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Posted: 08/08/2013 at 19:16

Knowing the variety would help.  If it is a spur bearer.....check where your fruit is, at the ends of branches or alomg the branches.

I rejuvenated apple trees.....spur removing all water shoots.....the mass of thin shoots that grow everywhere after a mass pruning.......completely or to a couple of buds.  Removed branches growing inwards.  Removed branches that were old.  Reduced the height of the tree.  My aim was to achieve a vase shape with an open centre.  The following summer I did the same.  One tree, ironically I discussed yesterday, is now full of apples.  The UNGRATEFUL friend moaned she didn't like those apples......ah well!

Obviously remove all cankered or diseased wood completely.

Some may argue that this should be done in winter.  For me it is a summer prune designed to induce fruit production not growth


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 19:05

Easy peasy.   Just remove all the flowered wood back to fresh new shoots.  The oldest branches, maybe a couple, remove to the base.  Then you get flowers way above the,foliage next year.  


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 18:56

Taliking of pant sizes my 19 year old niece asked me to get some tights for her....she is a petite size....and also wanted a dark pair.  I asked the middle aged assistant for help and then rang my niece from the store to say what I could get and if it was ok. I then asked, in a slighty louder voice, if they would both suit and fit ME.  The look of shock on the assistant's face was priceless.  When she removed her hand from her mouth she stuttered "they won't fit you".  When I burst into laughter she realised I was,joking and her relief was obvious.  Great fun.

The foodbank and charities like this will always be abused.  I used to be a Samaritan and some calls were far from genuine but still occupied our time. We just hope those genuinely in hardship are helped in their low times.  To not help because some will take advantage is not an option.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 17:24

There are different clones of frikartii.  However, those I have ...even purchased under different names......are certainly lavender blue.  In full flower now


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:42

Blue?  Daisy?  Aster frikartii monch is your perfect solution   Check it out james

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:40

Love rudbekias busy.  Got some flowering here too.  Aren't they a fraction early this year though?  Got frikartii monch as partner to one group and, as you have, red dahlia with red foliage, next to another.  


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:36

I'll have you know my pants on the line are impressively small Stacey

Busiest,morning yet at the foodbank.  Amd we have just.opened a warehouse to supply all the local Foodbanks. Demand is increasimg alarmingly

Beautiful day here...stunning.  Might just venture down for a swim

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 13:26

KEF. You didn't fool me.  Im too smart for that. 

Mrs garden.  Actually I do like blue

My garden is full of "spikes" right now.....lots of blue ones too.  Veronicastrums, cannas. Agastasalvia tall salvias, tall grassss, etc.  Not enough "spikes" are planted I think.  Usually they take up little room compared to their,vertical impact


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 08:24

Well. Of course, burnoose is a local GC for me.  It used to be better though.  I knew it as an up and coming nursery owned by a regular gold medal winner who was keen to grow every gem.  

I agree with blairs about avoiding those nurseries he mentioned.  Ok for bulbs.  Big no for plants 


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 08:20

Morning all

Tina hope your arm heals quickly. 

Weather Here is glorious.  Yesterday was boiling from early morning to dusk.  Put out my underpants on the line....they set off my agapanthus and grasses perfectly.  Just one of those ideas that comes to one in moments of inspiration!

Forecasting another heatwave next week.......

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