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Planting out Lupins

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 13:31

Yes, I agree - in a greenhouse over winter. And make sure that they are good-sized plants when you put them out, and protect from slugs and snails.


Posted: 22/09/2012 at 18:05

You can try changing what you feed.

Starlings are very fond of fat balls, so you could stop feeding them and switch to mixed seed instead - that might give the smaller birds a better chance.

Also, you can get fine mesh feeders which starlings can't get their beaks through - have a look in a good garden centre.

Autumn planting of Alliums (not!!)

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 15:41

Yes, that'll be fine.

Seed companies

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 15:35

T&M and Suttons are my choice - both reliable.

Can I start a holly hedge with bareroot plants?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 19:37

I'm not sure that you'll find one - the thing about bare root whips is that they have no leaves, preventing water loss through them. Holly is an evergreen, so that's not possible.

Moving Irises now?

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 17:04

You're unlikely to get flowers next year if you move them now - they're best moved and split straight after flowering. If you don't mind that you will be OK.

Spent plants

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 22:32

The so-called "bedding asters" that Jenghil describes are perennials, as s/he says. However, some asters are only annuals, it's quite true.

Plants and shrubs in containers.

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 22:40

Going back to the original question, if you planted up your pansies in commercial compost then you won't need to feed them for 4-6 weeks because of the food in the compost. There's no real point in feeding plants in winter because they're not growing, and so won't use the food.

Also, if they do grow, they will just produce soft growth that will be killed by frost - this is especially true of shrubs.

Spent plants

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 22:24

I'd give those asters another chance - plants sold in flower as asters in late autumn are often Michaelmas daisies, which will flower for years.

Hellebore in flower

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 22:20

I think it's just one more example of plants confused by the odd summer we've had - to give you another, my rhododendron is currently trying to flower!

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