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Pruning Cotoneaster Horizontalis

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:10

Boris, it's very amenable to pruning. You can "guide" your shape too by pruning to upward or downward facing buds.  For example, if it's as high as you want it to be around your wimdow cut it to,where you want it but to a downward bud. if you want it to grow a bit higher when past the window then prune to buds pointing upward.   Also remove branches growing out from the wall to maintain a lovely "flat" appearance.  Have fun with it.  In full berry it's a lovely sight.  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:02

Well I'll be "blessed".....that IS me Dove.

Been quite nice here today.  Warm and dry.  Got my new ex conifer area replanted.  Think it looks quite good.  Got Anemone Wild Swan in there too.  It's all so much more  interesting than that old comifer.  ( got to saw it into 3 pieces to move it to the dump as its a heavy old piece of timber)

Thanks for birthday greetings...all well and good but where's the money?  I have 2 birthdays every year so I'll announce the other in good time.

Hi new to the forum and looking for design ideas

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 18:51

Welcome Coys

How about edging your raised bed with lavendar?  Maybe a summer jasmine for,the fence.   In the wide part,of your raised bed hypericum hidcote a yellow summer long flowering shrub would complement the lavendar superbly.  How wide is raised bed?

A PH test would be a wise choice to see,if your soil is acid or alkaline. ,this determines what plants you can grow there. Again, what size will bed on the left be?

Iron Man

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 14:43

Hiya Alan,  I grow 4 varieties of blueberries incl those you mentioned.  All confused now as labels have disappeared.

I love them. If you have acid soil you can grow them quite easily.  My soil is neutral so mine are grown in large pots of acid compost.  They are juicy and sweet and I eat them raw as they come off the bush.  A little shade too and keep moisture levels up. I've had good crops this and last summer.....still some to pick.  Its best to have at least 2 different varieties.  Go for it Alan.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 09:27

It's not fair is it Stacey.....I've got 3 wild swans!   Hee hee hee

And, I've changed my car so police will never catch me now....gonna grow a beard too so my disguise will be foolproof

Neighbour has sprayed pesticide on my vegetable patch

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 09:20

Yes, monkey in the garden, was this deliberate vandalism or did ??ou ask this guy to spray for you?  It's ESSENTIAL ??ou know what he used, ESP on a veg patch.  

Also as said earlier, was it a pesticide or weedkiller?  Whatever was used its not a good idea to spray whole areas like this unless to initially clear overgrown ground


Posted: 08/09/2013 at 09:15

Stacey, it really will make little difference .....just cut back to first leaves for tidyness I think

Morning everyone.

Sun is emerging.  Nice yesterday.  But showers threaten too.  

After removing conifer couple of days ago and digging in compost it is now planting day there.  Got anemone wild swan, geum totally tangerine, and astilbes to go in as well as splitting and moving astrantias and large hackonochloa.  Abelia Confetti, I have been nurturing all summer, will go there too. It's really completing the whole border that I planted last winter and early spring.  

My birthday yesterday so, although perfect planting day, I was spoiled rotten so can't complain 

Have jolly good day folks

SOS Lupins look like the are dying

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 08:57

Yes, don't water them 

SOS Lupins look like the are dying

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 08:51

Looking at those photos the lupins do look a bit "lost" in those pots.  Perhaps they were over watered too?  

Not sure what others will say but, yes, I would bring them into the greenhouse.  If they seem heavy and wet just leave them alone.  They look quite wet though.

I tend to sow in pots, then prick out in half size trays to about 8 to 12 in each.  Then pot on into 9cm (small) pots. Young plants do not like to be over potted....they "drown" or become overwhelmed by too much soil

Not too lomg ago Cheshunt compound was used for damping off etc of seedlings and this was very effecfive.  No longer available or I would have suggested usIng this too

SOS Lupins look like the are dying

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 08:37

Clueless, forgive me if I seem slow today.  Did you sow one lupin seed per pot?   (I would have sown a number of seeds in small pots or small trays and then, about the stage they are currently af, potted individually into small pots). They may have simply run out of did say seed compost and sand.

Its a tricky time of year, deciding to feed or not now because usually feeding is reduced or stopped son, but I would put these seedlings in greenhouse and give a diluted tomato or seaweed spray.  

However, do pots feel light or heavy?  Wet or dry?  


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