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Pruning Sambucus Nigra black lace

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 07:53

Katherine - Yes, mine are looking great at the moment too.

Pruning Sambucus Nigra black lace

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 16:26

I cut mine down to about 2 foot last year.  Was about 7-8 foot until a week ago and lost a foot or so in height in the wind we had.

My sister has pruned hers into a tree shape with a main 'trunk' which is pretty effective.

miss selling , what next

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 16:24

I bought three Pattys Plum poppies and planted them out.  Just started flowering and they are bright orange, definately NOT patty's plum!  Have dug them out as they clash in the border and donate to a friend.

I cant remember which catalogue I bought them from as I threw the paperwork away once they were planted and growing well.

V Annoying!

Then and Now.....

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 16:02

I can imagine Penelope!  Looks like you would get strong winds from your photos.

Problem here is strong winds but as our road is only a few hundred yards from a tidal estury we get the salt winds too. 

Have to be really careful what goes in the front garden.  Back garden not so bad but have had some spectacular failures with some things like acers.  In fact, donated a very poorly acer to a colleague and it now looks amazing in her lovely sheltered garden.


Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:57

you couldalways bung a load in and cut as shoots for salads.  Thats what I do up until the first frosts.

Last night's Gardeners World

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:55

I enjoyed last week's episode too.  I much prefer the programme going into gardens, large and small and having the owner talk through their plot, the advantages and disadvantages, what works and what doesnt.

I only buy the GW mag occasionally now.  For example, for the two-for-one card.  I used last year's card in a number of counties, including the one where I live.  Next garden in the 2-for-1 scheme on my list is Poppy Cottage in Cornwall.  Its been shown on GW a couple of times and I have been in Spring and summer.  Will be taking my mum when she is in Cornwall later this year.  Its stunning

Then and Now.....

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:36

Looks great.  I imagine the fence and planting help as windbreaks?


Posted: 05/06/2015 at 11:48

Thanks Runnybeak.  It was a difficult decision but as we dont know how long we wont be able to commit to the plot, it wasnt fair to continue.

Hubby has started to dismantle beds but he did manage to pick a sizeable crop of our first, early strawbs which are now finishing ripening in the conservatory!

I have some climbing french beans, spinach and peas (for pea shoots) in posts in the garden but its not quite the same!

Anyone have damage from last night's tulmultous weather?

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 16:15

I live in North Cornwall and things were pretty windy here earlier this week.

Top of my black sambucus has snapped off and the new stalks of my stipia gigantica are all bent over.  My climbing rose looks a little battered but I think its okay.


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 14:36

I wait until they start to ripen then net. 

Unfortunately, have had to give up the alloment recently.  Poorly mother and mother in law mean that we are unable to dedicate the time any more.  Havent been up there to work on it since February when MIL went into hospital.

So we are going to give it a tidy, dismantle the raised beds and leave it in a suitable state.  Hubby started to strim very overgrown paths yesterday and managed to pick a sizeable first crop of early strawbs.  Sad, but cant really see a way around it or a foreseeable end to current situation.

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