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Hedgerow fruit

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 11:29

...I also like that Keepers site very much... I find the way you can key in your preferred rootstock and it finds all those available, and then search for appropriate pollinators to go with it...  I have my eye on a couple of apples, one called Herefordshire Russet and the other Charles Ross.... on M9 for container growing.... I've grown M9 in the ground before and I realise Mr Don suggested using a more vigorous rootstock recently, for containers, but I still think M9 is best for me... as they may get planted later on... it's fun searching these fruits out I's a pity we cannot do a taste test, as there are so many I've not heard of that I might prefer...

something in the air

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 10:24 problem.. people come and go all the time on forums... one leaves another 5's a bit like immigration...

something in the air

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 00:13

..referring to Highland Jeannie's post above...

..well, I do think that's terribly unkind and unfair to call another forum member an ''inadequate and ineffectual numpty'' and ''dilbert''.. did you read the thread in question?

I'm beginning to feel sorry for Jim Macd, he was giving alternative advice albeit rather patronisingly given, and overly critical, but waterbutts, to be brutally honest, should have stood their ground and put their case further, as she didn't get an answer from Jim,  instead of running away in a huff... 

I did intend to go on that thread and give waterbutts support as I thought her/his points made were more lucid and to the point,  however it's up to the original thread starter and any reader to choose the advice they run with... along with waterbutts and others on that thread,  Jim Macd sounds like an experienced fruit grower of long standing...and I enjoyed reading the input from all those people even though they were at odds....

I might add, this is what is wrong, in my opinion... someone disputes a point with a respected member who is part of a clicky group, and everyone then gangs up on the other person who isn't.... that isn't very nice, in my view... it's ostracising certain people... if you're not part of that clique, then tough for you... and I know what it's like having been on the receiving end of it a while ago from a couple of people here... however I'm not so sensitive -

....I'm sorry, I don't like to see people singled out.. however, enjoy your's still chucking it down here...

Greatest Gardens Week 3

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 22:46

..very interesting write up George...thank you... you might like to know, in case you're not aware, that this featured, albeit briefly, in Monty Don's Italian Garden series, part 4...when he was doing a boat tour around lake Como... here is the you tube link if anyone would like to see... the Lake Como segment starts about 32 minutes in, and the garden in question - viewed only from the lake -  at about 34 mins 40 secs or something like that...  also shots of Clooney's and Richard Branson's houses.... I prefer Clooney's... but either would do...


something in the air

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 13:51

..I used to like it more than I do now... I've become convinced that a number of thread starters, where the member has some strange unknown name and is their first and only post, are started by 'bots' [computerised robots].... a question is put to invite comment and this attracts attention with many posts, but of course you never hear from the original poster might as well be talking to a brick wall...

I've seen this on other commercial forums, one I know where the owner deliberately starts off controversial threads to get people talking... it exposes more people to the I'm suspicious of that happening here much more nowadays...



Posted: 14/10/2013 at 13:42

..should you ever be in the East Devon area, you might like to visit the gorgeous, and very large gardens at Bicton, near Budleigh Salterton...not only do they have 25 'champiion' trees but they claim to have the oldest Wisteria sinensis in the country, at over 180 years old... as you can imagine, a very rugged specimen but still blooms beautifully... I recall, it's near the tea room... so that's quite convenient...

something in the air

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 11:54

..oh dear, that's a shame... I was just reading your posts on apples...

it's only a forum as far as I'm concerned - no one really knows anyone else... I do wonder if some people develop an inflated sense of their own importance within it, and get easily offended by criticism... also I find it a bit like 'Mumsnet' at times.....and we wouldn't want to go there too often...

Hedge choices

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 22:30

...this is a very personal decision, the choice is yours really but for me I wouldn't have any of those you've mentioned... I don't like Cotoneaster hedges, the Pittosporum isn't reliably hardy and not easy to find I think, that particular one..there are other varieties of that but Pittosporum don't look good when regularly clipped as a hedge, in my opinion... the Lonicera is alright but most people plant Baggeson's Gold and I find all that variegation too much for my eyes..

my choices would be... Buxus sempervirens [not the dwarf variety]

Griselinia littoralis, with perhaps the variegated version every 5th plant in the row, just to lighten it up..

Rose 'Iceberg'... deciduous of course but this makes a lovely low flowering hedge...

...just alternatives to ponder..

Not What I Thought!

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 12:51

C. bungeii......I see one in a town garden in Fenland that seems to survive well enough - on my way to work...although I believe they die back to ground level like Fuchsia's and regrow to flower in the same season, if caught by severe weather....

..perhaps best for the south coast....? any case the leaves are smelly when crushed....


..p.s. I'm having trouble with the forums workings today...I don't think they like people who don't visit too often...

Alien abduction?

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 12:12

...I'm just posting this to see if the forum has been abducted, as it doesn't seem to be working correctly...

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