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Carpenteria californica shaping

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 23:51

Yep, thanks Mike

Also just realised it likes moisture.  Always assumed it to be a Mediterranean type ...I.e. drought resistant .....plant but apparently not.  So, hard back pruning, a good feed and plenty of watering today.  

Yes, lizzie.  The flowers are truly beautiful and, until this year, were a summer treat.

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 23:45

Again, I emjoyed the Chelsea  coverage.  thought Monty was very good, again.  Hope to see some of the new plants featured.  Usually end up with some of them....foxglove illumination pink (disappointingly not perennial) and anemome wild swan (a delight) and echinacea tiki torch (brilliant colour)

JUST FOR MIKE

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 23:39

Keep strong Mike 

Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 23:31

Brilliant pics folks.  Wonderful plants.  Must go myself sometime 

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:47

Spiking CJ?  Important.  Top dressing?

I have a good lawn.....looking brilliant right now I think.

Years back I wanted the perfect lawn.  Fine grass seed, twice or even more cutting a week, hands and knees weedIng out rogue grasses, regular monthly feeds, scarifying in the autumn, lawn grub killer in the autumn, spiking in the autumn, autumn feed, top dressing in early spring and,of course, regular weekly,or twice weekly watering.  A cylinder mower and grass mown in alternate directions.  Actually mown in 4 directions includIng diagonally.  A low cut too to encourage the fine grasses

However, it was bloomin hard work. 

I now raise the cut, use a cordless rotary mower, feed in spring with lidls lawn feed, apply lawn weed spot killer. ....dont get many weeds.....water weekly and mow in different directions.  I also apply a couple of liquid summer feeds.  This autumn I will apply nemarodes for leather jackets and chafers.  

The lawn is now easy.  I have a lawn at the back too that is treated similarly but not so fastidiously.  They are lawns to play on, to sit on, for the dog to lie on (he doesnt foul it at all) and a lawn to set off my plantIng.

I would never apply lawn feed in the sunshine....in the evening if I can......and never rely on rain to fall.  I immediately water it in.  I would not use feed n weed on dry soil either.  

Not sure about the PH levels for grass.  Always assumed not too acid or too alkaline ...mine is neutral.......would be fine. 

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Is this a kind of Euphorbia ?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:30

Agree with everybody.  It should not be in a school garden.  

The danger is not getting it on your hands.....it doesnt affect me either.....but if it then gets into your EYES.  Far from pleasant.

......the good guys

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:26

Oh, you are a tease Fairy. I would have thought you so gullible.......er, I mean so very, very kind if you had sent me your, er my, order 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 19:24

Following a wet morning the afternoon and evening is wonderful.  Warm sunshine now.  

Wonder how the Chelsea and Bressingham visits went..    They will now be so boastful 

No response to my Carpenteria thread so I'm going to espalier my cut back shrub.  

......the good guys

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 17:51

Sorry Fairy, that was a mistake.  You need to send me your received order from Jacksons.  Your own order will arrive in due course. 

Carpenteria californica shaping

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 14:03

I have grown Carpenteria Californica for several  years now.  To be honest, it has been sadly meglected in that I have pruned only the tops and even then only rarely.  It has grown woody, twiggy, leggy, with lots of dead wood and bare to such an extent that I intended to dig it out a few weeks ago.  However, I lopped all the old wood instead to see if there would be a recovery.  Well. It is producing new shoots.

My question.  Has anybody grown this shrub as an espalier?  It seems to me it would suit it grown this way.  It flowers on wood made last year and it struck me that it does so in the same way as spurred apples and pears do so, in theory, it could be espalied.  It all depends now on how my bush responds this summer, how vigorously, etc. but I think it would look fantastic grown this way.  .???  Anybody growing this as a trained bush?  

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