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Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:45

Not really a "race" dove    I pinch out anyway so flowering is delayed but any day now.

(don't like "competing" in  the garden.....spoils the relaxed enjoyment ) 

Fruit trees, to prune or not to prune

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:40

Not done this.   Always mean to.  You can have real fun with fruit tree shapes.  Making circles, arches, and all manner of shapes.  Bearing in mind the lower down a branch,,the more horizontal, the more fruit you will get.....

Soft fruit too.....double, triple gooseberry cordons.  Had huge fruit doing this from rooted cuttings on a couple of wires.  And easy to net against birds.  Replaced with GH but I will do this again

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:35

Jess, yes will post pics of agastaches.  many are in flower now but will be far better in couple of weeks.......range from yellow/purple, to blue, to pink, to red, to orange, to purple and all have aromatic foliage. (liquorice, lemon, orange.....all different)

Last year rhey were fantastic so hope they will be again 

Can anyone recommend a grass for a novice?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:29

Oh, just reread your post Victoria.  Nothing more blue than elymus magellanicus.  Eucalyptus blue, eye catching and unlike any other grass for colour.  Think it would look nice next to Rogersia but not a tall plant.  Best in front.

Can anyone recommend a grass for a novice?

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:26

Behind a it's heavy soil there then? If so. It determines what grasses would do well there and those that won't.

Miscanrhus MornIng Light is a delight.  Narrow, subtle green and white leaves with nice late summer flowers.  Dainty looking but tough. Nice fountain shape.

Calamagrostis is a favourite of mine......flowerimg now and all summer long.  Narrowish erect, upright wind resisting foliage and delightful purple/grey imflorescences.  Check out a variety called overdam......variegated foliage (would post a picture but don't want to overpost)

Miscanthus Gold Bar is a newer vsriegated variety thaf I like very much.  A more compact, sturdier and brighter version of Zebrinus.

For early summer flowers on tall plants go for Calamagrostis.  For late and autumn flowers go for miscanthus

Yes, deschampsias are excellent.....clouds of billowing flowers all summer long but shorter plants.........about 3'

For a nice winter effect check out Arrhenantherum Bulbosum......have to check spelling on that ....  This is a wonderful bright, white grass that shines in winter and spring.  Looking good right now for me in the summer so is evergreen.  For me it dies down a little in hot late summer but what a winter treat.  Get uncinia rubrum, plum pudding heucheras for winter scene or geranium Black Beauty (fantastic black purple compacf foliage and brightest dark (true) blue flowers for summer

finding it hard to level out soil for grass seed.

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 08:03

Getting a lawn level for me is rake, heel walk, rake, heel walk, rake,,heel walk, rake.  Boring but effective.  You cannot overdo the raking prior to seed sowing. Raking at different angles too.     Finally a home made "lute".....a plank fastened to old broom handle and triangular supports on the head helps with levels.  

"level" for me is not about using a spirit level.  It's ensuring a smooth, even surface.

Raking is an art I think....probably more of a (minor) skill.  It's not about moving large amounts of soil with long powerful "pulls". Back and forth, keeping rake level and light ESP at later stages when it's all about acquiring a fine tilth 


Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:50

Morning Dove.  Who's winning the race re star child?  



Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:42

Morning folks.  Nice heavy downpour.....  Sunny day to come though   And it's warm.  

Busy day.....take my mum to day care centre then  Helping my niece to move flat.  Prob some tasty nibbles in it for me 



Computer replacement

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 07:38

Philippa, how did you know I buried a body?  If I did...and I didn' couldn't have seen me. And anyway I didnt.  Not really. (have a really rich and productive cormer of my garden ...rhubarb grows so well there.  Nice deep soil.  Fancy some rhubarb anyone? )

seriouse ivy problem!

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 08:52


I would be very wary of applying too much weedkiller there as it stands now.  .

I have removed large ivy but not as big as yours apparently.  

I would try to reduce as much as possible.  Get a decent sharp saw and work back as far as ??ou can.  Ivy wood is not too difficult.  Get it down to as far as you can then on the cut surfaces gouge out grooves or hollows and paint with SBK brushwood killer.  Hopefully by summer's end ??ou will have killed it.  If not cut afresh and repeat.  By next spring you should be able to break away much or all of the remaining ivy. In my experience ivy roots are not too deep rooted

Good luck

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