Woodgreen wonderboy

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Planting bulbs in December

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 19:01

The bulb will do fine in its first year, as all the goodness it needs is already in the bulb. Unless it is very special you may wish to treat it as an annual, and not expend any effort or dosh on trying to get it to repeat. If you do want it to repeat feed it as it grows and then the foliage it makes becomes the foodstore for year 2 after the leaves die back. If the bulbs look anything other than pretty perfect I would treat as annual only.

Lawn Advice Appreciated

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 00:09

I mow like this all year. I haven't changed the setting. I think grass needs leaf to be strong. Mine is currently looking better than it has for several years on this regime. Last cut was 1 week ago.( also collects last of leaf fall) Also less moss than usual. Will use Feed and weed next spring.

Is it too late to cut hedges?

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 23:57

I find they grow too much if you leave them too long. Every other year for most is more than enough. Some, such as thuggish pyracanthas can grow 4-5 ft each year and can quickly become a real problem if left. 

Lawn Advice Appreciated

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 23:53

When you start mowing again in Spring, do it regularly but never short. Mow it longish.

How to prune 2 mature viburnums

Posted: 12/12/2014 at 23:49

I have hard pruned a mature viburnam which had quite a lot of dieback, from about 7 feet tall to about 2 feet. I am very pleased with its recovery. I had expected its demise.

I will now keep it under control., say no more than 5 feet tall.


Posted: 10/12/2014 at 08:38

Sorry Chicky that you have no heating. Mine went off yesterday because power was switched off while electricity poles are replaced in the village. All very efficient and planned. But as the house cooled down it made me think of all those people who struggle to stay warm. I am now warm again, as I hope you will be soon. 


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 12:23

Hi everyone, just to stand up for we mere males on the tree decoration front I have 4 to do.

The first is already done, for the Shop, in a competition. Our theme is replica fruit, veg., packets of provisions, tins etc. We don't expect to win, but at least we should raise a titter or two. I do 2 trees here, always the same, and will be doing another where I shall be spending Christmas Day.

Sorry to here about you tribulations on the tulip front, Gardengirl, have you time to do some more, which will give you an extended season? You might get some tail end bargains at this time.

Yes, it was a very sad sight to see the house fire nearby. The massive Fire Brigade turnout was in part to protect all the surrounding thatched houses too. One story is that the family left the washing machine going, and this may have been the source, although this is not confirmed. Anyway the village is rallying round to help. The family is well known and popular. They are now staying in a holiday-let house nearby, and there is a collection for them in the Shop. Ironically the lady of the house is featured riding her horse through the Forest, on the front cover of our Calendar.

On a brighter note tonight I am going to see Gregory Porter live for the 3rd. time. Hope you are all catching up with this marvellous and original singer/songwriter. He is destined for great stardom, along with the best.

now to complete my cards.....

Strictly 2014

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 12:09

I think the fallout from a cheating scandal on such a high profile programme would be so massive that it is highly unlikely to be the case. Not that I have any evidence either way.  The BBC has enough enemies in the media, and political circles, it just doesn't bear thinking about.

These days it is impossible to keep this sort of thing under wraps should it be going on?

Strictly 2014

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 11:28

I think Simon won through according to the rules. For Pixie to win that dance off would need a different set of rules ( i.e. the best overall dancer wins through) But what would be the point of the Dance OFF???


Posted: 07/12/2014 at 17:05

Hello Mike, Agree with Verd about Anne Folkard... a great scrambler through other plants with amazing magenta flowers, with a black eye too. Christo Lloyd loved it for that reason, so in good company there.. I put it with lavender. That reminds me I must get some more!!

Also love Roseanne, which flowers forever, unlike most which are mostly early birds. Is a bit on the big side and can swamp stuff around unless held back. I have recently planted about 20 under some Queen Elizabeth roses to give an under carpeting effect.

Hope it works.

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