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Tip bearing Apple tree

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 13:41

Your tree produces fruit on the tips of branches so pruning is not quite as simple as with spur  bearing trees

You can shorten some main stems but leave shoots from these unpruned.  These will,produce fruit next year.  Of course remove dead, dying or crossing branches and keep centre open.  

I would be inclined not to prune now .......all being well your tree will return to regular fruiting next summer.  If it does then resume pruning as above. 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 11:41

Hello chicky, I suspect they may have gotten a bit dry (?). They need some moisture but relish lots in summer.  For me aconitums have never been shy to flower even after a spring division simply cos I water well.  But try the acteas if you have some good moisture retentive soil.  Aconitums and acteas enjoy similar conditions 

Stainless steel is a late variety.  I have others that flower in mid summer so you can extend the season

somebody is eating my geraniums

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 11:36

Love hate thing, isn't it?  Butterflies and caterpillars 

Lyn I have stocks growing soon to transplant as large specimens for winter and spring. Always attacked by caterpillars.  I guess picking them off is best but not exactly an enjoyable task so spray for me.  I was picking some carrots at,the time and didnt fancy the mixture 

Plant now or in spring?

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 11:27

Yes cornishclare ...another cornwallonian ?.....I agree with  delaying the planting until spring.   Use the tme to incorporate of compost.  

Even though the grass is apparently dead I would trench in the top few inches ...burying upside down prob about 9" deep.  Then mix in your compost above it.  I would not add fertiliser just will largely be wasted.  I think late February is best time to apply organic granular fertiliser such as fish blood and bone. 

One further point ......often grubs of different sorts inhabit lawns so regular digging over autumn will expose them to the birds.  

Concerning the slope a picture will be good 


Posted: 20/09/2014 at 11:16

Bekkie may be happy that matchmakers are £1 but so are walnut whips in poundland   I buy lots cos some don't like the walnuts and give them to meeeeeeee 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 11:12

Victoria , yes verbena rigida. Flowers forever.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 09:44

actea brunette and salvia uliginosa (been flowering for weeks and no sign of stopping) behind.  prob - no does - need deadheading in there but this is an easy, very low maintenance area that also holds some 20 hellebores so when the summer stuff does go the winter stars start their show


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 09:40


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 09:38

aconitum stainless steel


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 09:33

yesterday my local beach 10 mins walk

 so sunny everything looks yellow...or is it my cheapo camera?

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