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Posted: 22/02/2015 at 19:35

Like to repeat myself winter song.  I say, I like to repeat myself 

Gardening advice

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 19:31

Hiya Nick

mulch existing plants after clearing. Add compost to planting holes.  add quality organic feed now.  Finally to mulch entire bed to suppress weeds, conserve moisture and look good


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 19:14

Yes but in the meantime ALL your plants will be thin, lanky and unhealthy 


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 19:14

Yes but in the meantime ALL your pla ts will be thin, lanky and unhealthy 

So many frosts

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 18:56

just a couple of frosts.  Usually pretty mild here anyway.  The problematic time is if there's a sharp frost in spring.  Usually ok for that too but cold weather when things are moving well is not good.  

woody growth

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 18:42


cut back skimmias to new shoots.  You can regenerate these shrubs very well but try to maintain a nice rounded shape too.

pinks?  They are short lived least if you want generous good quality flowers.  Take cuttings ...even now....and they will make nice plants for the summer.  You can meanwhile remove the most woody stems to the base now 


Posted: 22/02/2015 at 18:38

Because I had masses of work to do I cannot over emphasize the need to be very wary of overplanting shrubs/trees.  They soon grow quickly but gangly.  

I had to remove really large trees and conifers a few years back for a friend who simply had no idea of plantIng and allowing for space. Despite this and despite repeated warnings she still talks about squeezing plants in much to my annoyance and frustration.

shrubs were allowed to climb to the sky......mahonias for example didnt flower well and  looked gaunt.  They now are dense full flowering shrubs after hard cutting back.  

Plently of space for each plant to look at it's best.  

Mulberry trees

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 18:24

Yes mulberries need a lot is space and to be  well staked.  Not really a garden plant I think.  I'm plantIng one soon but it will go in a large garden.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 16:04

No prune this summer though.  

Is this tree on the way out?

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 16:01

Time is too short and precious ......yank out that awful dying plant and enjoy something really nice there instead.  Why look at it suffering all summer?  Do you want to be gawped at when you're looking poorly?

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Against all logic.......

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Wont go without a fight....

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Slugs knippimg.......

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Bit fed up but always a silver lining......

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An observation.....

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Mildew free monardas

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Boring, boring rosesN

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What will simply not thrive for you....

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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 16:11

look wot she did to me........

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Echi what?

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Last Post: 11/08/2015 at 19:09

Such a shame......

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Last Post: 07/08/2015 at 09:37

Even you hard hearts......

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Last Post: 06/08/2015 at 08:08

Ok...its nasty

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