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Posted: 03/12/2013 at 22:32

It's mine.  No hedgehog or fox. 

......ok.  I'll get my coat 

help monster

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:55

You need danger money del 

......the good guys

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:52

Good points lyn.

For me though buying bare root perennials......and I buy loads of perennials most years........was very disappointing.  Mostly they were poor quality, expensive and those that survived took at least 2 years to flower.  Over recent years I have bought "proper" plants in pots for similar price that provided excellent plants in their first season.  Look around.......bare root are just as expensive.   Why buy for "next" season?  This season is just as important.  


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:44

Ok bob.  I'm getting very fond of Pulmonarias myself.  Very under rated plants but superb in spring  

Problem privet

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:42

Pixie, when you do cut it try to aim for an angled cut....I.e. wider at the bottom tapering slightly to the top.  It will look better, be healthier and help you achieve a seemingly narrow hedge there as, at shoulder height, it will be narrower.

Ok, it may look bare at first but few things look their best in winter.  Spring and new growth will soon be here 

Time to Chop?

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:36

Hiya blue baron.

Two issues here.  Yes remove the tree ASAP.  No choice.

I would not plant another apple there.  There are many problems planting most things in same spot.

However, if you are determined I would try to avoid the exact same spot.  I would dig out as much soil as possible .....can you excavate a few barrow loads from elsewhere to exchange?

 Why did your tree die?  Do you know?  Research your replacement tree to plant a disease resistant variety and one suited to your area. 

Deacons nursery is a good source for new fruit trees.  They give advice and supply a large range of trees on different rootstocks.  You could buy a 3 year old tree, for example, enabling you to secure your own fruit in 3 or 4 years.  


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:25

Hello forkers 

Bit cool now.  

Yes KEF, you will see me on the radio indeedy.  

Hey Bob, those new plants, are they to complete your redesigned front garden?  Maybe latest pictures?  Have a feeling next spring it will look superb 

New store opened so had a look and bite to eat there.  Was told a wait of about 30 minutes for food but I waited for 90 minutes .  Others in the same boat ..... When it arrived it was presented as thought the food was just plonked there. Complained to the manager.  Disappointing ESP when I was so hungry  So very, very hungry  ( just wanted to use these smilies again )

Keep warm everyone.  

help monster

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 18:07

Hiya del12

You can cut rhododendrons as hard back as you like....they will recover.  I would cut it back to a smaller size than the ideal size required. Sharp saw, clean cuts and remove all weeds around it.  A mulch of ericaceous bark chips too.  It will not flower for a few years though.  They flower on wood made last year so possibly it will flower in 3 years.

Always pleased to hear about the removal of pyracantha too. ,hate that shrub.  Its vicious thorns make it a big no for me.  

Enjoy the warmth from the woodburning del. 


Posted: 03/12/2013 at 08:02

Morning folks 

Busy morn.  Nice n dry here. ,doesn't feel too cold 

......the good guys

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 23:44

Ah! So many Cornish nurseries mentioned here....cross common, burncoose, duchy of Cornwall.  The home of the good guys 

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