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drat and curses to this hot sunny weather

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 22:51
Wintersong wrote (see)

Why oh why did I build my veg plot at the end of my garden? 

Now you mention it, why do we put them at the bottom of the garden? I don't know anyone who's done the sensible thing and put it by the kitchen door.

I've found it very tedious getting home from work, and wandering round the garden with glass of wine in hand.

Though, and only a gardener would say this, I'm worried that my water butts will run out if we don't get any rain 


A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 22:40

Bronze Fennel. If you grow it for goodness sakes don't let it seed. It's a B******r to get rid of as it has a real thug of a root.

The other one is Carex Comans Bronze. Bought one about 8 yrs ago, still pulling out the offspring.

Looking for best/fastest creeper/vine for a time lapse music video idea

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 22:28

Russian Vine if you're not worried about it spreading. They don't call it Mile a Minute for nothing. I know from experience. Mumbly years ago as a naive but enthusiastic gardener I asked the bloke at the garden centre to recommend a climber to cover a fence. Took a lot longer to get out than it did to cover the fence 

Cloud pruning anyone?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 06:17

Can't move the water butt Wintersong. I don't have anywhere left to move it 

Dove, I'll do that and see what it looks like next year

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 06:09

Ok you've all convinced me  Lucky3 I'll go buy meself a carnivorous plant. I can live with the natural recycling route.

Rhododendrons and horse muck !

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 05:52

Hi Pash, I think you've found it, at least it's the nearest I've seen to it. Looking at the description on the RHS and Millais' web sites I think it's Ginny Gee.

Thank you. A Twix to Pash 

Rhododendrons and horse muck !

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 07:18

Sounds good to me Chicky!


Suggestions please..

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 06:50

Carole Klein on this week's GW suggested Prunus kojo nomai which she grows in a pot. Flowering cherries definitely have the wow factor

Brown leaves on rhododendrons

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 06:44

Are all the leaves turning brown or just a few? A few is normal, even evergreens lose a few leaves, and I would think a hard pruning could be a bit of a shock to it, especially if it's followed by a bad winter which will cause browning.

As Verdun says it could also be a fungal infection. If you don't think it is then I'd feed it, and keep your fingers crossed

Cloud pruning anyone?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 06:21

I've decided to cloud prune my Snake Bark Maple. Partly because I was given it as a "small Japanese Acer" which is now about 10ft tall and just as wide, and partly because I'm having to play Rambo to get to one of the water butts and my spare pots.

Yesterday I pruned out some of the under branches so that the bark can be seen. I think for this year that's enough, but does anyone know how I should tackle the top growth so I can create a more even top?

Before and after pics attached. I know realise I'll have to tidy up back there!



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