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Old 02.04.2012, 19:06
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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I have seen the mini fruit trees in jumbo each costing around 50.Sfr.
would you know hte names of those thornless variety of ras und blackberry, I am impressed by the ideaa of growing a thornless variety since we have small children.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Last year my sister (who is a gardening nut in the US) talked me into a dwarf peach tree. It's really lovely - one of the few things I did move this year, and damn, if it isn't blooming.

I have an olive tree with a lot of dead looking leaves but also lots of buds, and when I broke a piece off, it was still green inside. Should I just let the dead leaves fall off or should I help it.

I grew raspberries in a pot for a couple of years, they were fine, and came out all summer. Sadly, I had to leave them behind. But the secret to a green thumb is a big fat wallet.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Fat wallet is only needed if you attempt to grow exotic plants, especially in town. I only grow perennials which are suited to my area, make my own compost with the help of the local horses- and gardening is a win-win - lots of lovely fresh organic fruit and veg for practically no money. I do a lot of exchanges with neighbours and friends too- both plants, cutting, plantlets, seeds, and eventually, fruit and veg.
I teach one of my students for free in exchange for him coming to water and look after things whenever we go away- everybody happy.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

With many fruit trees it's important to take your elevation/micro climate into account. Some varieties will be suitable to higher altitudes, some not.

For instance, I'm at ca 750 meters, but on the dark side of the Rossberg. I can't grow peaches or nektarines of any kind - but I can grow pears and cherries if I choose varieties deemed 'Hohenlage'; other varieties of cherries and pears haven't made it through the winter.

I also need to plant varieties that can be harvested early - as I get little sun my early ripeners actually ripen fairly late, and late harvest varieties often don't ripen at all.

I've had good luck with my berries: strawberries, blueberries, Johanisbeeren, brombeeren, raspberries, alackbeeren. Don't know why, but my berry bushes/plants/vines seem more forgiving than my fruit trees.

(My cranberries have flopped, though. As did my kiwi.)

I like Haeberli Beeren as a source for my fruit trees and berries, as they are very good at explaining what should do well where, which varieties are disease resistant, which varieties pollinate each other, etc.

http://www.haeberli-beeren.ch/

Their 'Kulturanleitung' with all sorts of valuable information is here:
http://www.haeberli-beeren.ch/filead..._Preis_WEB.pdf

Haeberli plants can be purchased directly from them, or from many local garden centers. Even in the Coop B/H, IIRC.

Happy gardening!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Sups, Odile,

I shall see if I can split some rhubarb and thornless blackberries. I shall make a small shoot of the blackberries and raspberries and if they survive you'd be welcome to them, they generally grow very fast. one variety I do know is Chester blackberries which are thornless but I am sure there are more varieties.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

bumping this thread.
I bought a pepino (melonbirne) plantlet and have yet kept it indoor , waiting for some warm weather before i can plant it outside. Today it snowed in our region
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

It maybe wet snow today but my allium's are slowly coming through. If I was re-incarnated as a plant it would be my plant of choice without hesitation. Cannot wait for them to fully come through. Also went shopping and had a weak moment and bought a clematis which if it ever stops snowing and raining I might get to planting this week!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Some advanced warning of dates for your diary

In Romandie:

Sat 28th April at Grand Saconnex Geneva: Jarditroc - for plant and perhaps also tools? swapping.

And in Setember, Sunday 9th - journée de troc at Chateau de l'Isle, Vaud
from 10am. This is organised by the Swiss Perrenial Plant Society and one of their l'Isle Committee member, a lovely English lady who lives there, named Marion.

If you are interested in English style gardening and perrenial plants (eg that come up year after year) why not join the
Gesellschaft Schweizer Staundenfreunde. or
Amis Suisses des Plantes Vivaces.

They organise lots of outings, garden and botanical garden visits, and most regions have their own group and acitivities.
Sekretariat@staundenfreunde.ch

Next week-end for those near Zurich, there is a big 'nature' fair at the Basel Messe. Friday 13th-Sunday 16th. www.natur.ch

At Chateau de Coppet, Fri 11th -Sunday 13th May- a Journée des Plantes
www.jardinsenfete.ch

In Waedenswil Sat 12th May A specialist plant market
www.spezialitaeten-markt.ch

In Bern on Sun 13th May - a rare species day at the Stadtgartenerei
www.porspecierara.ch

In Monteloup, Domaine de Courson F
Fri 18th to Sun 20th May Journée des Plantes www.coursondom.cm

Have fun.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Note to self - do not plant Mint unless in a pot - spent one hour digging up roots, jeez Mint spreads like wildfire! And raspberries also spread like crazy, dug up some younger offshoots to keep them at bay. The lessons this year for me as a Newbie Gardner.

