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Crazy paving

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 09:51

I like crazy paving.  Looks good, informal or formal, stops weeds, easy to walk on, etc.   it may not be the fashion currently but it will be again, make my words. 

Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 09:44

Once knew someone who experimented with growing all sorts of fruit...soft and tree fruit. He had them in circles and all sorts of weird and womderful shapes.....he said branches pulled or bent low or stressed produce more fruit.  He produced a lot of fruit and a funny/ fascinating garden 

Cuttings

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 09:40

Morning Maxine

Not water for me.    Never valued that treatment. 

However, they are so easy to take ........do it now. I look for longish material, maybe 4" or more, ideally without any flower buds.  I remove most leaves....all of them except for the very top.  Then cut big leaves in half leaving tiny ones. Insert  7 or 9 cuttings round the rim of a pot of mpc...I add perlite to the mix.....water well, cover with polythene bag and seal with elastic band.  Place in shady spot.  3 or 4 weeks should produce rooted plants. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 09:28

Beautiful warm morning but slightly cooler and fresher feel.....more pleasant 

Sympathise with those suffering midge bites, etc.  Some people react badly but I seem resistant to them.  

Will have to check in on the chilli site to see what I should do with mine now .....reported what is reputed to be the strongest in the world. Will save a couple for my fsvourite people 

Weeds to lawn

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 21:20

Glyphosate now and again in 2 weeks on anything not killed.  Then 2 weeks after that lay your turf.  However, I would wait just a little while longer to avoid the real heat of summer.....last week In August through September is ideal.

However, if you already have turf then better to lay if than leave it rolled up.  

Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 21:14

Keepitalive, 

Yes cordons.....upright or oblique or even double or triple........are easy and very productive.  Spur back simgle stems or double or triple (depending on what your plamts look like now).  Dont be afraid to have fun amd experiment with shape ...you can't really go far wrong.  Gooseberries will be bigger too from cordons.

Shrub conifer turned brown this month

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 21:05

No not a mite.....not a picea. .  I think that looks, well, as the guy from Dads army would say "doomed" .  

As flowering rose said, a lot of conifers down here (Cornwall) have suffered badly this winter from winter wet and I mentioned this few months back.

Paul, best to dig this up now

My Clematis Montana is wilting - what should I do?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 20:09

Yes, I'm sure it's a lack of water.  Hot sun, container over heating .....vigorous Montana needs generous watering right now

Deadheading

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:30

I deadhead offen but then in mid summer shear everything back on many long flowering summer plants....like osteospermums, argyranthemums. Removing stems makes for a neater more floriferous plamt.

Violas?  I cut hard back ....just a couple more to do.  Usually reflower but my aim is to allow the plant to regenerate.  

Astilbe

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:25

Keep mine until they look too brown.  Foliage then looks better, crisper, etc.  No wont reflower this year.  So, some of mine have been cut some not, some still in flower.  

Discussions started by Verdun

Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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Farmyard manure ....what exactly is it these days?

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Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

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How cruel is this?

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Favourite variety of your plants......

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Coleonema

Anyone growing this? 
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Associating hydrangea limelight,

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Unusual red hot pokers......

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Mahonia soft caress

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Dilemma........wot to choose?

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For Stacey and others absent at mo...

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Preposterous question....

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It's a big worry......

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Now then, now then....

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