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Enough is enough

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 21:31

Right....just watched GW and it was the best yet.  Soooo relaxing and enjoyable.  

So, enough is not enough for me Kornflake.  Loved it 

New Purchase conflicting advice

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 20:12

Think it does better though in ericaceous compost so if you have a choice from the start use it 

First year espalier - only one lateral

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 20:08

Peter, post a picture

so you have a vertical and a horizontal branch?  You shouldnt have any single horizontal branches so how did that happen?  I think you didnt allow for any vertical wood beyond the lateral shoots

a picture would help but right now it may well be better to cut the lateral out and reduce the vertical..  really you should have 3 branches now... 1 vertical and 2 oblique ? 

Colocasia esculenta

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 18:26

Lovely plant PotterAngie

i had it over the winter but pushed it too soon and lost it.

sun or shade but lots of water.  Not hardy so you will need to overwinter in gh.  

Will certainly get another 

What to do with my Bay tree.

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 18:15

Me again madpenguin.

similar reply to your pittosporum question.....bay will get big;  very big.  

If you let these shrubs get too big it will be difficult to control them later

bay responds to cutting hard back so you can have fun with the pruning.  Yes, you could give it a clear will need to tub out shoots that will grow there though 

i have seen me hollies......pretty big and shaped.  Look good but in summer I decided to cut back by just a couple of feet so future maintenance is essier.  limiting size now before they get out of hand 

Pittosporum 'Limelight'

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 18:05


yes you can.  I grow different pittosporums to a height of 8 or 9'  and keep them clipped to that.

pittosporums will grow into trees quite rapidly and can get out of hand.  a friend of mine locally has them at well over 30' I guess...then they are difficult to control. 

Looks good there though about a compromise, say another 4 to 6' ? ,

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 15:55

Whizzed around with the mower again and started ripping out some of the still in flower perennials. Prob looks a bit mad but I want other stuff in there to see how they look 

gardeners dictionary nanny beach?  Ha ha.  My sanguisorba Lilac Squirrel is still in flower and this is the centrepiece for new planting there....astilbe Shogun, knip Creamsickle and phlox Nora Leigh, sanguisorba Tanna there too plus a group of Tulbaghia.  Dictionary closed now 

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Enough is enough

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 15:43

Oh dear!  Not  you too fidget 

it is not fair is it?  Me bathing...nay the sun and you getting wet 

Last edited: 30 September 2016 15:44:54


Posted: 30/09/2016 at 15:40


I have stocks and wallflowers growing in veg patch to plant out later.  I remove all flowers until they have made large plants then they flower from late autumn to spring 

Last edited: 30 September 2016 15:41:01

Wet lawn- any tips?

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 15:37

Helen, I have a spot for my dog and any other dog visiting here... " up the top" meant the dogs would do their poo there.  Can you allocate a small green spot somewhere discreetly out of sight? 

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