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Common Land and Cuttings


We have a piece of land to the front of our house that is not owned by us or any of our neighbours. It’s owned by the council and planted up with 2 beautiful cherry trees, a californian lilac, a willow and some other shrubs. I managed to accidentally kill a large buddliea by pruning too early last year and the corner of it soon became over-run with weeds. So I’ve taken it upon myself (driven by the guilt of killing a communal shrub and the disapproving look of the neighbourhood) to do something useful here. I’ve taken out the stump and weeded it all, raking the soil over. I’ve defined 4 clear areas – one for sunflowers, one for rudbeckia and in the others I’ve sown some free californian poppies and Unwins ‘Sea of Blue’ Mixed Annuals. I have it on good authority that the twigs will stop the local cats from scratching around and the like!

Also trying my hand at cuttings from my hardy fuchsia ‘genii’. Watch this space – are fuchsias as easy to propagate as all the books say? Anyone done it before – how long before they root?

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Good luck !
Fuchsias are said to be easy to take cuttings from. I think everyone in the world can do it excapt me .lol
Genii is a lovely one with golden leaves.

19 Apr, 2009


Fuchsia's are dead easy, when i take a cutting, i stick the end in some rooting powder, pop it in a small pot of compost & away it goes.

19 Apr, 2009


Ha! Came home from work yesterday and all 5 fuchsia cuttings were wilted and practically dead as I had left the propagator on the windowsill. Oops! Moved them to the greenhouse and watered them some more and 4 of the 5 have picked up again.

Watch this space!

21 Apr, 2009

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