Alina W

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Hi all having depression

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 21:01

Once you've moved and settled I'm sure that you'll feel much happier again, Linda. Who knows, you might get some nice neighbours that share your love of the wildlife and the garden.

Tidying up herbaceous plants for winter

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 20:55

I clear anything that could rot or go slimey, but leave a few stalks sticking up from each plant so I know where they are.


Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:29

It's partly a case of whatever works for you. Crocks usually help with drainage; I personally don't soak sweet peas any more as it doesn't seem to improve germination for me; and hormone rooting powder may help "difficult" plants, but most do fine without it.

storing bulbs

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 22:13

Exactly as Geoff says - bulbs are not seeds, they cannot be stored for next year. If you don't plant them out this year they will die.

Help needed........

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 17:21

I wouldn't rush to get rid of the trees - in such an open site they add height, structure and possibly provide some shelter from the wind.

Instead, think about what you want in the garden, e.g., types of shrub, bulb plantings, areas of perennials.

Then try planning it around what is already there - that will show you what might be best moved or altered. Work on paper first, though - much better to have a plan before you start stripping things away and find yourself with nothing more than mud to look at.

Siberian Iris

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 21:59

You should be fine in spring - in fact, it's so tough that I move it around at any time.


Posted: 22/10/2012 at 21:40

Sorry to disagree, flowering rose, but Taylors Clematis says the exact opposite:

"Good feeding is important. In order to produce good flowers the plants should be fed by a good general, branded fertilizer following the manufacturer's recommendations- twice a week. Start feeding by mid-spring and continue until just before flowering. Do not feed during flowering as this will tend to reduce the flowering period."

See here:

Rocky soil

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 21:33

Bark is fine. It will only affect the top layer of soil, and your roses' roots will be much deeper, so won't be affected.


Posted: 22/10/2012 at 12:44

Are you feeding your plants regularly throughout the summer? Last summer, for example, was so wet that a single spring feed would have been washed out of the ground, leaving the plants very hungry.

Where for art thou sumac

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 11:50

Having had suckers from a tree two houses away in my front garden I'm afraid that I have to agree with Jo - it can be a real nuisance.

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