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Latest posts by Verdun

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 18:56

just a couple of frosts.  Usually pretty mild here anyway.  The problematic time is if there's a sharp frost in spring.  Usually ok for that too but cold weather when things are moving well is not good.  

woody growth

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 18:42


cut back skimmias to new shoots.  You can regenerate these shrubs very well but try to maintain a nice rounded shape too.

pinks?  They are short lived least if you want generous good quality flowers.  Take cuttings ...even now....and they will make nice plants for the summer.  You can meanwhile remove the most woody stems to the base now 


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 18:38

Because I had masses of work to do I cannot over emphasize the need to be very wary of overplanting shrubs/trees.  They soon grow quickly but gangly.  

I had to remove really large trees and conifers a few years back for a friend who simply had no idea of plantIng and allowing for space. Despite this and despite repeated warnings she still talks about squeezing plants in much to my annoyance and frustration.

shrubs were allowed to climb to the sky......mahonias for example didnt flower well and  looked gaunt.  They now are dense full flowering shrubs after hard cutting back.  

Plently of space for each plant to look at it's best.  

Mulberry trees

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 18:24

Yes mulberries need a lot is space and to be  well staked.  Not really a garden plant I think.  I'm plantIng one soon but it will go in a large garden.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 16:04

No prune this summer though.  

Is this tree on the way out?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 16:01

Time is too short and precious ......yank out that awful dying plant and enjoy something really nice there instead.  Why look at it suffering all summer?  Do you want to be gawped at when you're looking poorly?


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 15:55

Stopped raining and had good walk with the dog.  Quite bright out there now. And the wind has dropped. Hey ho! Spring is coming 

Bad news

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:46

Exactly Hostafan.  Last year I was paranoid about every spot/blemish I saw or imagined.  My Gold Standard gives me most concern as it is, apparently, highly vulnerable.  Will isolate it, not divide it or cut it or plant in the soil. (Currently in a pot)


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:40

.......or simply tie back for now and prune everything after flowering.  


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 10:38

Granma,  always better in the ground if you can.

have you intensively grown carrots on same plot for past few years?  Do you use fleece?  Do you maintain a regular ...doesn't have to be a high amount.....and even water supply?  Do you feed? blood and bone for me. 

I would add compost.....mpc not soil and mix top 6" (15 cm) to create a nice, friable and reasonably deep texture.  

Carrots like fine, stone free, lump free soil with good nutrient level that doesn't dry out too much.  They hate dry then wet then dry conditions as they will crack.

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