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Young gooseberry plant - should the leaves fall off in winter?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 15:43

When and how do you prune gooseberries?


wild flowers from seed

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 23:38

Will try as you suggest but doubt whether I will be able to see any soil to sow into.

wild flowers from seed

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 16:34

How would you go about planting the seed as the grass is very thick? I planted all sorts of perenials in groups of three and a few wild flowers. But to be quite honest I might habe groups of two by next summer as some died before they got going. There were meadow buttercup, bladder campion, yarrow, field scabious, meadow clary, ladys bedstraw, black knapweed, greater knapweed, wild carrot, meadow cranesbill, hyssop, st johns wort and fox and cubs for the wild flowers. Then coreopsis, centaurea, lythrum robin, leucanthemum, oenothera, inula, sedum, phlox, monarda, polemonium, heliopsis, aster, galiardia, solidago, liatris, salvia, verbena bonar..., campanula, aconitum, lobelia, echinacea, linaria, cleome, catanache and echinacea purpurea. So as you can see I invested quite a lot of money and a great deal of tme and effort digging up the grass to plant them. If they were all to grow there is still room to plant the sme amount again without it looking crowded. So what next???

creating a flower border

Posted: 08/01/2014 at 16:13

Thanks for your ideas.


wild flowers from seed

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 23:50

Well I think I made a big mistake with my planned wild flower meadow as the grass has grown too well!

Picture if you can the front of my barn with an established lime tree in the centre of a fairly large area which had been rough grass until I set about my master plan. For the first year I chopped down thistles, nettles, docks and other unwanted plants. Then I weed killed endlessly. This was followed by hand picking out loads of bricks and stones. By then I had no energy left to dig over the plot so I hired a man with a large rotavator. Then there was more rubble picking to do.

Next came my fatal error I (and some helpful relatives) raked and seeded the lot. It was meant to be a slow growing grass. By last spring the grass had grown well and I contemplated my next move. Using the tree as a centre point I got my other half to mow paths radiating out from the tree like the rays of the sun! Then as my attempts at growing wild flowers from seed had failed I spent last summer digging holes in the unmown strips of grass and planting established wild flower and perennials. This proved to be both hard work and costly as there is quite a large eexpanse to plant up. At the end of the summer I strimmed the whole lot down carefully avoiding all my flowers and raked up all the grass!

My problem now as you can imagine is too much grass which threatens to overwhelm the flowers. My vision of wandering along the mown paths enjoying my ??  wild flower meadow is a distant fancy.

My husband says I should buy a sit on mower and mow the lot down. My son in law says he will lend me some electric fencing and a few sheep to solve the problem. I am so disappointed!!!!!!!








box balls

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 11:36

Ok thanks. I will have to be patient. The yew balls which I bought at the same time seem to be doing much better.

creating a flower border

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 11:29

One was armandi because I thought an evergreen one would provide all round interest but unfortunately it died quite quickly. The others were the large flowering summer ones. Will look at the ones you suggested.

box balls

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 11:19

I planted 2 box balls in pots last spring and they dont seem to be growing much. I repotted them into larger pots and they have lots of root but not much top growth. Any suggestions?

creating a flower border

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 11:15

An update on the border. For wall climbers I plnted 2 roses, a quince, a cotoneaster , the evergreen hydranga, a ceonanthus and several clematis. Unfortunately the clematis died and the hydrangas are struggling. The most successful so far is the ceonanthus which is interesting as it said on the label plant in full sun! in front of the wall I have planted a variety of perenials sticking to a blue and pink colour scheme with the odd white flower here and there. I will post a picture later in the year when everything is in flower.

wild flowers from seed

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 10:58

I threw some of the seeds in a tray of compost and put in my cold greenhouse and to my surprise they have germinated. So I now have 3 trays full of wild flower seedlings but need advise now on how to look after them so they dont shrivel up and die before the spring.


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