Tulips are now out, my plumb tree is "thinking about" coming into blossom, about 10 more days by my reckoning before it truely makes an entrance. Allium's will probably also take another 10 days before slowly flowering.

Weeds however seem to be as prolific as ever
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We have mint in our garden from the previous owners. I ripped it all up last year and it's come back with a vengeance this year.

We did have some success in ripping out the blackberries, the ground was really wet but we were able to dig deep and rip out all of the roots - some knots were the size of a tennis ball. We're going to plant sunflowers in their place
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Got 4 types of mint here, apple mint with furry leaves, spearmint by the pond, normal mint (yes it does wander, but I just keep it in check) and lovely melissa lemon balm, next to the all so important local herb, Artemisia, otherwise known as absinthe or wormwood. A smelly corner, lol. My garden is cottage English style - and has a mind of its own, but I love it this way. A Gertrude Jekill fan - and as our house was a vicarage for nearly 150 years - a 'curate's garden' it should be.

Borage is a typical example - the blue is absolutely stunning - it self seeds and can be a bit invasive- but if they take over, I just pull out seedlings and eat them in batter, or re-plant near our stone wall in the field next door. Same with comfrey. Comfrey and borage pakora fritters, with or without a bit of goat's cheese, are just wonderful.

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I like the idea of a "smelly" corner I do have my very small and bog standard herbs all in one place. But do have lovage and borage as well based on my father's recommendation- just great in salad, have become addicted.
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What's up gardeners?

Got a shed load of mini plants I started off from seeds the last few months. Chillies, peppers, tomatoes, beetroot, spinach, peas, beans etc. I've been taking them out in the morning and bringing them in every night. I'm thinking the frosts have all but gone, what say y'all?

Overnight temps seem to be over 4c, not too bad. Anyone got tries in yet? Spuds and onions are flying along nicely!
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Can anyone tell me what kind of tree this is? My dog sitter thinks Japanese cherry blossom but I'm not convinced. Full and close up shots for the experts.
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Strollingby.
great inspiration.
I have seen the mini fruit trees in jumbo each costing around 50.Sfr.
would you know hte names of those thornless variety of ras und blackberry, I am impressed by the ideaa of growing a thornless variety since we have small children.
I bought some of the thornless raspberry and blackberry from Coop and planted them a month ago. I don't think they'll produce fruit this year, the raspberry is growing like crazy while the blackberry is still quite small.

I also bought blueberries - still need to plant them.
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Old 20.04.2012, 08:50
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Can anyone tell me what kind of tree this is? My dog sitter thinks Japanese cherry blossom but I'm not convinced. Full and close up shots for the experts.
I'd say it is.

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Actually - now I think I may be wrong - I can see one just across the street in blossom now (same as your picture) and it never produces cherries.

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Can anyone tell me what kind of tree this is?
we have something similar in our garden too and are waiting for the summer to confirm whether this is a prunus glandulosa (a pink flowering almond tree) or is it something else


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Re: How about a gardening thread?

It is almost certainly an ornamental japanese flowering cherry tree.

It's probably a Prunus Kanzan (Prunus Serrulata Kwanzan) or something similar.

It's very pretty. You're very lucky to have that in the garden.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Yes Prunus Kansan - we had two in our front garden in the UK. Sadly one was killed by a fungus disease, and the other one followed the next year. I so loved them, lucky you. (no fruit, no scent, though).

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I'd say it is.

Edit:

Actually - now I think I may be wrong - I can see one just across the street in blossom now (same as your picture) and it never produces cherries.
Mine doesn't produce cherries either, and isn't fragrant at all like my other cherry trees.

It really is beautiful. We had another amazingly colorful flowering tree, but I think it was heavily damaged from the cold. This time last year it was in full bloom and now we barely have green leaves.
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