thecatsmother


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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

clematis recommendation please

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 22:33

That's lovely! Any more recommendations from anyone else?

 

clematis recommendation please

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 21:53

Hi, I recently cut back an overgrown/twiggy honeysuckle and put a trellis in to cover the gappy fence. I cut the honeysuckle down to the ground and hoped it would grow nice and fresh from the bottom. It did, and looked lovely for a few weeks, before suddenly going all twiggy again, with the only green bits being over the top of the trellis, hanging out of the garden and unseen. So I've cut it back again and am goping to replace it with a clematis.

I'd like recommendations for a suitable one please! It's a west-facing spot, pretty sheltered. The trellis is about 4ft high by 6ft wide, so I'd like a small/slow growing clematis which can be trained in to the trellis and will deliver lots of bang for its buck in terms of flowers over what is quite a small area.

Over to you!

Kids,dogs and gardens

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 23:19

You may notice rather a lot of  seemingly randomly-placed plant supports in this bed (below). They were placed there after I ended up replanting the same geranium and hebe 3 times, after the new puppy decided he would like to "help" in the garden  Now every planting out is defended with sharp objects, and I keep a close eye on him (he can be very stealthy when he wants to be though!).


He also sneaks up and grabs the empty plant pots when I plant things out, and gallivants around the garden with them on his nose
And he's fallen in the pond 3 times to date, so the poor frogs aren't too keen on him either!


 

 

another few ID's please!

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 21:37

That was quick! Thanks

another few ID's please!

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 21:24

Not from my garden this time, but from a NT property I visited today. So perhaps a bit more exotic?

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Any help appreciated

 

 

 

Looking for an unusual sized shed - 3ft x 4ft

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:12

When we were looking for an unusual-sized shed we got a quote from this place http://www.shedsdirectdevon.co.uk/ they were really helpful and their prices were reasonable (and we went in person as they are local, so saw some of the sheds built and they looked very good quality)

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