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Alpines in winter

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 10:32

Again, it depends on the alpines. