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Posted: 15/03/2015 at 08:43

Oh.....and those donut seeds 


Posted: 15/03/2015 at 08:35

Hello forkers

colder today.  Overcast.  Hmmmmmm! 

Expect to sow carrots, beetroot, spring onions etc later this week.  Aiming for this Friday at about 9 am. 


Confession Times!

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 08:32

(Thanks for keeping my commissions coming in Dove....).  Love the yellow honka dahlia 

despite my oft  mentioned dislike for roses I have a confession I have ordered a rose for my garden.  For sentimental reasons only,  

Pruning Lonicera/ Berberis

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 00:07

Damon, cut all round the plants.....height, width ..all over.  By summer they will be just as big but bushier.


Posted: 14/03/2015 at 22:21

Prune every year......I prune mine now and again in late August.  Pittosporums often don't move well, esp if established. (Sounds like pittosporum Tom Thumb)

compost or bark

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 21:24

Bark is perfect for................wood lice, snails, slugs and weevils


Posted: 14/03/2015 at 21:22


how about a choisya for  front?  Sun dance?  Daphne odora is nice looking with great scent but it's unreliable. it's prone to dying suddenly.  Not long lived.

funny, you mentioned sarcoccoca for the back was what I would have suggested. Or the shrubby winter honeysuckle......or a tall fern like dryopteris The King?  

Pruning Lonicera/ Berberis

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 20:12


no, with the berberis I would cut it back by half.......forget any flowers for this year.  It will quickly bush up.  Just cut it to shape you want as well...compact and tight.

the lonicera.   Do same thing.  Hard pruning will produce lots of growth.  you will be surprised at how much growth it will make.  No, not just the sides.  Don't be afraid to cut top back hard.

no, both bushes are reasonably fast growing.  

Help things along.......after pruning feed and mulch.

compost or bark

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 20:02

Mushroom compost is excellent esp if laid down in autumn but not for acidic soils. ,  better than most other mulches

however, the very best mulch is raw seaweed.

but.....compost or bark.  Compost is better 

Pruning Lonicera/ Berberis

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 18:06


i grow these shrubs.  They are vigorous and respond well to pruning.  

DarwinIi should be pruned immediately after flowering and you don't need to be too specific.  Prune back to shape as you want it to be.  You won't damage it by pruning. 

Lomicera looks like Baggesons Gold. I prune twice a year....sometimes even 3 times.  I grow this as a trimmed shaped cone and new growth is vigorous and arching .....very attractive. Again, it's a question of shaping and pruning for density.  

no need to take out longest shoots etc on either shrub.........I use a fine hedge trimmer to maintain shape

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