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

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 22:29

Hope it works Dove.  

Been busy here doing battle with a pattern for a Star Wars outfit for Possum and then dance class.  At last we have new steps in jive and have cracked their tango figures from 2 years ago and a bit more cha-cha.  Definitely aerobic exercise and a work out for the brain too.

Have discovered we have a wild persimmon tree.  Any ideas what to do with the fruit?

Spindly Clematis

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 21:45

You'll need to feed it too.  They are hungry plants so prune back to the lowest new pair of buds next spring and give it a generous handful of specialist clematis food or rose food and give it regular liquid tonics of tomato food between spring and early July.   It should then produce new stems and plenty of flowers.  Repeat very year.

Which trees would be best?

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 21:35

Kate - have a look at escallonia which is often recommended for windy sites - small, evergreen leaves, pink or white or red blossom and grows at a reasonable rate if well planted.   Happy to be pruned as a a hedge.

Acer Palmatum

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 16:11

That would be because Lancashire and most of the UK is significantly more moist than Andalucia.  In my Belgian garden I had an acer Sango Kaku in full sun but with a trellis panel to break the westerly winds, moist clay based soil, plenty of rain and a generally humid atmosphere when it was hot.  I wouldn't try that down near Gibraltar.

Last edited: 12 October 2017 16:13:54

Which trees would be best?

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 16:09

Beware.  laurel is a thug and looks dreadful when trimmed with shears, electric or manual, because of all the browning leaf edges.  Needs doing with secateurs to look good.  Nightmare which grows all the faster for being pruned.

Which trees would be best?

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 15:07

Anything that grows as quickly as you'd like will quickly get out of hand.  A gardener's best friend is patience.   The trees you already have sound good but what you need to do now is place them along your boundary line and then imagine their eventual height and width which will encroach into your garden as well as over the road above the fence and not just along it.

If you plant them well and look after them they'll grow at a decent but not rapid rate.   You could maybe add a yew or a holly for some evergreen foliage.

The other alternative is a hedge on stilts which is basically a row of trees whose branches are all trained horizontally along supports.   It will give you the height you want without encroaching on your garden space and allows you to plant underneath for more personally interesting plants - flowers, foliage, stem colour throughout the year.

Some pics here to give you the idea - https://www.google.fr/search?q=images%2Bpleached+hedge&tbm=isch&source=iu&pf=m&ictx=1&fir=KQUO6trv8owOjM%253A%252CoD3-tjz3JCNHXM%252C_&usg=__UxgszjMAJZHjSfAYyodEmB_UQuM%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi4g9TtoOvWAhXF6xoKHa4EDMYQ9QEIKjAA#imgrc=KQUO6trv8owOjM:

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 14:53

Love a good waterfall and the Liverpool pics too.

A very calm Atlantic as seen from the "Corniche" near Bretignolles-sur-Mer yesterday

Interesting wave action on the rocks tho


Posted: 12/10/2017 at 14:38

No.  Bought one, tried it.  Utterly hopeless for the area i have to control but maybe OK for small paths. 


Posted: 12/10/2017 at 11:14

Fresh manure is full of acids which will burn your plants.  You need to pile it up and let it ripen for a few months before t goes anywhere near your garden.  The only use for fresh manure is in the bottom of deep hot bed for growing melons and with a good layer of planting compost between it and them.

You dahlia tops will be blackened or made very limp by the first decent air frost and that's the signal to cut them back and then apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost and straw thick enough to insulate your tubers against deep frosts later on.   

Putting My Plot To bed

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 10:39

Have you thought of cardboard?  It cuts the light to teh weeds and seeds but lets in moisture so the soil organisms will be happily working away all winter.  Come spring you can plant straight into it or else pile on a thick layer of garden compost or well-rotted manure and plant into that.  The cardboard will degrade into the soil.

Free if you find some packaging and easy.  No roll ling up great heavy sheets and having to dispose of plastic afterwards.

Failing that, check out your local garden centre, DIY shop or building supplies.  They should have plastic and weed proofing membrane on rolls for sale by the metre.

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