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Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 15:52

Little-ann, record them and watch when you want to. I have most yet to watch.

i have to say here is a programme, given a lot of thought to, has brought delight to the gardeners it has visited and is on every day and for more than 25 mins.  What would we have asked for in a to programme at this time of year?  

Yes Christine Walkden is loud, over the top........carol kleine?......and slightly cringing in some of her ways but I think most of us enjoy the programmes and the lady herself.  

If we aren't careful the tv planners will think they need not bother about gardening programmes.  

Marguerites, Dianthus, campanula, Agapanthus and lavender need instruction

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 15:44

Yes save them all. the marguerites will be tender but you can, even now, still take cuttings from them.  Try anyway.  Keep indoors.  Your mini greenhouse is enough but fleece for marguerites.  Even if you don't take cuttings bring in the marguerites .....trim them back, remove flowering stems, clear away debris and check bottoms of pots for nasties.  

would hold back drastically on watering anything now.  Just keep an eye out that they don't dry out completely. ,

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 13:06

Good to hear you are feeling more positive Matty

off now to see my mum in the care home but taking my dog first.....brilliant sunshine right now.  Then Spike will come with me to the Home.  They love him there.  Last week one resident offered him her lunch and before you could say "greedy pig" he had cleared her plate.  I think it safe to say Spike is happy to go there 

dahlias

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 12:57

Not convinced of the need to wash dahlias at this time of year.  Essential thing is to keep them dry

(for someone once not overly keen on dahlias I now have lots in my gh, mini polytunnel and garden.......they are growing on me; a little )

anona, keep them dry and frost free until spring.  Then pot them up but I don't water them until I see beginnings of shoots.  Then water sparingly and increase as growth does.  I like to repeat pot on until they are in 3 or 5 litre pots...so of good size......and then plant out in the garden.  They will flower earlier then and be more resistant to slugs etc.

Canna Lily

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 11:42

Thanks folks

Canna Lily

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 11:19

Still got flowers on my cannas.  I must look at a decent catalogue ....anyone know of a good one?.......to get couple more 

Getting rid of brambles

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 11:16

Edd is right Chicky.  Just take your time.  Treat it as a winter job little and often.  Your after photo will be superb.  

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 11:13

Agree with you Mike.  Christine seems to have a natural, easy but knowledgeable way about her.

new felcos?  Had a pair once but lost 'em.  I am so heavy handed anyway that I buy a new pair of secateurs every year.  They just break on me.  So cheapso for me now albeit reasonably good ones on offer.  

is it my day?  Fell off ladder whilst pruning.  Landed softly....well I jumped...and my secateurs landed point blade into the turf between the fingers of my splayed hand.  They were deeply embedded in the turf so could have had a nasty mishap there.  Got to laugh 

Something of an apology.

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 11:03

Marion, I have enjoyed your thread.  look forward to your new one 

Getting rid of brambles

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 11:01

Do this NOW Chicky.

(funnily enough just come in from cutting back a Cotinus Royal Purple that, up to 3 years ago, was spoiled by ivy on the wall)

try to get to the woody base or as near as damn it.  With secateurs or loppers cut at that point and again a few inches above it to remove a short joint.  Do this at every woody point you can.  If possible ...if the wood is of reasonable size.....cut a couple of notches in the remaining wood and paint with SBK.  Glyphosate is pretty well useless unless you can damage/bruise  enough ivy leaves in the growing season to allow it to penetrate.  Even then it is hit and miss. You need to tackle the rootstock 

returning to my cotinus, the ivy has gone.  Just a dead piece or two of ivy wood at the base.

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