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Shrub identification please

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 08:52

Not a great picture for me but is it pittosporum atropurpureum?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 08:43

Hello forkers

Hiya pottie, everything seems calm in Cornwall doesn't it.....right now?  However further east the ice is a problem I think.  Tides were not as damaging as forecast. The forecast is awful....more of these perfect storms for the next week 

Nothing is stopping the hellebores....got a few with dark and almost purple foliage.  One with double purple flowers and purple foliage.  Lifts the spirits 

 

 

The Canny Gardener

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 23:14

Hiya sp-Ade

I think a lot of people felt they were not treated well by the canny gardener, that's all.  

Its good that people have an opinion and speak up, as you did and for that you have my respect

No, your spelling etc is just fine

Like your name tho.  

Happy gardening 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 21:29

I enjoy eating too,

Two things that I have no idea about!

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 21:09

LoganBerry,

I would not use fresh manure ...best to allow it to rot a while yet.

Coffee grounds I would use as a mulch.  

Pear Tree training

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 21:05

Pruning will help. Summer pruning in early August cuttimg baxk side shoots to produce fruiting spurs the following year.

Pears these days.... A five year old on dwarfing rootstock ......bear fruit early and the old adage plantIng for your heirs no longer applies.....dove will run me down with her convertible now .

I grow pears as oblique condons and one as an espalier.  They fruit early once formative pruning has been done.  All mine were bought as maidens so grown and trained from the start.  

I grow varieties to help pollination....I'm unsure if conference is self fertile.....will check later.....but all varieties are better for other pollinators nearby.

So, summer prune in August and consider a pollinator.

The more horizontal fhe branch the more fruitful is will be.  The oblique cordons are a combination of near vertical for for growth and near horizontal for fruit, therefore angles of 45 degrees.  Espaliers are perfect shape for most apples and pears.

fixing fleece / closches

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:56

Metal staples hold fleece very well.  Glue is not sensible and some of them actually "melt" fleece material.  For protecting runner beans, etc., I do as busy said and use clothes pegs to join. 

Hope that helps Sarah and good luck with your students.  Nice to have your question 

The Canny Gardener

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:51

Hiya sp-Ade, 

Why do you suppose we "knocked" the company so much?  Just for the devilment of it? 

We try here to help people choose wisely, to deal with companies who provide good service amd to warn about bad service.  If you think we were wrong in that that's perfectly ok.

I was phoned today by a  computer scammer.  she wanted my details after claiming I had a computer  fault.  Is it wrong of me to tell others of this scam?  Would ??ou complain that people like me are putting these scammers  out of business????

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:42

Fire island was a variety on my shopping list.  However it apparently loses its yellow colouring early in summer.  I have some nice yellow variegated varieties that look good all through summer so still looking for that glorious yellow leaf.  And a true blue ....so many, most of them, have a greeny caste to them   

My sure fire way to,keep hostas looking good through to autumn is not to let them flower.  Once flowers form the slugs and snails home in on them.  I have proved this over past few years and where I want the perfect foliage I remove any flower stems.  Where I do want the flowers, ESP when scented, I grow elsewhere.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 19:31

Thanks fidget. 

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