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Posted: 04/03/2015 at 17:35

You can get 10 week stock .....think there's a 7 week stock??

i have stocks flowering now......sown last spring.  

C grubs in pots

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 17:32

Remove begonias from compost/pots and wash them thoroughly.  Set the contaminated soil on a tray and allow birds to get them.  Keep this soil off your garden soil. Use fresh compost for your begonias.

what are you excited about?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 17:26

I'm excited because I still have a jam/cream donut left 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 17:23

Cut lawns, planted mahonia caress, geranium hocus pocus (at last), pruned

planted Coleonema sunset gold in front of dwarf purple berberis and alongside blue geranium, pruned dogwoods in front garden and  generally tidied and moved some stuff around.  Been sunny all day, warm and almost, perspired with the exertion 


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 12:47

Nice shrub Yviestevie...Garrya.  Yes, I think your neighbour will notice a yard removed from his/ her property. And you will need to,provide plenty of your own garden 

Dwarf Buddleia Buzz - how easy to buy?

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 12:22

With respect Andy, shop around.  Decent size plants are available at prob similar costs.


Posted: 04/03/2015 at 12:20

Congratulations Dove to your parents.......long time together.  Nice 

very warm here....was 11 so possibly higher now. 

Planted raspberries this morning for "stalking" friend.  Plus potted on her recently purchased plants, fixed her computer, replaced battery in her mouse ( was making her very ratty!).......and updated her virus definitions (highly skilled process).  ssh!  She thinks I'm a wizard!  

Tempted to uncover some protected plants but it will still be a little chilly tonight.  

Re cannas, I try to get them in as large pots as possible and to feed and lightly water now.  

And need to prune dogwoods but they look so good in the sun....ah well!  Do it tomorrow 

just heard on the local news that the care home my mother was in is slashing wages for its staff by 8 or 9%, cut holiday pay and reduce travelling costs.  It's aready a low paid under rated job as a care worker so it all sounds awful. 

here i am again

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 12:04

Denise if Green Thumb experts are about to call they will know what to do.  However, they will feed in a few weeks and appearance should improve.

Fruit tree pruning

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 12:00

I have recovered overgrown Apple trees.  One in particular was full of Woody shoots ...congested is an understatement.

I cut it all back one autumn .........all thin, dead and dying branches removed.  Then cut back to a semblance of shape......tree is a spur bearer!  I knew there would be a mass of "water shoots" so during the following summer.....August....I removed most or pruned back, spurred.  last October, 3 years later, it was productive again.

another Apple tree had been hacked back by a cowboy gardener and I again removed excess wood and aimed at spur training. Successful too.  

There is an element of luck sometimes....once did a similar thing to an apple in my brother's garden.  He claimed I killed it.  As I recall it was in a dire situation.  So, worth trying to recover a healthy looking tree


Posted: 03/03/2015 at 20:54

Oh dear!  Oh dear! Oh dear!  

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