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Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 13:08

Julie, will do.

mine is far from a "decent sized one" since only planted late winter/early spring. But it is full of flower, dense and attractive at about 60 to 90 cm.   

give it space though...I recently moved it for that reason and to associate better with a purple leafed canna.   I expect next year, from a spring pruning to 20 - 30 cm from fhe base, to be at leasr 180 cm high and across

if putting it in a pot though, albeit temporarily, use a decent john innes compost 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 07:16

Post your picture Fairy.  

We want to see your glorious lawn so show it off 

bear in mind that Busy may have her lawn dried up but she has enjoyed hot sun whilst you have has rain.  Swings and roundabouts 


Posted: 08/08/2015 at 07:12

Hello forkers

you're sounding on top form Fairy 

beautiful, absolutely beautiful, morning

busy so Spike will gave his walk very soon...prob to the beach 

enjoy the day folks 

Phormium Mauri Queen

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 20:33

Hiya Neville.  Burncoose is not too far from me.  Well, 15 miles or so.  

Phormium Mauri Queen

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 19:35

No idea Neville.  I grow a few different varieties but not Maori Queen but never experienced this.

maybe a picture?

i will google this (for my own info too) though but I guess you have already done so.


Blackcurrent pruning

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 19:31

Be careful....many of the old stems have good young shoots on them so some of the oldest wood and older wood back to those younger shoots.  This keeps a good crop of fruiting wood.


dead heading

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 17:36

Yes.  Most everything can and benefit from it newbe 

Any Apple Experts?

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 16:49

Hmmmm!  Thought this was a question about growing apples.

apple products are expensive.  we all know that 

i have HP desktop running wimdows 8 and ipad.  Both useful in their own way.  My desktop is oldish now so whether to go for Microsoft or Apple is something I need to consider soon.  A lot will depend on how good windows 10 is.....a free upgrade due soon. 

A decent laptop will be about half the cost of Apple mac........!!!

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 10:03

Thanks Susan 

i plan to plant out a bugger spread of red baron and villosum in autumn.  Easy low maintenance.  Will add hyacinths,,tulips and allium purple sensation though for spring interest.

Sorry Busy about your lawn.   I pay enough for water so I keep mine watered once a week. however, with your huge wonderful garden I am sure you can enjoy it 

Blackcurrent pruning

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 09:58

I prune when picking for me Bluebaron.  

I aim to remove old stems....right to the ground.  I also take out fhe fruited can cut such a stem and take to a bench to sit and pick the fruit.

you want to keep your bushes producing new stems.....old wood will produce little or no fruit.

after pruning...mine done....I tickle in fish blood and bone and water well.

no, keep your smaller stems intact...these are exactly what you want 

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