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Talkback: Making plum vodka

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 20:13

I currently have 1.5 litres of plum vodka, 1.5 litres of blackberry vodka, and 1.5 litres of plum and blackberry vodka on the go. They all also have a couple of vanilla pods in, and some plum seeds.  Last year's sloe gin in also in the cupboard maturing nicely.

My friends and family are going to have a very Merry Christmas

another ID please!

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 21:36

seen in a friend's garden - I really like it, and want one (so need to know when to take cuttings etc ). They have two - one's abougt 3ft high, and the other is rather overgrown/leggy at about 7ft high.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/58239.jpg?width=204&height=350&mode=max

 

major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 14:59
Well as it was sunny and warm I went for it and bought/used some wound heal too (which was suggested on a couple of sites). Salvaged about 5kilos of plums from the cut branches!
I think it's a Victoria Plum. I'll just have to thin the fruit even more next year (if it survives) as props are out of the question owing to rambunctious dogs!

major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 22:56

But as I say the wood is already exposed where the branches are torn so I'm damned either way?

major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 16:32
RHS site says silverleaf infectious spores are only active between Sept and May so we might be Ok Beaus Mum!

major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 16:28
I think I'll have to have a go; there's some exposed wood anyway on the torn branches so spores could get in anyway. How close does a diseased tree have to be for spores to travel and infect a good tree?

major pruning of plum tree - advice needed

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 22:52

HI all

My plum tree has fruited heavily this year, and (even though I thinned the fruit following advice on here) in the last spell of wet and windy weather a couple of the major branches (and several more minor ones) bent right over and nearly snapped, so they're now hanging vertically down. I left them on to see if the fruit would ripen, and it has. But now as we enter the second half of August I am thinking I really need to sort the tree out, sacrificing any remaining fruit if necessary.

So I'm after major pruning/cutting back advice. A couple of the branches which need cutting off are approx 1-1.5 inches thick. And several smaller ones, of 1/2 to 1 inch.

I know about the desireability of pruning in summer to avoid silver leaf. Should I wait until we have a couple of dry days forecast before removing the branches, to give them a chance to heal before it rains? (Will that make any difference?) Or is there something I can put on the raw cut ends to protect them?

dicentra silly mistake

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 13:24
Well I think that's a consensus The dicentra will move! And I can get another plant for the pot

dicentra silly mistake

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 22:47

Hi I made the silly mistake of putting a dicentra in a pot (in my defence, it was for a shady spot, so from that perspective it was a reasonable choice ). But of course it's now died back and the pot looks empty.

I was wondering if it would be a good idea to overplant something in the pot, e.g. cyclamen or something else which will be gone again by the time the dicentra re-emerges? Or would people suggest moving the dicentra into the border and putting something more sensible (i.e. evergreen) in the pot?

clematis recommendation please

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 23:32

Fab thanks

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mother and daughter team hit the forum! 
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