philippa smith2

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Sedum plants from cuttings

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 17:22

MyGarden25 - I'd think so - just remember that at this titchy stage, even hardy plants can suffer from cold and wet particularly sedums and other succulents.

You are quite right - most of them are tough little things and flowering late in the summer they are ideal for topping up the bees, butterflies and other insects.  Mine are just going over now but I leave the flowering stems on until Spring for 2 reasons - they help protect the new growth at the centre ( already showing here) and they sometimes provide a home for hibernating insects too.

You'll be surprised at how quickly you figure stuff out.  Hope you enjoy it

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Posted: 09/11/2017 at 16:17

Some Garden centres sell by the linear metre - may be worth checking out.

Sedum plants from cuttings

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 16:15

I find them easy to do from stem cuttings - not so much danger of rotting off.

Congratulations anyway however you did them !  If you can keep them frost free over the winter and don't overwater, they should be fine.  Depending on the size and the amount of roots, individually in small pots with nice gritty soil would be ideal I think.  They are hardy plants so best kept out of a warm house if you can avoid it.  If not, a cool spot in light and keep an eye on them.


Posted: 09/11/2017 at 15:45

Not only the sap to be wary of either.  The "hairy" leaves of plants such as ridge cucumbers, courgettes and similar can pose a problem - often made worse by working with these in strong sunlight.

Even brushing against Fig leaves gives me a rash

Obviously some skins are more sensitive than others - unfortunately, it is usually a matter of trial and error.

Reasons to be cheerful

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 18:04

The Sparrowhawk in the garden this afternoon - haven't seen him/her for a few weeks so that made my day

And the last few butterflies sunbathing on the south stone wall

What type of tree

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 17:58

I'd second that.  If you want to replant, I'd get a move on - it won't thank you for sitting out in the sun for too long 

Removal of Protected Silver Birch

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 16:11

To be fair, the councils do often have a point.  The more people are scrunched up together in their living space, the more complaints are made about trees.  They cast too much shade, obscure a view, even, God forbid, drop leaves.

Serious issues with trees, whether TPO'd or not, need to be dealt with on a sensible basis.  IME, the councils tend to be rather blase about TPO's or Conservation areas without taking into account the damage that can be caused to both people and property.  Quite often, it is simply the result of those council employees who rarely struggle out from beyond their desks to ascertain the risks posed by trees.  They tend to rely on "experts" who have no knowledge of wind direction, etc. to direct any necessary pruning.

On the other side, many complaints about trees are made simply on the basis that they are inconvenient to the complainant and those who apply for permission to remove or too drastically prune on that basis should quite rightly be sent off with a flea /leaf in their ear.

Common sense - all too often lacking on both sides - should be the name of the game.

Removal of Protected Silver Birch

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 15:09

If you have evidence - in the form of a surveyor's report or similar that the roots are causing damage to sewers, that in itself should make your local council sit up and think.

Have you spoken to the organisation responsible for the sewers ?  I'd imagine they would prove to be an ally in this sort of situation.

Unfortunately, local councils can become very blase about TPO's - countless damage can be caused by badly pruned trees but it often doesn't seem to get through to those in power.

Did the gardening help you to lose weight?

Posted: 07/11/2017 at 17:43

My kind of gardening , today at least, has consisted of following Tree person around and picking up the bits to shred.  So, that is walking, bending, lifting, walking, twiddling with shredder, pulling hood over head due to rain, pulling tarp over electric shredder, losing the will to will and eventually partaking of a glass of wine. That's a lot of exercise and not a jot of Garcinia or Nivele in sight.

Fairy - you will of course be wanting to take Garcinia and Nivele when you go walking in the hills - the more I type those words, the more they sound like pet dogs, racoons or WHY - I can't imagine how you manage your treks without it/them - very successfully I reckon 

Time for a healthy dinner I think !!

Did the gardening help you to lose weight?

Posted: 07/11/2017 at 17:05

If you are fat, any form of exercise be it gardening, walking, etc. combined with a decent diet should enable you to lose weight.

No idea what either Garcinia or Nivele are - do you drink it, lather it on or just look at it ?

What about you ?  Did you manage to lose weight ?

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