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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 23:51

Jo, don't plant those plants.  They are highly invasive. 



Send them to me and I will safely dispose of them for you.  

irish yew - standishii variant

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 21:42

I know pp.   i am good, aren't I? 


Posted: 08/10/2015 at 21:40


I prune every year. I grow for foliage not the flowers so I get the best possible foliage colour this way.  I also pinch back new growth 2 or 3 times during the summer.  This helps produce dense, non leggy foliage with better colour

Over-wintering plants

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 19:47

Hosta, I would definitely take penstemon cuttings now.  A little late but will be fine.

not forgotten the aconitum Lyn 

Talkback: How to weed and reseed a lawn

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 19:45

Agree to scarify now.  You can still re seed now too but be prepared to reseed sgain in spring

Overview of the summer season- How has your's been?

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 19:42

Crazy cat

I think it has been a brilliant summer.  The best tomato crop and every one ripened.  Great for peaches, blueberries (birds got more than their share but they wont next year) blackcurrants, pears, apples, etc.  Good veg crops.  ornamentals have been excellent too with lots of colour still remaining.  Everything has seemed to bloom early

Chillies were poor....mainly because they were neglected/forgotten.  

Got good tan too so plenty of sunshine.     Ooooooo, someone said it could be because of feasting on tomatoes and carrots 


Posted: 08/10/2015 at 19:34

eh?  Why would anyone overwinter bananas?    they usually last about 3 days for me 

couple of sharp showers this morning but really a beautifully warm and sunny day.  Cut grass. transplanted a few more perennials.  

Haggled a £8 a month discount on new phone contract for my niece.  And she takes on the bill too......yippee!  More money for donuts 

watched Bake Off.  Surprisingly I enjoyed it.  Still don't rate the's all about the taste for me.  Blowed to appearance. 



Posted: 08/10/2015 at 18:33

The second year I lightly trimmed again to help bushyness 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 16:30

Wonderful joke Steve.    Fully deserving a place in this elite thread 

......because it  saw the cowslip 

.....hmmm! In my childlike haste I meant it the other way round.....cow slip?  Butter fly.  


Posted: 08/10/2015 at 16:25

It took 2 or 3 years here Catherine.  

I have a specimen Iveyii and was loathe to lose it.  Cut it hard, next year leaves were sparse and small. Year later back to normal.  

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