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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 23:19

Teesside. Had to go out after the storm the sun was back and very warm, a quick shower on the way out and on the way back then sunshine until late when I looked out and could not see across the road for thick mist off the sea.
We have orange warnings for tomorrow, oh dear.

Frank.

How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 23:05

Apart from a full north facing wall the sun will reach part of the garden at some time in the day. Directly under the bush at high noon there may be a dark time.
Take a look say on an hourly basis some day if ever we get any sun and see just what it gets. Have you thought about trying a fern of the woodland variety, or you could put a shade lover in and see how it goes.
All gardening is experimental as no two gardens are the same so play it by ear try a few things, I do it all the time, often just to prove the experts wrong.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 12:14

Welcome back Obelixx, just take it easy no point in knocking yourself up again, slow and easy.
Teesside nearly a full day in the garden yesterday with time off to sit in the sun and contemplate. I was sitting near a Geum that has flowered continuously for two months or more, it self seeds and puts up new flowers from the last years growth. The Bush Fuchsia are all doing well and in flower the "Jack French" being well covered. The Peony Alba is coming into flower now the Ruba is gone, the garden seems to love the weather. There was a lovely sunset last night after a quick shower of rain.
Woke this morning just gone five it was so bright, on looking out we had blue sky and the sun rising and so it was until eleven this morning when we had a thunder storm and a deluge, the sun is trying to get out now, glad I live on a hill as flood warnings are out.

Frank.

How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 11:57

Lennyboy, now would be a good time to very lightly trim your bush, you may lose some of the winter blossom but it will keep it tidy.
There so many plants that will go under although I use Cranes-bill, Geranium Grandiflorum, it is low growing and if you dig some compost into the ground on planting it will thrive and come year after year. Once it has flowered you can cut it right back, the foliage will regrow and you get a second flowering, you can vary the colours so it will flower at differing times.
Hope this helps

Frank.

Peony Pruning?

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 11:47

Gardening Grandma, you are doing what a good gardener does and that is experiment, we all make mistakes it is how we learn, I was looking at a Geum in my garden yesterday that has flowered for nearly two months, it self seeds and the newer plants flower through the older bits. That Geum has been all round the garden over the last few years until I found out where it was happy.
I do a lot of pots these days as I can lift the pot to a bench and work on it and also move the pots around as they come into flower then go back, that way you get a new outlook and some of the pots can go in between plants where there is a bare spot, it is called killing two stones with one bird, well in my neck of the woods it is.
You do it your way it is what pleases you and that is the satisfaction of gardening.

Frank

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 13:57

Posh, whilst I finish my sandwich, home baked ham, A report on the Sunflower.
It now sits in a twelve inch pot and was inspected by granddaughter last night, she has to give an update to her Teacher. I got a hug so she was well pleased "err" granddaughter not Teacher. Afraid Grandson upset Mum, "why can we not have good food like this at home" I ducked out.
Sun still there so back out, the tomato's tied in topped up the pots and side shoots though not many of them. A lot of dead heading to do the Paeony now finished though the Cranes bill under the large bush still going strong. The Deutzia which has flowered for what seem weeks is now needing a trim, you should move North, sun and fresh air.

Frank.

Small tree - any ideas please?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 13:32

Cloud8, a couple of things, Prunus Amanogawa can grow to 10m or in my language thirty feet with a spread of 4m twelve feet.
Sorbus can grow to from twenty to thirty feet with a good spread.
Your neighbour would be within her or his rights to cut of any branches over hanging his or her garden throwing the waste back into yours, as I have seen in my locality that it causes some very lopsided trees.
Amelanchier (Juneberry) can grow to 12 feet although you can keep it low with heavy pruning.
Viburnum, Daphne, Spiraea, Deutzia al low and slow growing can be lightly trimmed, I would say step lightly when planting in a small front garden as neighbours move on.

Frank.

How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 13:09

Pittosporum, shorten any straggles in Spring.Trim established bushes in early spring (April-May) to maintain a shape.
In other words keep nibbling at it reducing some of the growth a little at a time until you have tamed it.

Frank.

Peony Pruning?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 12:59

Gardening Grandma, as a child we had a smallholding as many did back then, my Father a very keen gardener fed us and the extended family from a walled garden and the animals hens geese ducks we kept. Two Uncles also had farms so really we were well provided for unlike so many at the time.
That land now has a large four bed roomed house on it and the garden divided into four separate garden, apart from some help from me when old enough Dad did it all himself. His motto was if you cannot eat it or sell it there is no room for it, but then he grew Paeonia, Pinks, Carnations and show stopping Chrysanthemums plus a very long row of Madonna Lily's, I grow them all apart from the lily's.
Your can quite easily put in a nursery bed along a wall or fence as long as they get some sunlight, as they grow plant in front of them with annual plants low growing to take the eye, many seeds do need to be put in a nursery bed so space can be made.
I sometimes do not prune down the paeonia until spring leaving the dry foliage as a frost guard, some gardeners prune in Autumn then lay the cuttings over the root ball as frost guard, we all have our ways although as soon as the leaves are dead and dry they stop doing their job and can be cut down if you wish.
Garden are our individual choice, I do not go with the fashion model makeover etc although my garden has changed as I get older and stiffer.
I try to answer question where I have knowledge, which is not everything asked, because the people asking have not had the pleasure of being brought up with good gardens. The last forty or more years of a lawn a swing and a bit of a flower bed restricted peoples knowledge, now there is a rush back to vegetable growing, what a treat they are in for when they eat their own produce.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 11:23

Eight letters beginning with "S", Sunshine although plenty of cloud, very dour looking over towards the Hills to the South and not much better towards the east coast, as usual Teesside bucks the trend.
A day in the garden or what is left of the day, after feeding my grandchildren yesterday I needed a clean up.
Maybe a visit to the local nursery they have two for one offers on and they do have very good plants.

Frank.

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