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Posted: 04/03/2015 at 12:20

Congratulations Dove to your parents.......long time together.  Nice 

very warm here....was 11 so possibly higher now. 

Planted raspberries this morning for "stalking" friend.  Plus potted on her recently purchased plants, fixed her computer, replaced battery in her mouse ( was making her very ratty!).......and updated her virus definitions (highly skilled process).  ssh!  She thinks I'm a wizard!  

Tempted to uncover some protected plants but it will still be a little chilly tonight.  

Re cannas, I try to get them in as large pots as possible and to feed and lightly water now.  

And need to prune dogwoods but they look so good in the sun....ah well!  Do it tomorrow 

just heard on the local news that the care home my mother was in is slashing wages for its staff by 8 or 9%, cut holiday pay and reduce travelling costs.  It's aready a low paid under rated job as a care worker so it all sounds awful. 

here i am again

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 12:04

Denise if Green Thumb experts are about to call they will know what to do.  However, they will feed in a few weeks and appearance should improve.

Fruit tree pruning

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 12:00

I have recovered overgrown Apple trees.  One in particular was full of Woody shoots ...congested is an understatement.

I cut it all back one autumn .........all thin, dead and dying branches removed.  Then cut back to a semblance of shape......tree is a spur bearer!  I knew there would be a mass of "water shoots" so during the following summer.....August....I removed most or pruned back, spurred.  last October, 3 years later, it was productive again.

another Apple tree had been hacked back by a cowboy gardener and I again removed excess wood and aimed at spur training. Successful too.  

There is an element of luck sometimes....once did a similar thing to an apple in my brother's garden.  He claimed I killed it.  As I recall it was in a dire situation.  So, worth trying to recover a healthy looking tree


Posted: 03/03/2015 at 20:54

Oh dear!  Oh dear! Oh dear!  

cold callers

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 20:52

Primrose, ask for his name next time. No need to be afraid of,these guys.  

Dwarf Buddleia Buzz - how easy to buy?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 20:49

Matt, be confident.  Online buying of plants is easy.  If you want, decide on your online. Supplier but ask us first. 

Most of my plants are on line buys and no regrets so far

What's flowering in your garden today?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 20:15

Clearly......spring has come 

cold callers

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 20:14

Ex directory too but still get these calls....occasionally.  

My response is to sing the ying tong song, or ask if they would like a song.  or I act dumb and ask them to repeat, say pardon,  etc etc.  

However, you can also say "if you ring again I,will bill you because these are unsolicited calls" some cases this is effective.


Posted: 03/03/2015 at 18:36

10 degrees Punkdoc?   More like 15 to 17.  Spring is coming


Posted: 03/03/2015 at 18:32

If it's still looking reasonable, take cuttings asap.  They should root fast.  I grow osteo yellow voltage ...still flowering ...but cuttings rooted from autumn will provide replacement plants for this year.

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