Shrinking Violet


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Pruning Magnolia Stellata

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 21:23

  I inherited one when we moved here 16 years ago;  I have pruned it every couple of years or so, and never had a problem.  I just look at the height and shape, and cut to an appropriate bud on a stem, and then stand back and check that I'm achieving a nice shape.  I do this in early summer, shortly after flowering.

This has meant that I have successfully reduced the crown, preventing it from getting too large, but that it has never had to suffer drastic pruning in any one year.

It flowers profusely each spring, and I've won prizes at the local Horticultural Society spring show with cut branches, so it clearly has liked what I've done.

 

 

A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 14:48

So glad you're home again Frank - and the garden is truly good medicine, whether it's just pottering and letting the mind sort out niggling problems, or just ignoring them and allowing real mental refreshment!

Good luck for speedy complete recovery - also Alan and Mike who have had their  (un)fair share of hospitals, too!

Overgrown garden

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:45

I think it really was something to do with the very nature of the wee, bekkie, whether it's acidity or whatever, I have no idea (and not sure I would care to find out, anyway!)  If the "equipment" is an issue, then I think there is a product known as a "She-wee" (really!) that could be brought to good use.

For my part, I prefer to let the gents do whatever is necessary (you don't have to leave the "lid" of cardboard up, do you? ) and I can garden in a more ladylike way!

(Sorry to take over your thread, Pippiitz - hope you are able to sort things out, have a bit of a chuckle while you're doing so, and have a super garden by this time next year!)

Overgrown garden

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 17:13

Ahem Steve - I think you'll find that gentlemen's wee is what is required, and Katy doesn't quite fit that description!   (I recall Toby Buckland, when doing his stint at Gardeners' World on TV making just such a point!)

Tomato truss broken

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 17:08

OK - not sure whether or not I should post this on the Senior Moments thread - but the tomato that I was talking about upthread I called Orkado

Suttons seeds F1 - packet says: "Delicious medium size fruits, for greenhouse or outdoor growing" 

Cost was £2.99 for 10 seeds, but I had 100% germination, good healthy plants and no cultivation problems.                                   

                                                     

 

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 17:31

I ordered lily bulbs on a "special offer" via the Daily Telegraph:  delivery was delayed (and some!) and the actual bulbs were not what was ordered.  I planted them anyway, and overall, the results have been pretty OK (even if some didn't do anything - but it was very late to be planting them!)

I hadn't realised that the DT offer was actually for T & M products:  I have never had good results with seeds etc so wouldn't have bothered if I had known.

On the plus side:  the white lilies were planted in the centre of a large pot.  Around the edge I planted Acidanthera corms.  As the lilies finished flowering, the Acidanthera came into flower (and are still flowering) and it has been a lovely display of white flowers - one which I will repeat.  (btw the corms were from Poundland.  Good value.  Guess how much I paid for about 50 corms???)

 

Tomato truss broken

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 22:24

I'll double check the name of the tomatoes tomorrow when I can get to the GH.  I'm convinced in my own mind (but don't take it that that's anything to go by - memory not what it used to be ) that it's Aikido, and, yes  I also thought of unarmed combat of the oriental variety!!  The plants are good and healthy, and perhaps I have to look over my shoulder from time to time to see that they aren't about to attack me.

 I recall that they were listed predominantly as indoor variety, but I popped a couple of spare plants outdoors in a very sheltered, warm spot, and they've done OKish, but nothing like as heavy a crop as in the GH.

I don't know how to describe a taste, Philippa - they're not as sweet as Gardeners' Delight (which I eat like sweeties) but they do have a good old-fashioned tomato taste, unlike the poor specimens the general public has to put up with in the shops!

Tomato truss broken

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 17:09

Good one, Fishy!  So glad the toms have ripened so well.

With regard to taste, I have to confess that I have never found Moneymaker particularly flavoursome.  On the plus side, they do crop well.  But now you're an established tomato grower, you may want to experiment with some other varieties next year! I've grown Aikido indoors this year (never heard of them before) and I'm impressed with the crop and, more importantly, the flavour, so will be keen to grow them again.

Too many chillis

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 14:23

Stacey - that chilli sauce is awesome!  Made some this morning (lost the will to live skinning the peppers, though so some were just processed very finely) but the taste is, according to OH (with due deference to The Great Escape) Wow!!!

Herbs Yellowing

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 22:38

Thanks Philippa.  I'll look into it.  The last time I tried variegated sage it was less hardy, surprisingly, and so I reverted back to the common-or-garden green variety.

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