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Dead conifers?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 23:19


Taxus do recover from the hardest pruning.  They are vastly under rated

couch grass

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 22:31

Couch needs to grow vigorously to survive. that raking to lift stems....weakens it

Dead conifers?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 22:27


I would dig them out.  How tall are they? I have removed many conifers and would remove these.  Dig deeply all around taking out trench where you can.  I would first sever the top leaving the rest as a lever.  In my experience levering and digging is easier than ??ou might think.

Enrich the soil as much as pssible and carefully consider what you could replant there

Mind your own business

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 20:17

Wot you like woody?

What has everyone been up to?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 20:14

Mutley, you can still,get tomato plants and they will grow quickly now.

Its been lovely here today.....almost afraid to mention the word sun as rain seems to,have busy on some places.

I think it's supposed,to be good again tomorrow. ,

Betty, I have never grown globosa but intended to.  Nice plant.

Not a lot needs doing in the garden at moment but today so,e regale lilies opened.  It was the scent I noticed first.  Things happen quickly in the garden at this time

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 20:03

Tina, what did you buy?  

Bev,mathematics was and still is a confusing subject for me.  My young niece however LOVES maths....her words.  She tries to explain the fascination of it for her but loses me.  She is now an accountant....well trainee....and the mathematics is there too.  Enjoy your weekend in the garden

Does seem strange ....lonely even...on this thread at mo!

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:40

Lilies are now,opening. Yesterday not o e regale lily flower but today a laze of them.  A day is a long time in the garden

Just couple of lily beetles couple of weeks back but not seen any sInce or any damage. ,just about to take my dog for a run but will make another quick check on them

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:33

Good evening FORKERS...i won.  Look, it doesn't matter who won....but I won.  First to the evening bulletin and it's little,old me.  I'm,not too bothered really, can take it or leave it but I am first.

Been brilliant weather today ....sunny morning and sun n cloud later but very,warm and humid.  No gardening.....oh, pulled some carrots, spring onions, radishes and lettuces, picked rhubarb and gooseberries.  My peaches are a washout this year.   Might get one on each of my two bushes.  My fault should have protected them from peach leaf curl

On the bright side, my blueberry bushes are packed with berries  ...ditto the blackcurramts.  But my beans are only alf the height they were last year and I was already picking and eating them then

What a strange,year.

Perennial Geraniums.

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:22

It's a caterpillar.  ...bug worm  it is, from memory.  They do the same sort of damage that gooseberry sawfly do to gooseberries.  It's happening to one or two of,mine.  It's hard to,see,the blighters but you can spray.  A soap spray is effective as,is a systemic chemical,one.

I cut everything down......convince myself I'm doing the Chelsea chop (well. It does have the same effect).....and spray the remaining plant.  In a few weeks it will flower again with fresh foliage.  This year though I will anticipate a repeat attack and spray again just before the new flush of flowers.  

These things are cyclical I,think.  It's caterpillars and ants this year.

Evergreen shrub suggestions

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 18:13


Hiya.  Did you want to put something that might hurt....pyracantha will hurt...or,did you want something simply to block their way? 

Is it shady, sunny?  Draughty?  

For prickly but not too vicious berberis Darwinii is also evergreen with orange/yellow flowers in spring.  Will grow in sun or partial shade and is tough. 

A camellia in a pot is nice....evergreen and spring flowers.  Dittoa rhododendrons.  Needs acid soil in your pot though.  Choisyas again are evergreen but with scented spring flowers.  Phormiums..perfect pot feature. Maybe bit old fashioned now but a conifer in a pot ?  Yews and junipers would do well.  Or, a collection of ornamental grasses?

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