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droopy conifer branches

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:18

Louise, prob your conifers.....like most of them....need a helping hand.

Some thin galvanised wire discreetly tied in around your conifer will restore its neat, tight and green appearance. I do this to my own conifers.  

All conifers look dead....are dead...on the inside so when a branch pulls away it exposes what looks like a dying plant.  Tying in restores....hey presto !  ......your nice green looking conifer. Simples 

Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:08

Glyphosate is the best, quickest and most efficient way to get rid of bimdweed.

Bimdweed is easy to eradicate......truly is.  I have to disagree about bindweed being the worst weed in the  garden.....ground elder,,oxalis, jap,knotweed, etc., are far worse.

I have eradicated it from my own garden and done the same for a friend who.....well, her garden was......was overrun with bindweed

Spraying the rosettes early in the spring followed by further sprays on any regrowth is very effective.  Where bindweed is growing up other plants just untangle it, lay it on the ground and spray or tie it around short canes and "paint" the leaves.  

Follow the rules.....5 or 6 hours of dry weather.....cloudy is better than bright sun....and allow the chemical to work. (so don't pull up affected plants a few days later).  The weedkiller kills to the roots but, often, there are other parts of the bindweed not hit by it so follow up treatments  during the summer will finally kill all bindweed

I consider glyphosate to be "organic" in the sense that if treated this year,for example, it will not be an issue for future years.  The science right now suggests glyphosate is safe esp used only as targeted applications 

Organic destruction of bindweed is so slow, ugly, laborious and ineffective 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:42

Morning folks

Bright and warm.  Sun has just blasted forth   Looks amd feels good 

Will cut back geum totally Tamgerine today........it has been flowerimg for weeks, still is, but I want to ensure flowering through the autumn.  Will stake aconitums too....keeps them nicely columnar and stakes hide nicely in the leafy foliage.

Touch wood......last night's slug campaign yielded very few of the critters.  I am convinced hand picking early in the year makes a big difference to the population eating my plants 

Dove is making me spend money again.......ordered sedum Abbeydore.  Think I know it's recipient spot.  

Have nice day everybody 

Is my conifer doomed

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 23:24

A lot of conifers have suffered over the winter.  The wet has encouraged disease to,spread, the saturated ground and constant rain I think was the cause

Nodislab I too would look on this as an opportunity to plant something different there.  If you want another conifer Taxus Stamdishii would look well there but berberis Darwinii, a variegated holly, Euonymous aureus, etc. too would fit ...?

Blue foliage

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 23:15

That carex looks good obelixx.  New one to me.  Have to have that 

What to do with exhausted compost?

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 23:04

If clean I top dress/mulcrs with it.  I don't  re use it in containers

New to this gardening

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 23:01

Hi Michael and anyone else new.  More the merrier.

Bonkers?  Only because we seem to get on so well that we ....not me, of course.....are a tad silly at times.  

choisya ternata

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 16:36

Then it may flower just a little later this year 

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 16:29

Like the sound of that white garden obelixx.  I was promised some white foxgloves by my neighbour but he seems to have forgotten   I call him the foxglove king ...all of his are his own seedlings imcluding whites and a fantastic creamy variety. Will have to  strike a deal with him for white this autumn.  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 16:23

It's been very, very humid and hot today.  Rain threatened a few times but dry.  

Planted out my divided Imperata today imfilling gaps where it,is already growimg.  Nice soon to be red leaves behind the yellow hackonechloa.  For those of you not knowing this grass it has brilliant red leaves from mid summer onwards .....the Japanese blood grass.  Nice with hostas too

 

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