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Enough is enough

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 12:08

...and cornish cream, best pasties, best weather and best most modest people 

Begonia and dahlia bounty

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 12:05

They will be fine Espee.  A lot of scary unnecessary hype about dahlias, begonia.  Just dry as possible and frost free...simples 

we have more warm weather yet to dry out your plants 


Posted: 01/10/2016 at 12:01

Mine have been superb this year...slightly later and taller.  Despite their height they stand up well in wind and rain thanks to earlier and regular pinching out 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 11:55

"Always raining in Cornwall"  said one yesterday.  Yeah!  Picture this morning.  Freezing and soaking here ???? 

First year espalier - only one lateral

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 11:28

Disagree there.  Concentrate on the first level Peter.   

can you raise the left lateral to 45 degrees and lower the vertical to just less than 45 if possible and train a new vertical from as near as possible to the centre?  It should work Peter.

the aim is to create one tier at a time from the BOTTOM up.  

You can have fun with training branches...remember the golden rule:  vertical branches for growth and horizontal for fruit.  By lowering the vertical ....eventually by summer's horizontal you will encourage a vertical shoot (along with others that essentially want to produce fruiting spurs)  so choose this or the strongest most central one for your leader.  

Thereafter, 3 shoots....2 laterals and one vertical for every year and every tier.

have fun!  Don't be afraid.  Bet your tree will look more like it by next August 

Last edited: 01 October 2016 11:32:20

Begonia and dahlia bounty

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 08:00

Let them dry off first Espee.   When the begonias are really dry and clean I would put them in paper bags and keep frost free.  Similarly with dahlias but put them in cardboard boxes wrapped also in newspaper

lucky you .  Think of all that (free) colour next year 

Plant I. D.

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 23:46

Yes abelia but my own favourite abelia is Confettii.....dwarf and right now grey/pink foliage smothered with white flowers 

Plants to create privacy

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 23:41

How about a holly?  Golden King and Handsworth New Silver are 2 I grow.....yellow variegated and silver respectively.

 Agree with Tetley's idea with grasses too...miscanthus variegatus will light up a dark area and has a fountain effect.  Check out Cabaret too....this is a beauty with wider leaves rapidly becoming a favourite with me.   Prob the most attractive foliage of the miscanthus family

Autumn lawn care

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 23:33

Yes agree with Dave but nematodes as soon as possible Copperdog 

Yvie, again, I think it is a little late but you can try it. it is still very warm;  the soil is warm and moist so nematodes should be able to do their work.  Weather is cooling though so, as with leatherjackets, asap.  The nematodes supposedly are effective for 6 weeks though and I doubt the soil will still be warm enough in November in many places   Personally I would wait until spring now 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 23:23

Sorry to hear your news Lantana.  

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