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Discovered raspberries (or perhaps loganberries), what to do?

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 09:14

Hi all, some may remember from my posts over the past couple of weeks that we've just bought a house with a very well planned/planted but recently neglected garden. I'm discovering more and more to make me . Up the top of the garden we have a biiiig plum tree, a much smaller plum tree (well I presume it's plum, fruits look the same as the big one), and 2 apple trees. Around the edge of that section are various hedging plants (overgrown), and quite a few brambles. A few weeks ago thecatsfather  and I started to attack the hedging and brambles. I left a few branches of bramble cos these few in particular had lots of dead flowers/baby blackberries (or so I thought) so I decided to wait and harvest these before cutting it back in the winter.

Yesterday I was showing a friend around the garden (she helped me identify a few more plants ) and I discovered that the berries on the "brambles" I'd left were in fact turning red, and are in fact either raspberries or loganberries. I pulled at one of the stalks and it seems to have grown into the ground at its tip. The others I lifted more into the sun (nothing was supported, they were all just flumphing along the ground or just above). I know the berries may not be great this year if no pruning's been done for a while, but what's the best plan of attack for rescuing this plant for next year? I read a bit online and see there are 2 main types. Some of the berries are turning red but most are still hard green, so not entirely sure if it's a late cropping summer one (late owing to shade ) or an autumn one. When should I prune? How should I prune? Should I support the stems?

Thanks for any advice


what are these trees pleeze?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 19:00

Hmm, not sure thecatsfather will be willing to prune  (he'd have to saw the main trunk which is about 6 or 7 inches diameter - don't think my arms are up to sawing something that thick), plus the many tip trips it would take.... May get a tree surgeon round to take a look. If he can saw it off and winch it away over the hedge that might be easier . We have a huge tree (ash) on our boundary which probably needs some lopping too, so not just that to look at. Thanks for the advice

a downside of this weather

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 11:35

 when my mum and I went for a manicure on the morning of my wedding, the manicurist commented on the toughness of and ingrained dirt on my mum's hands (I inherited my love of gardening from her). Mum said she didn't like gardening in gloves, so the dirt was so ingrained that she had to wash her hands in bleach to get them looking vaguely reasonable. The manicurist's face was a picture

a downside of this weather

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 21:12

Hubby and I have just bought a house with a very well planned and planted but recently untended garden. I've spent the last 2 days concentrating on "quick wins" -  clearing the terraced area just in front of the kitchen window and arranging the containers I bought with me on the terraces, and clearing a very weedy flower bed about 8x4ft which is right next to the patio. In the cleared flower bed, and the border running along the top of the terraced area, and some containers, I've planted (using trowel and hand fork only) approx 50 plants in the last 2 days. I now have very very brown shoulders and arms, but white hands (wore gloves), and also a blister on the palm of my hand from the trowel .  I can actually feel a callous starting to form on my hand's palm - am I a fully fledged gardener when this has occurred? Any tips for avoiding blisters?

what are these trees pleeze?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 20:12

p.s. RHS page info says don't prune

what are these trees pleeze?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 20:06

Hmm, starting to look like an ilex...  This is a closer view of the leaves on the outside

 This is a closeup of some of the leaves closer to the trunk (gone feral - not so variegated and with spiky edges )

 And upon close inspection, it has berries

 So is ilex the consensus?

I can't really prune it as there are only leaves on the outside, surrounding a network of bare branches, with the occasional feral spiky branch of course. It is huge - if I was to keep it I'd want it at most about 4ft high, not sure taking that amount off would be possible - I'd pretty much be left with only trunk..... Must have taken a few years to get to this size and as I said it was not intended to, based on the paths and surrounding plants.  So, should it stay or should it go?

what are these trees pleeze?

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 23:33

Hmm, that's a very good thought ,.....I will ponder and take note of the wind etc. But he did put a lovely slate path going around it which it has totally covered up, so he obviously didn't intend it to be quite so huge. There is an elder between the unnecessary blob and our bedroom window so we'd still have some protection, and it's north of the house and the prevailing is SouthWesterly so not the primary wind direction. But definitely another thing to take into consideration when removing things, so a big thank you for that

what are these trees pleeze?

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 22:31

Thanks - that looks like it . The estate agent guy who showed us round said it was "something Japanese like mimosa or something" so the Japanese thing must have been a bit of a red herring (though it does fit the architectural/structural mood). But also on reading up a bit more about it, looks like another example of good planning by the previous-but-one owner (an architect who redesigned the garden when he added to the house) - online stuff says it's a very thirsty plant (causing problems in the US) and our garden is at the bottom of a sloping field/farmland so anything which takes up lots of groundwater is definitely a good idea. He also installed a network of drainage pipes under the garden connected to a sump and a sump pump connected to the surface water drain. Clever man

what are these trees pleeze?

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 21:15

The first of what will be several "what are these" posts from me, having just bought a house with a mature garden which seems to have been originally planned and planted with great care and knowledge, but hasn't been tended to beyond basic pruning for a few years. The plot is square with the house in one corner, so the "front" garden sort of joins onto the "back" garden via a bridge over a pond which curves around the corner of the house. The "front" garden seems to have a Japanese theme, with a lovely acer, a pond with a curving bridge and lots of local pebbles around it, and a bamboo, fatsia, hosta etc. So, any ideas of what is the big bare tree in the back of this picture please?


p.s. the big tree/shrub in the foreground is going to go. I think it's a euonymous gone mad - it's higher than eyelevel from our bedroom window (i.e. approx 15ft high) and sprouting at the top and has obviously ended up significantly bigger than was intended as it's completely blocking a path which is meant to go around it! If there are any suggestions other than euonymous let me know. But I reckon we'll be calling the tree surgeon to deal with it (it's about 6ft diameter so not really take-to-the-tip stuff )

Thanks guys


waterlily depth

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 20:33

 Here's the not-in-the-water lily You can see how far the pot is showing. It's covered in bits of weed cos I had my hands in there checking out what it was sat on (a slab with what feels like bricks underneath, so definitely intended to be at that height)

 This is a wider view of the pond (one end of it, it goes around the corner to the right at the top of the pic). The level does look low - do you reckon I should top it up (no fish but have seen frogs and baby newts so guessing waterbutt water would be better than from the tap?)

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