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Pruning help yew

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 18:40

Wow! It's huge! It looks very healthy!  Love the difference in colour from the top new growth to the dark lower growth.

Good luck with that whopper!

keep us posted on how you get on. Would love to see how you get on with it. 

Any ideas for an entry.....

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 18:16

hello! I've decided to enter 14 categories in the local village show! Eeeeeek! One of them is a floral display based on any song title of choice. Anyone got any bright ideas?!  

Also, I need a killer Victoria Sponge! Any tips very much appreciated!

Am going to start practising jam making next week; going for strawberry and blackberry categories! Need to read up on what makes a good competition style jam. 

The prizes are 50p first place, 40p second place, and 25p for third! It's all to play for! Also, I was robbed last year! Mr Carter's coleus was most definately inferior to mine yet he got first prize! I didn't even get a silver or bronze!!  Need to redeem myself this year!


Talkback: Growing Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 17:51

Isn't it strange how some plants do so well for some and are so difficult for others. I have no luck at all with these. None of the seeds germinated. The instructions say they take their time and need hot and cold to germinate. Anyone got any tips? Can I sow them now for next year do you think?

such lovely plants. I'd really like to grow them for my border.


Pruning help yew

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 17:36

Hope you manage to tame them oldkenlady. I've been looking for a couple of yews to train into balls and they don't come cheap. Alan Titchmarsh has a row if them in his garden in lovely big pots.


Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 17:31

... nope ive not used the gel crystals. Let us know if they're any good if you have a go at them.

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 17:29

Hello Fidget

Glad you eringium has performed. Are you going to use them as dried flowers or Christmas decs? Similar are the Echinops that I had a go at. Not sure that I like the foliage as looks rather like a weed, but I am intrigued by these flower heads that I'm waiting to spring out into a gorgeous blue.

 I'm loving my Anthirinum Majus at the moment. Lovely lemon ones and pink ones. Really strong stems aNd no supports needed.

 The Didiscus has flowered its heart out. Love it and Definately one I will grow again.

The dahlias are nice, but I'm not so keen on all of the earwigs that crawl out of them so I haven't been cutting them very much. Lovely blood red though and very blousy. The pink ones are nice too. I think I'm going to enter them in the local show if they are still flowering in September.


To be honest, I've really struggled to use the flowers as cut flowers because they just look so lovely in the bed and last so much longer! I can't bring myself to chop them! would definately to another cut flower patch though as it's nice to have the option to cut the, if needed.

Here is the patch today;



Votes please, and a quick questions...

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 22:44

I understand Fishy. But do not worry about the Pines. I have fed them and tucked them up in a quiet corner in anticipation of finding them a good home!

Votes please, and a quick questions...

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 21:42

Thanks all! I've just gone out to have another look as am chuffed to bits with them! Hoping for lots of berries. 

Pruning (of sorts)

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 18:48

I'd probably check that any cuts are back to some buds as well. 

Magnolias usually respond well to a prune....but if its more of a hack they may take a while to recover!



Votes please, and a quick questions...

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 17:07

thanks for the votes lovely forum members!

...And the winner is......drum role please.........


 Sorry Fishy!

now, what to do with a couple of pine trees...?!

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