Woodgreen wonderboy

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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.


Posted: 06/12/2014 at 14:01

Very frosty here earlier and new grasses looked great. Lawns cut yesterday ( last time?) and compost turned, surprisingly well rotted if not actually ready yet. Should be good in Spring? Now covered up and cooking I hope. Another bed dug over for replanting.

Sorry for your news YvieSt. Hope your Mum's local hospital is as good as ours. Went there last evening to see 2 new CT scanners officially launched, paid for by public donations. Had planned to buy one new one, but had so much money donated they refurbished the other to brand new standards. So can see more people more quickly ( e.g. stroke victims) and can do new things ( e.g. scan hearts for problems, non- invasively). Apparently it has given the staff a huge boost in morale. Now collecting for Breast care unit, another cause close to my heart.

Just back from Bath to see Christmas market. Only bought some English wine. But a nice visit, very good Hotel outside the city, and best veggie restaurant anywhere for lunch. 

Big Christmas music concert tonight, choir ( 120 singers) and Royal Marine band ( 45 musicians) Should be quite a din.


Posted: 03/12/2014 at 07:13

So far, I haven't heard that anyone was hurt. Also this house wasn't thatched, unlike many around here. The lady of the house concerned is pictured on the front cover of our new calendar, riding her horse. 



Posted: 02/12/2014 at 21:39

Spent most of day in Village Shop, preparing for our Christmas Shopping event this evening. This went very well, with music, carols, food wine etc. However as we were "celebrating" a house in the village was burning to the ground. What can one say?

Is it too late to plant a cherry blossom?

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 21:32

Bit deeper than pot and wider. Mix JI with soil as too much of a contrast can be a bit of a shock, if that makes sense. Some add mychorizal fungi, but not sure if it works in cold. Others may be able to advise.

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