Susan Giles

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Posted: 05/02/2014 at 20:09

I agree with you Verdun. Close to where I live someone has tightly clipped a forsythia into a column, which is absolutely glorious when it is in full flower - a column of gorgeous yellowness. Really uplifting on those dull spring days. I must admit when I moved into my new house a couple of years ago I was tempted to dig out my forsythia, but having seen the effect tight clipping can have, I am converted!

Buddleia Buzz cuttings

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 20:06

That's really great advice Ladygardener2. I think I might do the same once it's really got going this year.

Buddleia Buzz cuttings

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 09:13

Wow Lass, I hadn't expected it to grow that big either...I will have to bear that in mind when I put it in the ground! Mine's a magenta too - very pretty! 

Buddleia Buzz cuttings

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 09:24

Sorry, Verdun, I should have said, I did pot it up last year when it arrived and so far it seems to be doing pretty well. I haven't decided yet whether to pop it in the ground in the veggie plot or to keep it in its pot near the veggie plot. Either way, I am looking forward to watching it grow and flower.

I also found a buddleja seedling growing in a crack in the back garden which I have lifted and repotted. It is merrily romping away, so I'm looking forward to seeing what surprise the birds have given me this year!! 

Gardener come.....

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 08:47

Based on the amount of rain your area of the world is currently getting, I'm pretty grateful Essex is not similarly chosen by the Gods Verdun!! 

Gardener come.....

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 18:49

I am a proofreader and there's nothing better than sitting facing the back garden, so that whenever your eyes need a break you can look out at the garden and the birds buzzing backwards and forwards across the garden...lovely!

Buddleia Buzz cuttings

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 18:43

I bought a tiny Buddleja Buzz plug last year and it was amazing just how quickly it took off. I wasn't expecting to have to prune it, but I did give it a light trim, and because it's such a little thing, I thought I'd overwinter it in the greenhouse where it seems to be doing just fine. I'm really looking forward to seeing it grow this year and be a little bee magnet for this veggie plot!

Talkback: How to grow autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 13:30

That's really great advice Bob, thanks. Good point about natural predators too - I'm trying to encourage more birds and insects into the garden to predate on the little blighters, so hopefully, this year will be more successful. 

Talkback: How to grow autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 18:14

Has anyone else been plagued with vine weevils on their raspberries? I grew Autumn Bliss last year and the little devils demolished the two plants I had in containers, even though I used nematodes on them. This year I'm planning to plant autumn raspberries in the ground, but would welcome your opinions on the best varieties for combatting pests (if any!). 

thyme pruning

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 17:26

Good luck Jess. I have been out mulching today as the weather in Essex has been so mild. Another thing I can't quite get my head around in GW is this: do you cut back all your herbaceous perennials and remove all the foliage to prevent crown rot or leave them until the spring which is supposed to be more beneficial to wildlife? I like the idea of helping wildlife out, but I also like to mulch and surely that will also give insects a place to overwinter, so do you think it's ok then to cut back the perennials. In terms of their performance the following year it doesn't seem to make much odds, but I'd be interested to know what you all think and why. Thanks.

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