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Daphne is too big for her boots!

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 10:49

Thanks both.  Hmmm....that doesn't sound too good! 

Variety - I think - is daphne odoro (possibly Jacqueline Postill?)

 

Daphne is too big for her boots!

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 17:03

I have two fabulous daphne bushes in the garden, planted about 10 years ago.  They are the stars of the show at this time of year, absolutely covered in bloom and pumping out delicious fragrance that fills the whole garden.  The problem is that they have now outgrown their space - they are about 7 foot high and four foot across.  I need to reduce them - certainly reduce their height. 

Can anyone advise on how best to go about it, without losing too much of next years flower?

 

 

Movie quotes

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 22:06

Aw, Pale Rider, I'd have got that one!  I should look in on this thread more often...

Can you recognise:   "This kind of certainty comes but just once in a lifetime"?

Dying Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Tree

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 09:30

I'd definitely say wait til your spring before writing out the death certificate - there is just a chance it will get over its shock and come back again after a rest over winter.

Poor thing!

 

 

Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 09:24

I'd agree with David that beating nature is hard to do but I also know just how itchy I get in January to see things growing!  In practice, the early-sown seeds of most plants don't really get you ahead of the game - the later sowings nearly always catch up and (to be honest) are often healthier..... BUT it is just so nice to see something green happening as early as possible!   So, as long as you don't expect miracles from your propagator I'd say go ahead and have fun with it.   And there are definitely a few seeds that do benefit from early sowings. 

But you do need to think about where you put the baby seedlings once they've germinated - they won't need heat any more but they mustn't be cold, and they'll need lots and lots of light.   Have you got anywhere that might work?

Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 08:20

They are great but you do need to make sure the windowsill gets enough light or your baby seedlings can really suffer.... that was the mistake I made!  Or make sure you have somewhere very light to move them to when they've germinated.

Wellies!

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 13:14

I've just splashed out on a pair of really good wellies so I looked at lots of brands.  Apparently Hunters used to be good quality but are now made to a different specification and have gone seriously downhill.  I needed a pair of wellies that I could go long walks in (with dog) so my priority was comfort, grip and being long-lasting.  I ended up with Aigle Parcours and they are completely fabulous - more comfy than slippers, and as good as my hiking boots over mud and rocks.  Ten mile walk no problem, and nice and warm too.  But you do pay for them - mine were just over £100.

For gardening I mainly wear my hiking boots, but that's cos our garden is on a 1:3 slope and made of rocks!

 

Movie quotes

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 22:00

The 'I hope...' one is Shawshank Redemption, isn't it?

Degree Research

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 15:59

Digging in our very stoney ground.

Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 07:42

I've just arrived! Nightmare flight over the bristol channel. Any cake left?  Pleeeeeeeeeeease?

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