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Woodgreen wonderboy

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How do trees come into your life?

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 22:21

The churchyard was often the only place with a wall to keep the animals away from the yew.

Plenty of trees around Woodgreen, Mike.


Posted: 22/12/2014 at 18:41

Such tragedies always seem so much more difficult to bear at Christmas. 

(Cooked huge pot of veggie soup for next 3 days.Making room for naughty stuff later)

Compost Advice

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 10:38

Dave, 2 of my bins were turned the other day and, like you, I was pleasantly surprised with the progress. I had assumed they were inactive. Have now covered with a tarpaulin to keep out any more moisture for now, and hopefully keep temperature up a degree or two.

New hedge advise

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 10:33

Before you make your choice ask yourself 2 questions.

1. Do I want thorns, or will they eventually be a problem to those maintaining the hedge. If not, avoid Pyracantha, berbers etc., as lovely as they are.

2. Do you need to leave space all round for maintenance? Leave enough room at the back, when mature.

Old floribunda rose

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 21:27

That's the one, could be a photo of my garden.

As an aside I hard pruned some Queen Elizabeth roses in mid summer after they had had their first main flush. They responded strongly with a second flush and clean foliage. And repeated on into early winter. Shows how resilient roses are and don't need to be mollycoddled.

Old floribunda rose

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 20:29

Agree Salino, it could be Bonica 82. I have it and it makes lots of stems, and is quite vigorous with masses of blooms. I find it is so good it is best to keep it well controlled, pruning it back to 2-3 feet.


Posted: 21/12/2014 at 20:24

Gg I am overwintering some irises, liberated from the bed which is now the new terrace. I will donate them to the plant sale in Spring.


Posted: 21/12/2014 at 19:44

My cold frame has a gravel base which keeps most weeds down, and easy to pull those that do grow, Gg.

Compost Advice

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 19:20

Why not pull it all out and turn it? Good exercise and most warming! Do it once a month and it will be pure black gold in no time. Great for the soul. Who needs gym membership?Great new year's resolution.

Old floribunda rose

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 12:01

You can probably tell if you have suckers from the rootstock by looking for 2 subtle differences in the suckers from the main stems. They will probably be different in colour, one being a darker green, when new. The other is the number of thorns, usually more to the inch on the suckers. If you can see such differences you probably have suckers. These should be the ones growing from lower down and need to be pulled/ripped off, not cut. Cutting will encourage more, which will gradually weaken your lovely plant.

I would do this sooner rather than later, and before the Spring growth starts. Take it up now in a mild spell, and treat it like a bare root plant. Tear off the suckers, pulling downwards, and replant. Prune the whole shrub quite hard, to get a better balance between top growth and roots and away you go.

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