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Latest posts by Verdun

newly planted young apple tree

Posted: 30/12/2013 at 09:34

It's just settling down David.  

Always best not to take any fruit too soon from young tree.  Just let it grow for now 


Posted: 30/12/2013 at 09:32

Morning folks

Bloomin eck, a glass roof panel on my hexagonal greenhouse has blown out.  I found it nestled amongst some shrubs, unbroken.  I attempted to refit and it slipped and shattered. More haste less speed, that's me.  If I just took my tme it would have been fine.   I said lots of "dear me's" .  Now I have to get cut and fit new sheet.  At least it's calm now ......even sunny and hopefully it will get sorted soon but a blooming nuisance 

Hey, at least we won the cricket yesterday.  .......oh no, we lost didn't we 

Hope the stormy weather isn't affecting ??ou guys too much and the sunshine here will reach you soon


Bamboo Trees

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 22:14

Hey, I resemble that remark dove 

What perennials are ŷou currently obsessed about for next year?

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 22:13

Jimmy, try golden zebra.  In good soil it is superb 

Divide Dahlias

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 19:18

Weird for a mo James.  First thought you were relieving yourself in the conservatory and then hanging yourself........should have gone to specsavers 

Divide Dahlias

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 19:01

They're easy peasy James.  As long as each tuber has piece of stem. For large dahlias pot  up early and regularly repot 

willow trees

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 18:44

Once made a secluded sitting area using willow cuttings.  Open one side to the sun, semi circle.  

Bamboo Trees

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 18:38

Wendy, don't worry.  You can cut bamboos as hard as you like.  Nothing will kill them.  For appearance sake I would cut to ground level.  Nothing will "go wrong" .  In spring new growth will emerge and grow quickly.

A word of caution.  Bamboo is very vigorous, very invasive when established.  Most of us get rid or try to get rid of it.  

I too am partial to meringue pie 

To Fleece or Not To Fleece

Posted: 29/12/2013 at 17:57

I guess Bob has covered it all.

I fleece peas too for the pea moth.  This occurs at flowering time and can cause maggots later in peas.  A covering at this flowering time is enough to ensure pest free crops.   

I tend to sow early....too early I guess.....and use cloches if weather is bit on chilly side.  I also use fleece pegged 4' high over my runner bean framework when beans are growing early in spring.  

Covering the ground with a sheet of polythene helps it to warm up more quickly in cold areas.  Keeps it dry too.


Posted: 29/12/2013 at 17:44

It's been pretty good here today. 

I think KEF is bit drunk. How else can her behaviour be explained?   

Picked up cheap Tiarella today.  Don't know why it was in the bargain basement cos it is a large healthy specimen in a 3 litre pot.  Leaves bit discoloured but, actually, I like the look.   Of course I looked at the plant disappointingly and expressed doubts about it surviving  So the guy slapped a £2 ticket on it.  Tee hee hee    It will be absolutely stunning in spring and early summer 


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