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Osmanthus layering

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 23:27

..I'm sorry you've not had a reply so far.... according to the late and much esteemed writer Graham Stuart Thomas, Osmanthus burkwoodii can be propagated either by cuttings, or layering.... he gives a good description of the technique although I assume you will already have a knowledge of this...

...so there.... get layering...

Walnut tree and climbing rose

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:23

..all about trial and error with this I think.. as you can see from the American forum quoted by 'Dove'... you could write to David Austin's, or Peter Beales, famous rose growers, or the National Trust even, and see if they could recommend any in particular, however you'd most likely get an admin person replying and I'm not sure if they would have the experience... not many people have big Walnut trees in their gardens, or are adventurous enough to grow a rambler up it... I might also ponder whether I would want to adulterate the tree in such a way...  I've grown ramblers up Willows...Elders...Hawthorns..Apples.. and even Magnolia, but never had a Walnut to use...

...however, I would be surprised if 'Paul's Himalayan Musk' rambler would be intimidated by it... this is the one you probably saw at Wisley... a pretty pink... others like 'Lykkefund' [creamy yellow]...Rose-Marie Viaud [purple/mauve]...Alberic Barbier ...amongst others...  some modern ramblers like 'Malvern Hills' and which repeats, will also grow much larger than is advertised...I have found this to be capable of well over 20 foot...with seemingly endless growth...

..I might try 2... one each side of the tree, with the view to take whichever one out that performed less well... which might result in a difficult decision after a couple of years... I would also plant well out, to the outer regions of the trees branches, with canes, to train the shoots towards the tree's centre...

...nothing ventured...nothing gained...

Walnut tree and climbing rose

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 10:23

..yes there are, several... what colour do you like..?

Square Foot Raised Gardens

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 23:02

..well done Mikey... that's the way to do it...

Horsetail

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:58

..a soul destroying weed...you can only live with it I think and try not to let it dominate your gardening life...those spore carrying tubes are quite the ugliest...

..one thing it doesn't appear to appreciate is deep shade and competition, therefore extensive ground cover can help... one plant that gives me some respite is Geranium macorrhizum... especially the variety 'Bevans'.... it has really large leaves, is semi evergreen with an indefinite spread, and creates dense shade underneath...  and importantly, is in active growth very early before horsetail gets going... it does suppress the weed somewhat, which is forced to circle it mostly, although still some appears in the middle during the summer... but it does help give the gardener a rest, as this Geranium is much like an aggressive weed in itself, but a welcome one... I use it extensively - have to... it's the only ground cover plant I know that offers some relief...

Slow growing running bamboo

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:47

..poor Jonny... you won't make that mistake again...lol... stick with bamboo if you must, although I think there are better choices you could have made - different varieties I mean...you must be a glutton for punishment....

Slow growing running bamboo

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 20:38

..I'm puzzled as to why anyone should want to have running bamboo....you seem quite relaxed about it there, Jonny.... good to see in that way... I'm sure all those shoots will be popping up very soon.... just like field horsetail, which is about to unleash itself where I am.... perhaps you'd like some of that too...lol... it's a good spreader...!

Rose sucker

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 19:33

..if you're careful you can remove the soil around the shoot, using a trowel, rather like a cat digs a pit... until you can see where it's coming from...a little rummaging is involved here but it's not difficult....if above the union then it's the rose, if below it's a sucker and you can remove it... this won't bother the rose too much...

Identify a yellow flower from a bulb

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 18:28

..ooh, that's a tricky one... I think you best ask for the named variety on this one..

Rhubarb Crumble

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 17:13

...half fat Creme Fraiche... don't grow rhubarb but I quite like Asda's crumble at £1.50 - frozen... enough for 4....well 3...

...glad you enjoyed your home grown...

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