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couple of plants for ID please!

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 12:21

Thanks . We moved here at the start of last June and the clematis has never had any flowers on it in a complete year . But it was monstrously overgrown/overhanging and thecatsfather hacked it back to regain some of the garden, so perhaps that is what has prompted the possible buds on the new growth? Would be nice if it does flower, and if hacking back rejuvenates it, as we need to do the second half this year!

The choisya also has never flowered (though it has been in shade of brambles etc which are now gone). Pruning advice says to do it after flowering in May, so as it shows no sign of immiment flowers, shall I just go for it now? It's very leggy with long woody stems with a few leaves on the ends (reaching for the light, presumably)


couple of plants for ID please!

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 09:51

plant one, tall shrub/hedging, currently just in flower/going over


plant 2 - this is fresh growth as it was hacked back last autumn.Currently approx 6ft tall, was bigger (neglected)


plant 3 - possibly a pieris? Ideas on variety?



plant 4 (2 pics). Huuuge sprawling thing. Stems seem to entwine and twist and wrap to climb. May be about to flower, looking at new growth ends?


ANy suggestions gratefully received!



Watching 'Love your garden'

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 18:17

Alan T doesn't so much "love" the gardens as have a one night stand with them . May give a brief thrill, but an ongoing relationship is much more rewarding 

Poetry corner (such an original title)

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 18:07

One of my most clear childhood memories is of a picture on the wall at home, which had upon it the verse:

The things I sow, somehow don't grow

I'm sorely disenchanted.

But, oh, what luck I have with things

I never even planted


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 08:27

There was I getting all depressed cos the neighbour's plum tree was ripening nicely with fruits turning purple, and mine were still all green.


What's worse, fruits on a couple of branches of my big tree had the dreaded brown rot, so the secateurs had been out too.


But yesterday when I was inspecting my fruits I noticed that some of them were turning yellow, and one felt nice and yielding, so I picked it and bit it and it tasted lovely and sweet, yum


Any suggestions for what variety it might be? (Presuming as it tasted sweet it's an eating variety?) It's from my big tree:



Posted: 10/08/2013 at 21:08

also the search option brings up forum questions - the ultimate index


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 21:06


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 17:06

Many things which would have been plumping up when we had the long dry spell seem to have suffered this year, unless they were watered as fidgetbones did. This year's fruits on my recently-discovered-and-rescued-from-brambles tayberry were small and hard. So I have just cut the fruiting canes right back to the ground and spread out the new ones. Hopefully next year they will do better.


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 14:51

It's been known about and widely used for a few years now in horsey circles as a midge/fly repellent for horses too


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 22:02

Come on come on let's paws for a moment here. I suppose you're all purr-fectly entitled to your opinion, but some of these puns are not really very a-mew-sing

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