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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". 

Salvia Hot lips

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 18:47

Mine is 4 to 5 feet tall from  a hard spring cut......back right to the ground.

Pretty hardy shrub. Mine had red flowers in spring.   Now it has all white flowers.  In summer it had red and white flowers, hence hot lips.

Daphne odora aureomarginata

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 15:26

No....not plant for that.  Not good to prone too much ....its  super prone to virusses. Best left to grow without too much attention.  Not generally long lived.  

Planting sage and thyme together?

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 09:10

I guess we are pretty lucky down here ......most things, usually, will overwinter outside down here.  Even last winter, when it was supposedly cold, it was fairly mild in the far west of Cornwall..  It's the wet though that does it for us ....and boy do we get the rain? .  Oh, and autumn colour!  We don't see too much of that down here either.  Think cold autumns are needed for that.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 09:03

Nice one fairy's daughter

What did the carrot say when asked a difficult question?   Nothing, he was "stumped" 

That was a purely spontaneous moment of brilliant humour that occurred over my cuppa. ,I'm still laughing at my amazing wit   It's the way I tell em

(not a joke but an observation.....how can Open Reach be so-called?  They are an impossible company to reach, seem unable to liaise with anyone, and constantly fail meet their appointment dates.  They are frustratingly inefficient...after 9 months trying to get broadband connected for someone the work is still not completed .  Wonder if we should start naming and shaming!)

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