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Posted: 25/11/2014 at 17:30

I would move it now if ground is not too wet. However, 1.5 metres is not too wide Jo.  Surely you can get a good rootball  without hacking it back.  Get as big a rootball as possible.  If you can move it now it will settle in well before the summer.  I tend to move shrubs now for this reason and it seems a successful ploy. 

Spraying my cherry tree

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 17:22

Makes sense to me Edd.  

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 17:21

Lily Pilly, can you completely remove cherry?  It's what I would recommend.  

Local gc has shrubs on offer to concenitrate on Xmas trees.  Want a white hydrangea so will venture there over weekend.


Posted: 25/11/2014 at 17:14

Pretty good day rain.  Getting bit chilly now.  

Got household insurance  renewal today.  Phoned them for discount.  Got £40 off.  Tried for a discount on my wholemeal loaf but disappointingly no......

beef casserole on the hungry.  Not eaten since lunchtime .  However, I'll be ok I think 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 17:09

Sounds like you're ok Frank. 

Mum was much better today.  She greeted me as though she hadn't seen me in ages....saw her last evening. Feel less worried about her now.  Shared some crocs with residents .......choc liqueurs.  My dog went too but no food for him there so disappointed.  He did make his way to the kitchens though.  Likes his food....that's my boy 

difficult times Lyn.  Go with the good times.....its a roller coaster of emotions isn't it? 

Fragrant tree

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 16:57

A mixture of Philadelphus...June scent.....choisya for spring and early summer, daphne and sarcoccoca for late winter.....get a witch hazel in there too and honeysuckles and jasmine for late summer.  

No, disguise that "lovely country" smell.  Just cos we are used to it or that it reminds us of former times some of the smells of the country are not nice.

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 12:41

Prob silver leaf?  I had a superb Victoria plum trained on a wall.  However, a truly bumper crop and a failure to properly support a heavily laden branch meant one side became infected when it split.  No amount of remedial work could save it.  The following year it quickly succumbed.  

Preparing for new lawn in Spring

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 12:37

I'm with Edd.....mostly...on this

firming with boots....hard work but walk on your heels. You will look silly doing the penguin walk...but who cares?   Rake, walk, rake, walk as many times as you can.  However then  with top soil I would do same, viz., rake and walk.  I use a lute,  home made, to help ensure even surface.  I rake and walk alternately at right angles to previously.  the final few rakings are highly satisfying for me....aiming for the perfect filth and surface.  Lovely.  Winter is the perfect time for lawn prep.  

Seed is best ...not just for cost but also for quality.  You can more easily choose the mixture to suit your needs.  And seed germinates very quickly in spring.  

I would also apply a granular fertiliser.....I always use organic but for lawns I think Gromore is fine;  organic like fish blood and bone seem to attract vermine, etc.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 09:00

My mum was poorly at the care home last evening.  My feeling is that she hasn't got much left And the realisation of that was/is startling.  The carers put her to bed and we sat with her for a while but she really wanted to sleep.  Will ring this morning.  

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 08:56

Don't chick those phormiums Fairy.  they are rejuvenated by regular division.  So many phormiums are left to grow huge and thus look awful.  Mine are divided every 2 or 3 years and this keeps their intense colour.

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