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Posted: 31/12/2014 at 00:07

right now flowers from gazanias and pelargoniums to mahonia and miscanthus are making a show 

keeping cosmos upright

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 19:08

As an experiment for a friend of mine....rabbits inhabit her Near 6 acre garden....I grew cosmos to start flowering in July.  Grew them large.....pinched out as already suggested......and planted out as very large but sturdy "shrubs".  The idea was to produce flowers on tall plants resistant.....out of rabbits.  They were very effective, even impressive, grown this way.  I grew them for her in groups of 5 and 7.

Conifer problem

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 19:02

I now use a gtech hedge trimmer for cuts them cleanly and well. 

well, I do them in autumn or spring....not both.  Spring means any brown leaf cuts are soon covered. autumn trimming means those cuts will be seen over the whole of the winter period.  However, I am being overly fastidious here.  Do not cut beyond green growth and try to copy the natural shape of your conifer. 

I have a very nice blue juniper....quite large....and last year I trimmed it in September as opposed to its normal spring cut. don't think its too crucial. 

Cutie pictures taken this am.

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 18:21

Aaaaaw!  Lovely pics folks. 

I think I'll post a selfie of me shaving in the morning 


Posted: 30/12/2014 at 18:16

Susan this one is an improved Zebrinus.  It has cleaner more obvious cream horizontal stripes so looks good even before flowering

gran, bought in as a plant.  Not sure this will seed so division necessary

Conifer problem

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 18:14

Unless they are yews you will not be able to dramatically reduce the size of your conifers. regular annual pruning now to try and maintain the existing size is best you can expect nightgarden. best pruned in early spring

do you know which conifers you Have?

Incorporating Pet Friendly Ideas

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 12:43

Catapults and strong jets of water from the hose.......

(joking ....don't really get too much damage from cats)

dogs have always been trained to keep to paths....they can walk on lawns......and to use an area "up the top".   Spike learned quickly where he could roam.......nothing strong, never aggression just gentle training from being a puppy.  He doesn't wee or poo where he shouldn't or damage or trample anything. There is never a need to shout, hit or intimidate a dog.  Kind words, praise and respect are enough.  


Posted: 30/12/2014 at 12:27

If people stop calling on you Chicky you will know it's the horses.......

used to put tons of seaweed on my garden in autumn and the smell was strong.  However, It's a sea smell, Im not far from the sea and I liked it 

keeping cosmos upright

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 12:23

Cheeky chicky 

keeping cosmos upright

Posted: 30/12/2014 at 12:16

Yep, pinching out regularly from very young until planting out will.produce sturdy strong plants.  I also repot several times before planting in the garden so that usually they are in 2 or 3 litre pots then.  Mine are hard pinched too

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