK to scarify but make sure you have a few mild days forecast for it to recover a bit and get in at least one more cut before the weather closes in..

Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 12:19

No probs PP.  When he sees the list of jobs I have in store he may prefer a beating.  

Wind Brakes & Joy Larkcom

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 12:17

I planted shrubs as a windbreak for our ornamental garden and attached a roll of split canes to the metal fencing on the veggie plot.  It certainly made a difference to what grew well but some of the shrubs suffered and needed protecting and the canes eventually broke or rotted.

Last year I attached proper windbreak fabric, 1;25m high along the entire north and northwest boundary and the difference was amazing.   As well as reducing wind flows it stopped frosts rolling down into my garden and veg plot which are just a bit lower than the big arable field behind.   Bumper crops of red and blackcurrants, purple gooseberries, blueberries and veggies this year.

My kale plants are standing tall and proud and cropping well.  Normally by this time they're leaning like Pisa no matter how well they were planted.  I might even try some garlic again.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 10:10

OH needs a frame like Ainsley had and some musculation exercises.  He'll get those next year as he retires at the end of January and will become under-gardener and general labourer to keep him out of trouble and stay fit.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 09:49

Us too tho I can do without some of the contrived set pieces they show before they dance.   Love the choreography and technique analysis in the week as that helps with our own classes.   OH has a droopy right shoulder following a couple of dislocations and I have back trouble but the tips help with the rest..


Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/11/2015 at 00:22

For once Peter André wasn't underwhelming but not sure he can keep it up.

I thought Kelly danced very well with some difficult steps but I do have to think the costume and hair departments aren't doing her or Kevin any favours.

Didn't cotton much to Helen's rumba - elegant but stiff and no hips.   Find her cold.

Jeremy was just embarrassing so he can go next please.

Jamelia did better but isn't going far either.

Jay did well with what he had but the choreography wasn't tops.  Nice boy.

Georgia and Anita both excellent.  Amazing footwork from Georgia in the samba and Anita just continues to improve and amaze.

Anton needs to calm down his choreography.  Lots of lovely intricate steps which are probably fine in practice but too much when she's nervous in front of the audience and judges.   Don't think she'll longer.

Thank heavens Carol has gone.   She never got it.

Plant ID help please

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 17:38

That is very pretty Tootles.

I have the plain pink one growing in a very dry, sunny border at the front where I'm happy to let it spread and suppress weeds.   The white one is in a bed bordering my "woodland corner" so gleams at me at night from the gloaming.  It self seeded with gay abandon and invaded the chipped bark path.

I have now planted some of both in another sunny bed and await to see what they do.

Plant ID help please

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 17:29

Lychnis coronaria.  It self seeds so freely here that it constantly renews itself so any that get tatty over a bad winter can be pulled out with no loss to the border.  I have a white form too and am told by a friend that if I plant them close by they will have pink and white stripey or splodgy babies.

Clematis dried leaves

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 15:30

It depends where you have it planted.  Too close to a wall and it'll be thirsty from the rain shadow.

However, it is normal for clematis to start dropping their leaves now - except the evergreen ones - so leave it be and treat as indicated above next spring so it flowers well and doesn't get bare legged..

Clematis dried leaves

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 13:32

It sounds hungry and thirsty.   Give it a good bucket of water and then mulch with well rotted manure or garden compost.

Next spring, feed it generously with proper clematis food which will release nutrients slowly.  Give it a weekly or fortnightly good drink of liquid tomato feed from the moment leaves first appear to mid summer.

When new leaves start to open, prune it back to the highest pair of new buds and remove all the dead growth above.  Train all new shoots as horizontally as possible when new shoots start to grow out.  


After flowering, dead head and feed and you will get another flush of flowers if it is a group 2.  If it's a group 1 it won't flower again till next spring but should put on fresh new growth that will flower the following year.   Either way, it just needs a light prune to keep tidy once the spring flush of flowers is over.  feed every year and don't let it get thirsty.

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