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Posted: 03/11/2013 at 09:07

Offen advice is conflicting isn't it?  Sometimes we have to decide for,ourselves what works.  

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 09:00

Geum totally tangerine now flowering again....lovely orange gems.  And pennisetum villosum with its huge white caterpillar flowers is looking good.

....just said, on hello FORKERS, that it's fine. ,well, it's pouring with rain now. 

Oh, fuschias of course.    Hardy Genii, snowcap and some tender varieties


Posted: 03/11/2013 at 08:54

Hello Forkers

Will think of you when the fireworks go,off then dove. 

Sunny at moment...actually quite nice.  Just cleaned out all the gutters....doesn't take lomg with the hose but I do get rather wet   Another job done

Prob get some more wallflowers in and tender stuff out.'s not the cold but the wet that can do for them over  winter 

well, everything still standing in the garden.........


Posted: 03/11/2013 at 00:19

Right, I expect many will disagree with me.  I used to prune figs in the summer but they bled so much so now I do this in late December early January during our very short dormant season.  It works for me.  I try to create a bushy plant with lots of leaf axils where the fruit forms.  For me, you can prune as hard as you like. A bushy fig is easier to protect too....fleece in the spring over the embryonic figs.  Im also growing one in a pot...a cutting from 2 years ago.....and this will go in the GH over winter.  I will also prune this next month to create a compact plant with lots of spurs.  

Havimg said all that a near neighbour grows a huge fig and prunes only to hack off branches that get in his way.  Figs galore for him but he cannot reach them.

A friemd of mine also grows a fig and it simply grew and did not fruit.  I pruned last winter.  Tiny "embryonic"  fruits can be seen amd I hope for figs next year.  

I experimemt with my pruning somewhat usIng some logic based on how I see plamts flower amd fruit.  Always prepared to hear how others do these things.  We are always learning.

Choosing the correct rootstock

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 23:48

Thanks Bob

Will check it out 

...and todays identity crisis is...!!!

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 20:31

Thats sooooooooo funny.  Like it 


Posted: 02/11/2013 at 20:29

Interesting analogy farmergeddon   Not too bad here.  May be passing us by 

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 20:25

No mrs garden.

Its a lilac and white flowered salvia. ...just a variety of salvia.  For me its pretty hardy.  You are right though...leucanthemums are daisy plants.  I grow a particularly lovely variety called Broadway Lights ....not now in flower though.


Posted: 02/11/2013 at 19:46 4thPanda.  

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 19:44

Salvia Amistad still in full flower and has been since May.  Miscanthus, dahlias, some agastaches, cannas, osteospermums, anemone wild swan, honeysuckles, jasmine, coreopsis, penstemons, dianthus, some heleniums, echinaceas, Heucheras, a couple of geraniums......Elke, looking superb, and Orion.......aster frikartii monch, two varieties of astrantia, argyranthemum varieties, and salvia leucanthemum. (this looks superb right now at a height of 5')

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