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Latest posts by Verdun

Palm tree? Trunk broken - what to do?

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 09:55

Just to agree with Bob.  I regularly cut back a particularly attractive cordyline.  It's to keep it compact......let it grow to 10 ' then back to base to let it start over again.  You can choose to,have one stem again, by rubbing out all other shoots, or allow a chosen number to grow.   Oops, as bob has already said.

Just wonder why your palm broke like that.  Is the stem rotten!  Is the compost very wet?  A wet cold compost is bad news for anything but ESP a palm.  Can you plant it out In the garden?  


Xmas jokes

Posted: 28/12/2013 at 09:48


When is father Christmas coming?   Present ly.    Hey!  These are originals 



Posted: 28/12/2013 at 09:39

Stacey, that was no was ME 

Someone mention chocolate oranges? Lily, I can try and answer that question if you like.  Just line up as many as you like, different flavours though please 

Quiet sort of day here....the odd shower though.  

Think I'll have some more toast whilst I consider lots of hard work to do ......soon



Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:57

Yesh stashee.  I jusht meant ...hic, hic... Drink is rubbissssh.  No offensh meant folks 

I hope I was missed?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:48

Hiya Bill.  It's terrible about your son....words are inadequate and there is little anyone can do.  My mum lost her daughter af 32.  Cancer too.  Our only consolation was that she felt our love throughout.  I'm sure you are offering your son the same.  Make the most of every moment.  

Im glad you are in the warm now Bill.  

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:21

Get your lawn in first.  Kids have a soft place to play.  You have a place to sit and survey your garden and plan.  You can remove parts of your lawn later or all of it.  A lawn is often derided these days but most of us love our areas of grass, ESP kids.  

Raised beds

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:15

We all make mistakes Weyplotter.  We are all impatient.  We are all over eager.  When things grow well it is down to our "skill".  When they fail it is down to bad luck 

What is your most dazzling plant in your garden

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:12

Still got gazanias in flower.  Never seems out of flower.  Nice orange.  And annual bidens struggles on 


Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:09

Thatsh rubbissssh 

Talkback: Growing mahonia

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:08

Hiya blubell, 

Firstly you can cut as hard as you like.  It will regrow very happily. Mahonias do naturally become leggy, even ugly. I have rejuvenated quite a few simply by cutting hard back.  One was almost treelike in a friend's garden....thin, leggy and awful.  It is now bushy and free flowering.  Prune every year to keep compact.

Its hard to say how many feet it will grow back in one year.  How tall is it now?  I would expect a 10' shrub cut back to 5' would grow at least 2'.  I cut a mahonia that formed part of an open boundary to 2' using a sharp saw.  It is now kept to 5 or 6 feet.  

Prune after flowering.....actually I would delay until early spring if it's flowering now.  

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