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Sarcoccoa confusa

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 15:58

Victoria, I would cut all long stems back almost to the base and not worry about what greenery might be left.  It is alive, and sarcoccoca is a tough plant.  In early spring I would pot it on.   The fresh compost will feed it and growth will be quick.  4 weeks or so later you can plant it out.  

for scent in late winter it is wonderful.  Nothing close up but it wafts around the garden delightfully.  wouldn't be without a couple of these 

Is this a weed??

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 15:53

Bitter cress for me too 


Posted: 02/11/2015 at 15:49

All this singing....thought I was on wrong forum . Going to the cinema in this,glorious weather?  

in big hurry in the garden just then......cut grass.  It's twice now in a few days. growing like mad.  Cut 2 dahlias right down......Fed up with deadheading and it's time to tidy and plant things, better things, in their place.  Plenty of leaves tipped onto compost heap. Also general nurse and solacer.....ok, prob not a word but no matter niece recovering from tonsillectomy.  Never seen her brought down like this before.  

Even warmer....18 degrees?   Can't imagine rain coming 

got a couple of hackonechloas coming tomorrow.....All Gold because I don't have it and if it's half as good as macro aureola I will be delighted.  Superb tactile ornamental mounds from early spring and still going strong.    One mound is almost 2 metres across.



Posted: 02/11/2015 at 10:54

Very warm.....even hot in top corner of garden.  Might sow some runner beans......oh! It's not spring 

Pruning lavender now?

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 10:50

Lavendar, even if it did sprout from old wood, will never be as good as young fresh plants.  IF it did.....very will not last long so the removal job will come 

it annoys me when,,now and then, an expert on the box suggests lifting old lavendar and planting it deeper.  What a palaver!  Why?  Lavendar is cheap.  Cost nothing if you take we all should do really.....and so simple to plant. 

killing bamboo not wild life

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 10:43

Think we should keep a note of the posts of bamboos running amok.  

Dont grow bamboo unless you are SURE its the clumping type....  DON'T PLANT BAMBOO 

Maggie if  you can dig where you think it is coming from then do so.  It will help.  

You seem to doubt it is bamboo...???  Maybe post a picture?

glyphosate is most effective chemical....go for strongest you can find

Pruning lavender now?

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 07:24

I had a lavendar hedge for 20 years....superb every year.  after flowering this summer, and again in was superb, I took it out.  Lots of wood that clearly was old and creaking. New lavendar hedge will produce flowers next summer.

there is a time to discard lavender and start again.  

Hard pruning after flowering....never into old wood....good drainage and sun will keep a healthy lavender hedge for many years 


Posted: 02/11/2015 at 07:17

Hello forkers

Another besutiful day in the offing. 

Hope those with bruises, sickness and injuries recover quickly. 

Formatting a blank DVD

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 21:35

How easy is digital these days 

Pruning Rust Affected Standard Fuchsia

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 21:34

I would exactly that lizmac.  Lightly clear the surface of the compost and apply fresh thick mulch 

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