Paul N

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Olive tree advice needed

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 10:01

We have two ten year old olive trees which remain outside during winter. During one winter, one was cut down to the ground by the freezing weather but shoots later appeared from the base. The fruit will never properly mature in our climate and remain like bullets.

Over winter non hardy fuschia

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 09:55

Is there nowhere indoors you could store your tender fuchsias? On top of a wardrobe or under a bed? Even storing tender fuchsias in a cool greenhouse can be a hit-or-miss affair.

when is the best to mulch/improve the soil

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 09:53

Me too. Once the autumn leaves have fallen on the lawn, I rake them into a pile and go over the pile with a motor mower, storing the damp leaves in black bin liners. So in a few weeks I will tip out last years leaf mould and mulch some of the borders. I've been doing this for years and can never understand why many people burn theirs or tip the leaves into wheelie bins. Such waste!

Fuchsia cuttings

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 09:49

One usually take cuttings from fuchsias in the Spring as this gives them time in the soil to build up a good root system. As these are late ones I agree with the advice to leave them in the greenhouse over Winter and plant them out next year.

Giverny in September

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 21:12

No, treat yourselves, it is THAT fabulous.



Giverny in September

Posted: 02/10/2012 at 13:40!

Last week my wife and I finally visted Claude Monet's garden at Giverny and what a stunning place it is. Just a few miles south of Vernon and an hours drive west of Paris, the sleepy village was buzzing with the hushed voices of many enthusiastic visitors from all over the world. Our picture was taken by a lady from Chicago who had also visited Sissinghurst. Utterly stunning and we loved the slightly jungly appearance, something we've done in our own garden. Monet had thrown the rile book out with the bathwater and created the garden his way, and of course to paint. We shall return again in another season, perhaps in June when the roses will be in their prime.

Rose Cuttings Question

Posted: 29/08/2012 at 23:05


Leaves in six weeks? It sounds as if you are going to be successful. If they are not covered by a plastic bag, try to mist them with a hand sprayer each day. Don't worry too much about them loosing their leaves over winter as all roses will do that anyway.


Flowering rose.

Have a look at this link for the Dog Rose (Rosa canina).

The hedgerows alongside my garden have many Dog Roses and i find tiny examples growing in cracks in the paths or brick walls. I tend to pot them up until I decide where I can place them. I have no experience of taking cuttings of the Dog Rose but they clearly grow well from seed. I have succeeded in growing Rosa rugosa from seed although this is a fair bit slower to reaching flowering stage than taking cuttings. I took a rose hip in the autumn, opened it up and allowed the seed to dry for a few days, inserted the seed in a plastic bag in some sharp sand and left in the fridge for six weeks to immitate the winter (stratification), sow seed in seed compost and wait for the seeds to germinate. One rose hip provided me with eight strong and healthy plants a couple of years later.


Hurrah! New Gardening Prog.

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 20:54

No thanks. I read about the programme, discovered who the presenters were and thought "Oh no, not another dreadful makeover show!" It seems I am right. I enjoy GARDENING programmes, not his twoddle.

Unknown Fuchsia

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 19:07

I presume you haven't sent these images to the National Fuchsia Collection in Sutton-at-Hone?

What is it please

Posted: 10/08/2012 at 22:22


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