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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:39

daqhlia Honka...prob my fav dahlia.  not at its most impressive just yet but I love its simple charm


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:37

this is agastache black adder...5' tall and as much across.  flower


ing for weeks and will do until autumn

training fruit trees

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 12:34

Well Bekkie, when fence is done dont skimp on supports.  Galvanised wires and eyes mean a permanent job 

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 12:29

This should be the fishy and frank show ...   

A different world now.....we should all feel so lucky when we read how life was.............


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:58

Yes Bekkie.  It's what I do.  

An ENVY thread....

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:56

Envy can be a good can inspire us to achieve something.  Jealousy,however, is the big bad boy.  No cure for jealousy.  

I'm so envious of the guy I see in the mirror in the mornings......that handsome fellow. 

training fruit trees

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:50

Catnip, just re read your post.

Can you select 2 branches similarl height and tie horizontal wires?  You need to have a shoot above those 2 for the leading stem.  Or can you keep 3 branches to provide a vertical and horizontal branches and cut out the rest.? 

training fruit trees

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:47

Good to have a picture catnip.

I have trained pears, apples and gooseberries.  Currently cordon and espalier from maiden trees.

You need to have 3 buds/ to grow as the leader and 2 to provide width for an espalier.  You let them grow semi vertically and gradually pull down to horizontal wires.  The following Year is for another tier of horizontal branches and continuing the leader.  You can add tiers every year but 3 to 5 is about right.  

Cordons are easy too.  Plant at 45  degrees 60 to 90 cm apart on a wall or fence.  

Pruning......apples must spur bearing varieties. (need 3 different vsrieties to pollinate) simply to cut back to,short spurs at this time of year. 

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:38

Fascinating stuff here 


Posted: 06/08/2014 at 08:34

Dove, I used to alternate "chillin" days with busy off somewhere days.  The chillin days were often the very best. Off the cuff,,unplanned ......

In for a good day by the looks oI it ...nice and sunny and still.

Hmm! Agapanthus gone or going over!  Outside the kitchen window it's all a mixture now of purples, oranges, yellows, and reds. Just the way this time of year is for week or so.  Whites emerging.  Grasses  and dark foliage though so I think it's ok 

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