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GardenIng jokes

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 15:35

All jokes are allowed  As long as they are corny, silly and harmless.  I do agree .....I'm sure it was implied, no?, oh ok!.........that my own jokes are the best.  They do set a very high standard I believe 

Not a joke really but this morning I passed someone with a black umbrella.  It was just a guy with really, really big hair.  It was very funny.  Just what I needed enroute to the dentist for  a check up at 2.30????   Ha ha, no it was for 8 30.  

Perrenials taking over garden

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 15:27

Lydiaann, try the super strength glyphosate on jap anemomes.  It's worked for me.  Dry cloudy days from spring through summer are  best

Perrenials taking over garden

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 15:25

Which perennials are they Dave?  Artemisias, euphorbias??

I always keep an eye on any new plants  that are notorious for running but even then still get caught out by thinking I will dig them up each year.  However, I now avoid all of them.

Glyphosate is best treatment generally but it does depend on the plant.  Many can be traced close to the "donor" plant and therefore dug out emtirely....viz., the roots can be traced and removed with further excavations.  Others though do run far and wide sending roots down to appear several feet away.  These are best treated with glyphosate.  Too late inthe year now but next spring watch out for the new growths and spray.  Throughout the summer spray any further growths 

coffee grounds yea or nay?

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 15:18

Dont drink enough coffee......'orrible stuff   But do drink lots of tea, luverly 

I use tea leaves around azaleas, Camelias, Rhodos, etc. try to discard the bags after emptying them though 

Issues with hedge trimmers

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 15:14

Bought gtech cordless,long reach cutter. Very lightweight. Excellent cut for lightish materials....viz., hedges without too thick branches. I use for a 45' hedge, for longer and higher one at the back and it's very good.  I work fast and a sIngle charge...lithium ion.....enables me to cut one of the hedges with room to spare.  Also use it for trimming holly and other ornamentals like berberis Darwinii, specimen juniper, euonymous,  pittosporums, etc.  the sharp clean cut is perfect for such shaping.  Not the power of electric or petrol but a fraction  of the weight. Can also angle the blade.  So far, I have enjoyed the fun of using it 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 13:14

Sorry, the edit function is not working so that post is full of errors. Hope you get the gist though AJK

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 13:11

Hiya AJK

yep, agree osteospermums have loved this past summer.  You no doubt know, cuttimgs are so easy right now.  Find they are best in full sun though....less folkage and more flowers. Nice to meet n greet ??ou

Something which looks nice in November

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 13:05

Hiya catherine

Hope the plants help the healing process.  As you say, the psychology of bereavement  is a strange thing.

Geranium Cuttings

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 10:58

Hmmm!  I think there are two reasons......one compost is bit drier there so less chance  for it to rot.  Also I think roots "feel" swamped in centre of pots; they like to "feel" the edge of the pot.  On a practical level there is more space around the edge of the pot ...a third reason 

I certainly have greater success with cuttings around the edge....sometimes insert odd one in the middle but it rarely takes

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 07:53

4thPanda

Dont think it really matters unless you get very cold winters,when you prune.  However agree with Margaret ....reduce height somewhat in autumn and then hard in spring. It is a microphylla type, I think, which is pretty tough.

I have been growing this,plant for few years now...prob got it,when it wasn't well known.  Cuttings taken now,will still "take". 

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