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21st Nov and I'm still mowing the lawn. That must be the latest yet. Any one else?It's not just the grass that is confused. We've daffodils up, rhodendrons in flower, some new strawberries setting, and a japanese maple breaking into new leaf.Fingers crossed it cools down soon, or the spring colour next year will be wrecked.
Same here ES - my least favourite job to boot ! Californian Poppies still flowering, dahlias also and as for the roses - picked 3 bowls for the house this morning. Cosmos, Cranesbill, Gypsophilia, Foxgloves and more I could mention but noone likes a bore !To be honest I would appreciate a good frost - want to tidy up but until total die back I simply don't have the heart.
"To be honest I would appreciate a good frost - want to tidy up but until total die back I simply don't have the heart."I know what you mean. I hate to cut back before everything has given up for the year.Wish I could say the same for my gardener (In my defence he's only here once a fortnight, and I have a lot of land....). Last week he cut down the entire herb patch. I was was still using the herbs. Grrrrrr(Just mis-keyed and have accessed the code for the website. Bizarre! Just shows how easy it is to hack.)
Oh good - although I know when it should be done glad there is someone else who feels the same !Meant to add many of my "early" bulbs etc. are up but a frost will stop them in their tracks - I find without great harm. Or do you feel differently ?
I guess it depends how far up they are. We've some daffs in bud, and they won't flower again, but those just in leaf should be fine.I'm worried about the japanese maple though. It's only a tiny one :(
No idea where in the UK you are ES but here on the South Coast our Japanese Maple thrives with no attention whatsoever. OK, does get a couple of ericaceous feeds early Spring as we are on neutral soil but thats it.No protection, no fuss and I'm hacking it back every Summer. They are so expensive which tends to make you feel they must need "care" - tough as old boots in my experience !
not mowed since late september here...my japanese maple (small one bought this summer) has a tomato cage over it which is wrapped in household insulation (the stuff in your loft) and then burlap round that. Fingers crossed that should do the trick! Not tough enough to withstand -30 without some help i reckon.when it snowed last week it looked like a snowman.
I'm in the High Weald , so although it is generally mild, we get a bit more snow and frost than most.We have quite a few japanese maples, all of which cope fine, even with temps down to -11. The baby is a self seed which I'd like to transplant on, but after losing its leaves early in the autumn (as you'd expect), the warm weather has caused it to come into bud. My concern is it will lose these when winter proper strikes, and won't have anything left to make a go of it in spring.Will leave it be, and cross fingers. I agree, they are pretty tough. The bigger specimens have been left to their own devices with no tlc for 20 plus years and look great. No mowing since Sept Badger - sounds good! The snow doesn't though.
"...... I'm hacking it back every Summer....."That's useful info Sandra. When exactly do you prune? I've one which has completely engulfed some steps but I haven't dared to cut it back because the gardener told me they bleed if cut when the sap's up. It is a stunning tree, I've seen similar in the garden centre priced at £10k!!!! I know.... that's a car. I really really don't want to kill it (but it would be nice to use the steps!).
-11 is reasuring...thanks ES. Our maple was the most expensive thing we bought this year and the only thing that did not come with a guarantee...the others they will replace if they kick the bucket within a year...not this one
ES - I have a small garden - Japanese Maple is the miniature version !That said same genus so not quite sure why your gardener advises not to cut back. Surely every shrub/tree "bleeds" to some extent when chopped. I tend to do it early Summer by which time it has grown like Topsy but you can then see the overall shape and prune accordingly. Gives it time to recover before the Winter and although probably not accepted wisdom works for me !
yes I'm doing mine now, just came in for a rest and a drink.The sun is out today and I am hoping to plant up a few tubs, did the hanging baskets yesterday. I like the garden to look tidy over winter.
yep i mowed last week - and i need to do it again very soon, but cos of the dense mist and fog the ground is soooo wet and mower keeps cutting out. am hoping for one good fine day next week - for hopefully last cut of the year - feel like a stuck record saying that. we also have daff's coming and irises, mine are varying in height from just poking out the ground, to about 2 inches high, I still have many summer blooms blooming, petunias, geraniums, dahlias and the gazenias look amazing.
Hubby has been mowing the grass and strimming all day (hopefully the last time)and just brought in a dozen plump Rasberries......BIZARRE !!!Still a bonus for our Creme Brulee tonight :)
Glad to hear everyone else is still hard at work, not just me. I'm really really hoping I've done the last mow now! Praying even.Thanks for the pruning tips Sandra. I'm not sure what the gardener was on about really... perhaps he wasn't either. They do talk a lot of rubbish (or so I've found). For what it's worth his view was they should only be cut when dormant, so late spring after the last frost but before the leaves are out. It does make sense as maples are very sappy. I might tentatively trim one branch next year :)
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