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Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 11:13

Agree with you Mike.  Christine seems to have a natural, easy but knowledgeable way about her.

new felcos?  Had a pair once but lost 'em.  I am so heavy handed anyway that I buy a new pair of secateurs every year.  They just break on me.  So cheapso for me now albeit reasonably good ones on offer.  

is it my day?  Fell off ladder whilst pruning.  Landed softly....well I jumped...and my secateurs landed point blade into the turf between the fingers of my splayed hand.  They were deeply embedded in the turf so could have had a nasty mishap there.  Got to laugh 

Something of an apology.

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 11:03

Marion, I have enjoyed your thread.  look forward to your new one 

Getting rid of brambles

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 11:01

Do this NOW Chicky.

(funnily enough just come in from cutting back a Cotinus Royal Purple that, up to 3 years ago, was spoiled by ivy on the wall)

try to get to the woody base or as near as damn it.  With secateurs or loppers cut at that point and again a few inches above it to remove a short joint.  Do this at every woody point you can.  If possible ...if the wood is of reasonable size.....cut a couple of notches in the remaining wood and paint with SBK.  Glyphosate is pretty well useless unless you can damage/bruise  enough ivy leaves in the growing season to allow it to penetrate.  Even then it is hit and miss. You need to tackle the rootstock 

returning to my cotinus, the ivy has gone.  Just a dead piece or two of ivy wood at the base.

I cannot wait for the first frost

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 09:03

Keepitalive, feel that tuber.  Does it feel soft?  Can you cut the tuber cleanly with sharp knife because this is what I would do.  

this issue about frosting dahlias.......I think winter wet is biggest danger.  Another reason for digging up dahlias before they are frosted.  Dahlias dug up earlier will have dried out sufficiently in their stems to withstand winter.  Potted up with dry mpc plus fleece or dry newspaper at cold times and they should be fine.

i keep at least half of my dahlias in the ground and although it is mild here it is also very wet.  Don't lose dahlias because of the wet but they are later in making growth in the spring and are often checked by wet (therefore cold) conditions outside. 

Leaves on the lawn

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 08:53

A hover or rotary mower is prob the solution. I would not use a noisy leaf blower every week either

vicenteCaro, what sort of lawn do you want?  What size of lawn?  I now have a cordless rotary but started with a cylinder mower.  it is ideal for my front lawn ....150 sq metres ...back lawn and additional patch of grass.  Charged once a week.  A cylinder is great for achieving the best poss lawn but not good for long strands of grass or clearing debris such as leaves.  A rotary is a good all rounder...some can stripe your lawns too..  Electric mowers are quieter but often not practical because of the cables.  Petrol can be noisy.  Check out the cordless models if you can mow your lawns at least once a week......not good for long thick grass.  Finally, price.  Huge variations in cost 


Posted: 22/11/2014 at 08:39

hello forkers

Beautiful morning.  Very mild too.  

enjoy your weekends folks 



Posted: 21/11/2014 at 18:13

Keep warm happymarion. 

Where I enter one off validation code?

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 18:09

Welcome messiejane

Grape hyacinths

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 18:01

Hmmmm!  Grape hyacinths are weeds. Best not encouraged.

New Fruit Bushes

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 13:39

Lucy, I would keep them outside but in much bigger pots.  9cm is far, far too small for those raspberries even over winter.    They will be making root growth even now so give them something larger.  

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