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Posted: 24/01/2015 at 12:05


congratulations on your new house.  It all looks great.  Trampoline there?  I love trampolines.

no doubt big ideas for the garden?   

Espalier apple trees

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 09:13

There was a similar thread last week about cordons and espaliers...check it out

i grow cordons and espaliers.  The main consideration is to go for spur bearing said earlier Deacons will advise totally 

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 09:03

Lyn, then try Corries Gold.....sheer elegance.  I pinch back mid spring to promote strong self standing plants

Espalier apple trees

Posted: 24/01/2015 at 09:00

Contact Deacons Nursery on Isle of wight Diane

i have purchased fruit trees of all kinds from them and they will advise you over the phone or by email.

still time to plant 


Posted: 24/01/2015 at 08:57

Morning folks

sunshine here.  Beautiful day in prospect .....see what the weatherman says soon though !


have good weekend everyone 

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 22:36

Lyn, with Corries Gold I find it simply doesnt stop flowering.  Doesn't seed either 


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 22:33


when you sense the real cold of winter has past in your area and regrowth is generally starting you can start to water lightly.  Increase this to coincide with active growth.  I would use a liquid feed if in pots...phostrogen is as good as any other

place outside when it's gotten warm out there.  Keep in warm gh otherwise with open door, etc., and acclimatise to the outside gradually. ...if you plant in the garden I would use a granular fertiliser.  If large as possible.....then continue liquid feed

for me here cannas sprout very early and I will plant outside in April or early May.  

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 18:16

Just to add though that mine overwinter very well down here so If good drainage is provided I think the root system is reasonably hardy.  

I mentiones Cories Gold earlier. it is the only variety I really want to grow.  Beautiful linear variegated foliage and  pure white flowers all summer. delicate looking foliage and delicate looking  flowers. Grown behind a dwarf purple Berberis,,for example, the effect is delightful 


Posted: 23/01/2015 at 18:09

...and they really are worth it.  Those exotic majestic flowers rule the roost in late summer.  no staking either.  The coloured and variegated foliage varieties are superb

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 18:02

I grow lindhemeri Cories Gold ......same family

i regard it as needing good drainage and full sun.  

I would not grow it in heavy soil during winter or mound up compost around it. I would generally overwinter it in a gh in most areas.  I take cuttings in late summer and plant out in mid spring. perhaps you could cloche your plants if still in the garden

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