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My plant of the moment

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 21:08

I did certainly isnt Toffee Nosed.  It's a yellow and poss bees lemon.

i've been incorporating a generous proportion of compost/ manure when planting all my kniphofias...I have quite a few I feel they will do better for it. 

Gooseberry Bush Seems To Be Dying

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 21:00

Sawfly I think.

gooseberries can be grown close to a wall without ill effect.  I have grown gooseberry cordons ...clearly close to the wall...and had excellent crops.

 This reminds me to take cuttings to grow thjs way's a fun way to grow fruit. single cordons, double cordons and even espalier type

My plant of the moment

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 20:54

Thanks Jo. That's good.

  Until this year kniphofias have been shunned by me but they're growing on me a little now.  

You can move it any time I think.  I recently dug up one of mine because there were clearly 2 different plants there,,for some reason,  I pulled them apart and immediately replanted one and potted the other....both parts in flower.  Both seem to be fine.  I don't think I would do this in colder times of the year though

Yew Trees

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 16:59

Why thank you Nut 


Posted: 09/08/2015 at 16:58

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oh yes! It rhymes.  You are so clever Fairy.  

Think I'll write another song now

ying tong ying tong ying tong iddle I po........a lovely classy ballad is entering my head now.............

My Bristol Garden in 2015

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 16:41

Which butterfly plants are you putting in Marion?  

No expert on them but there seems to be more butterflies around this year....?


Posted: 09/08/2015 at 16:38

Zippity doo dah zippity (forgot the word ) my oh my what a wonderful day.  Plenty of sunshine going my way, wonderful feeling womderful day.  Just made all that up.   Think I'll turn it into a song.  



Posted: 09/08/2015 at 16:33

Newbe, a pair of scissors is best. cut the flower stem right back to leaves or buds.  Plants look neater and will perform better with such a clean cut 

for the record, I sheared mine back some 3 weeks ago....they flower early here and have been for many weeks so in mid summer I shear them.  This re energises them to produce masses of flowers again.  They are now flowering again and will do for many more weeks now

Yew Trees

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 16:28

The Anderson's, yew CAN grow a foot a year. however,,it depends on so many factors how quickly growth is.

the clue for me is when you added you can see the roots so they prob arent planted deep enough.  

Yew is pretty tolerates most everything except waterlogging and ......being moved.  After 6 years, no, I wouldnt replant them.

can you mulch them?  And in spring I would feed them with a good,organic granular fertiliser

think I am in the minority here but I would prune back your plants to same height.  They will still grow but with more density

Perennial Aster and Verbena Bonariensis Cuttings

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 13:52

Greenhouse is fine Lancs Lass 

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