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Dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 16:33

Sally, when you choose your fruit trees go to an online supplier.  Deacons is one but there are several specialist suppliers who will advise you on varieties, root stocks, etc.  They will arrive at the right time for planting....November onwards.  

The advice about not picking fruit from fruit trees in first season is good.  It is difficult not to let one fruit mature but resist.  The early years....first and second are really about building up the trees to fruit well later.  Allowing fruit too soon weakens the trees quite substantially.

blueberries are tasty and easy to grow.....providing you grow them in pots of ericaceous compost.  Often they produce decent crops in their first year if you get 2 or 3 year old plants.....see Trehanes blueberry nursery site


Posted: 07/10/2015 at 16:21

Simmit like that 


Posted: 07/10/2015 at 16:12

I have 2.  Limelight and Kyushu.  Very different plants.  Limelight was superb....huge lime green flowers turning white.  They supported their flowers well though.  I think pruning can and does make a difference.  Mine is in similar position to Obelixx's.  Kyushu is much smaller.  Daintier. Paniculata type but lacecap type flowers.  

Both new to me a year ago.  Limelight grew to 5' or so high and wide.  Kyushua narrower and about 3'.

the only thing I disliked about Limelight was the flower turning to pink in early October.  However, I did my annual pruning then removing the flowers.  No prob though...enjoyed the flowers all summer 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 15:57

Nice planting esp the grasses Berkley.  They enhance the autumn garden with loads of class.  Got a few myself


Posted: 07/10/2015 at 12:39

Laraine, your hydrangea will enjoy reasonable sunshine, good soil ( so enrich it at planting time) and space.  Sun will help stiffen those branches.  

Space?  Yes.  After a couple of years you will notice vigorous growth from spring pruning.  They make largish shrubs.    

Perfecf too for associated bulb planting or early spring perennials like brunneras to give colour before regrowth starts 

you could move it now. 

Talkback: Plants for damp shade

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 12:19

Astilbes are perfect for damp shade.....nice varieties available now including a black/purple leaf.  Acteas.  Brunneras. astrantias.  Ferns, hostas, etc.  Hackonechloa is a beautiful deciduous grass with a classy colour and habit and will look good there.  


Posted: 07/10/2015 at 12:13

As I understand it pruning makes quite a difference.

pruning hard near to the ground will produce larger...and heavier...flower heads Inclined to flop.  Pruning halfway will produce sturdier growth with slightly smaller flower heads that will not flop.

So Laraine I would prune those spindles just below half way.  Over watering will produce lush stems too so moderate moisture and light feeding in spring.  ( your hydrangea does not need the copious water supply that mopheads and lacecaps need).  And it needs reasonable sunshine too ..again different to usual hydrangeas.


Posted: 07/10/2015 at 12:03

Good luck for 30th Hosta....hopefully it will all be fine

beautiful day ....and what rain lately?  Ha ha     Try to get out in the garden soon but all still looking good so prob leave well alone. 

Will watch Bake Off...prob tomorrow.....but what is the point of decorating food?  I'm only interested in the taste and eating asap.  

Tried to cheer up my stroke-affected cousin earlier.  He is lucky...very lucky...compared to most who suffer strokes.  He has a escapes me, ironically, beginning with A........?  because of hus stroke......that is frustrating and hugely depressing for him.  ( got it, aphasia I think, but will check it out) .  Scary though how a stroke can come from nowhere to cause such life changing devastation.



Posted: 07/10/2015 at 07:29

Hello forkers

nice, dry and warm feeling morning.  Pleasant walk with Spike in semi dark....just about see where I'm going

the rain seems to have largely by passed us here and forecast is for a few dry days too.  

Miscanthus Gold Bar ...always a little now flowering.  10' tall plus now.  Much taller than the books and grass suppliers say 

garden is eerily quiet....nothing moving at all 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 23:46

Victoria you have made me feel very lazy.  Like your style...smacks of impulsiveness that I am familiar with.

been a lovely day.  Very warm at times.  Just a little cutting back, potting up of a few bulbs but gardening today took a back seat.

planning though a little.  Thinking I can improve on things just a little.  It's been a summer of vigorous growth because of the warmth and plants are in need of dividing a year earlier I think.  Decided to donate surplus plants to a couple of deserving people and charities.   So, more thinking than doing today 


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