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dogwood in containers

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 09:48
ronan q wrote (see)

Would cornus sanguinea be suitable for planting in a large container. I was hoping it would be ok if I kept it well pruned it should be ok. Any suggestions?



The idea of growing Cornus (Dogwood) is for the coloured stems to liven up the garden in winter so go easy on the pruning.
They do nothing but leaf up all summer then drop the leaves and colour up from bright red through the spectrum to green depending on which type it is. With mine I cut them right back in spring then as they reach the height i want run the hedge trimmer over them and that does it until the next spring. They sit next to a single bush of Golden Privet which offsets the red of the stems and certainly brightens up part of the winter garden which can get quite drab.
Geoff is correct, all you need to do is watch the watering and some feed early spring with a bit of mulch in summer.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 09:34

Used to have pigs that often got a cob on Zoomer so livid wild boars must be a sight to see. I did learn from an early age there are no dumb animals, they can be as placid or upset as we can, try pushing a milking cow into the wrong stall for milking and you had one very upset cow.
Teesside had early morning sun, still has though it is clouding over a bit. The windows are open and a warm gentle breeze is wafting through the house. Today is a pottering day, a bit of dead heading, pluck some weeds, rake in some mulch then prepare Sunday lunch on a Tuesday for the Grandchildren coming from school, that will be the highlight of my day seeing my Granddaughter who will not eat meat at home finish off the beef.


My weather forecast has gone!

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 09:20

Teesside, sunshine and cloud, just managed to get the lawns cut yesterday before the rains came.
My weather forecast is always there, I just look out of the windows, north south east and west. The weather front is normally hovering along the coastline, the hills give some idea of the day we will have and to the west we can see almost to the pennines as to what we are about to receive. Our local weather forecaster is well and truly foxed by the diversity of the area, it can change three times from one side of the Tees to the other ask our own "RAIN" with the outdoor swimming pool that was.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 22:47
Shrinking Violet wrote (see)

The mind boggles at your swimming cozzie, Frank! 


I Lass but I am a dab hand at reversing the horse drawn bathing machine into the water.
Zoomer what made the boars wild???


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 15:29

Florence Nightingale Posh, mine has to be by self administration these day, not quite the same though.
I thought if we do get any long term sun being only twenty minutes from beaches both sides of the Tees I would get my one piece prison striped costume that goes to the ankle out (modest I am) it would have to be a stick on droopy mustache though it may wash off with a big wave.
The lawn is cut blades up then blades down filled several bags for green-waste, it is lovely and green though, likes this warm damp weather. Had to get it done today as the grand children are expecting a full Sunday lunch served on Tuesday after school. I had to buy strawberries as mine are rubbish this year, I will start again with new plants next year.
give OH my condolances.


Not all bad news in the garden

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 13:43

Lilly, my strawberry's are rubbish, normally I have masses of them and the grand children delight in eating them fresh from the plants. Peas were no good but the herbs are flying up, they are against a wall and sheltered so get the residual heat.
Grass definitely loves it and where the birds have scattered seed I am continually pulling tufts of it out.
The crocosmia is a jungle some of that will come out once it has flowered and the Golden Privet loves the weather I need to trim it again. They are stand alone bushes to add winter colour to the garden, normally they would be trimmed once in Spring and once in Autumn but they need a good seeing to now.
The one good point this year is very few Dandelions, some of the grass area's around here are usually full of them but not this year thank goodness.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 13:33

Teesside at six this morning had lovely sunshine up to nine then  it clouded over, we had some light rain and now just dull.
We never got the storm yesterday it blew north, someone else got it and as I write it is getting brighter by the minute.
It better be sunny on Wednesday as we are getting the Queen to open the white water facility which will be the training ground for some of the Olympic teams, this Town has certainly changed since she came 35 years ago.


Not all bad news in the garden

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 16:11

Had a walk around the garden taking stock after a good lunch and was surprised at how well most of the plants are doing.
My Hydrangea Macrophylla Sheila is in full bloom with pink corymbs of flowers, it is in a sheltered spot and gets afternoon and evening sun. The Heuchera has flowered with tall bracts above the purple leaves next to the Fuchsia with its red flowers and the Potentilla with its yellow flowers.
There is so much in bloom as other plants finish and get dead headed, The Peonia leaves are glistening as they take in the sunlight to feed the roots. It is not all good news but nature likes this weather better than we do.
We will write some things off, enjoy what we get and make plans for next year, that is gardening, look ahead not back.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 10:46
David K wrote (see)

Thanks for that, Frank, although it's bit 'coals to Newcastle' in my case, as I've always been a bit of a History buff meself......although I will admit to being mainly interested in the Tudor & Victorian eras.

Btw, I see folklore as being fiction in the main & history being well documented fact.

With you there David although I was interested in the Persian Empire and early Greek, quite a lot of that is documented and some folk lore which when you consider a lot of the books written about those times came hundreds of years later as written down folk stories it makes you wonder, thank goodness for Archeology.
It drives me mad to read books written about the war by young researchers that get it all so wrong, we all have our crosses to bear.


Deutzia - should it stay or should it go now

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 10:37

I have a deutzia that is 20 years old and has been moved twice before it found its place in life, semi shade with afternoon and evening sun.
It blooms in April May with a mass of white flowers that attract bees and hover flies plus other insects and it lasts for a long time.
At around four feet high now (it is slow growing) I give it a very light trim once a year and a feed at the roots in spring otherwise it is no trouble at all
I would suppose that it being an early bloomer it helps the insects at a lean time for them so mine will stay.

PS my spell check just came up with Deities for Deutzia?

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