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What's your day been like?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 23:35

I'm sorry to read that your day has not been so great happens to all of us... mine has been not too bad as I didn't get up until nearly mid day....insomniac don't go to bed until 3 am....  can't garden...dark before I get out...

did buy some hort. grit and decorative chippings... and made a gorgeous dinner for ate most of it...


Posted: 13/01/2014 at 23:29

..perennial rule breaker here... I chop down my Miscanthus before mid Dec.... I don't like the straw blowing about the garden all winter... I like to see them frosted up a bit in November but after that... chop with shears... this season I dug up the great clump and left it lying around for about a week before dividing and replanting... it'll survive...

..other grasses I leave till Spring..haven't got that many...

I'm awaiting the availability of a new American one called Schizachyrium 'Prairie Munchkin'.... it's a form of buffalo grass I think...I've grown one such type previously but this looks to be something out of the ordinary...

Apple Trees

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 23:23

I've just ordered 2 apple trees for container growing, on M9 rootstock.

Arthur Turner, which I've grown before and has the most gorgeous flowers... it has an AGM for this...

and Red Windsor...a dessert apple... not tried that one before... so I'm looking forward to growing those.... I had others in mind..there are so many to choose from but after much deliberation....

..the online nursery I use hasn't been mentioned here but I prefer it for it's ease of use and availability of chosen rootstocks...

What's your day been like?

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 20:26

...haven't washed a pot in my gardening life...not that I recommend this as a way forward...well, I do,..but then I can't recall when I last did any ironing either...

...don't garden mid-Dec - mid-Feb... I notice some bulbs coming up and I think a dead Camellia... it can wait.... I find reading a pleasure at this time of year.... that's what I've done today....   I hope others have been more productive...

Small nurseries online

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 18:38
Verdun wrote (see)

Salino, I shall look forward to going through that list tomorrow.  What a feast!  I already know a couple on that list.  Thanks 

..I thought you would have known them all !.. hope you find something nice to think about at least...

artjak wrote (see)

salino, what a useful link!

...I'm pleased you found it so... It makes me feel like a child in a sweet shop...

Tough shrub for shady, windy spot

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 23:52

I've never been keen on Mahonia's but if I were to buy one I would go for the 2013 RHS plant of the year - Mahonia 'Soft Caress'... this is said to be suitable for shade and windy conditions yet it's leaves are entirely different being soft and ferny, not thorny....  hopefully will be more readily available this coming season.... it looks to have a great future I think....

Small nurseries online

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 23:38



I refer to this site a lot, which contains links to a number of small specialist nurseries.  I especially like the one at Roseland House for it's climbers....but there are many others here.... I find it a pleasure to explore... I hope you do too...



August bloomers

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 18:45 that date, Aster's are usually at their best... I would certainly try those ... many varieties available...

What is this ornamental tree please?

Posted: 01/01/2014 at 11:54

..I think you were right earlier with Swedish Whitebeam - Sorbus intermedia.

''S. intermedia was introduced to cultivation in 1789, and is now widely planted as an ornamental tree, especially in town streets and parks.''

..from Online Atlas of British and Irish street trees

planting depth for roses

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 18:30

..I find the graft such an ugly thing to look at.... out of sight preferably, for me..

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