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The gardening thread

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by ringo, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    trees all planted \o/ they've gone straight into a raised bed for the moment, i've done nothing with them root-wise as i figured i'd find out if they actually survive first... i'm not sure about the pine cos i've read they don't like being bare-rooted and i managed to break one of the roots on the hornbeam :facepalm: but otherwise fingers crossed.

    did some final clearing out of the massive vine-thing that's taken over my little lilac so hopefully that'll be able to spring back in the middle where it has a big hole atm :D

    tomorrow i'll do the final prune of the apple tree which is taking off the end of a long branch but it's a touch too high for me to do alone so will rope in mr b. i've already taken off the bits that poke you in the eye and the nasty-looking knobbly bits :thumbs:
     
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  2. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    i have orange blossom :) my favourite smell in the world :cool:
     
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  3. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    official garden geek - i was *so* excited when these turned up :oops::D

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  4. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    Say it ain't so, WaywardBob...at least if you mean the 'nasty looking knobbly bits' which grow off 2 year old wood (fruiting spurs) and not gnarly, lichen infested 'knobbly bits' of calloused over pruning cuts which failed to amount to much.
    I had a little inward gasp, recalling the 'non-flowering' hydrangea I mangled over several successive springs...along with various ramblers, which also fell victim to my brutal loppers. Although the worst case scenario is a only year of less fruit/flowers, as I found after a slack, non-pruning year.
     
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  5. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Sproutarian.

    I've just discovered that vitamin C can usefully help disperse excess chlorine in plant watering water - only in tiny amounts though ..
    I never worried before since chlorine is an essential plant nutrient ...

     
  6. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    cankerous knobbly bits :oops: it really has been badly neglected, i never even knew they were there before. i constantly wonder that it's still alive, it's never exactly been a looker :D
     
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  7. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    i have copper spray that i thought it might be worth going over with, it's scabby too :eek:
     
  8. campanula

    campanula plant a seed

    Phew! I have had a bloody and murderous gardening career...so I tend to think the worst. especially stuff I have done (often) myself.

    Old apple trees are a wonder though. Even dead ones have an innate charm. I would never fell one...although would be tempted to hang a rambler or something off one. They really do have an architectural loveliness in a sort of gothic style. I have a row of 20 year old cordons which have long departed from their original trellised neatness They have kept the original 45degree angle of lean, but now look wayward and drunken, interlocking branches to support each other (the guide wires and training frames have long gone).
     
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  9. freethinker

    freethinker Mindful

    When I saw a rainbow rose (online) I didn't think it could be real....until I saw one in real life! The base of the stem is split and placed in several different dyes....kinda cruel admittedly.
    [​IMG]
     
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  10. scifisam

    scifisam feck! arse! girls! drink!

    Where did you find them? I fancy trying to grow some too. Reminds me of Dungeness
     
  11. freethinker

    freethinker Mindful

    I enjoyed scrolling through this thread and discovering there are many other naturalistic gardeners here! [​IMG]

    Here is a photo of a firethorn bush (on the right) that was a gift from nature (not planted), a wild rose bush (over the rainbow) that arched over from next door's garden and a lawn meadow in the background (that I actually created!)
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  12. Leafster

    Leafster Nurturing green fingers

    freethinker, we seem to share a few plants in common. There's a firebush between me and a neighbour which I can see from my office when I'm working from home. The birds love the berries.

    That peony seems to be doing well - I've had to move one of mine as it was right by the roadside and someone nicked all the flowers last year!

    Is that a euyonmus fortunei behind the planter? I've used a lot of them for all-year round colour and structure.
     
  13. freethinker

    freethinker Mindful

    Yes it's a euyonmus fortunei - very observant of you (a plant I bought and still thriving!)

    I've had worse than someone nicking flowers (from my front garden) i.e. a nutter/obsessive asbo neighbour bleached (and killed) a lovely white rose bush I had there....a case of don't get me started! [​IMG]
     
  14. freethinker

    freethinker Mindful

    Here is my front garden with a garden escape - red valerian - managing to establish itself in the concrete!
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  15. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Sproutarian.

    Rare Samphire Seeds - 50 seeds - UK SELLER | eBay

    I also have some seeds of Soda Commun / Okahijiki / Salsola Soda which is the Mediterranean equivalent - and also some narrow-leaved plantain ...
     
  16. scifisam

    scifisam feck! arse! girls! drink!

    Thanks, I'll get some I have tried growing okahijiki before and it didn't do very well, but it might have been down to where I was growing it.
     
  17. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    kid2 was massively excited about these when we first saw them. our experiments needed more work tbf :D

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Sproutarian.

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  19. freethinker

    freethinker Mindful

    I am into upcycling (making creative use of something discarded). I recently found a child's purple cardigan and used it to cover some dingy plant pots (that I wanted to keep for their size). The covered backdrop hides some ugly hooks. (That's my old bike basket on the left!)

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  20. scifisam

    scifisam feck! arse! girls! drink!

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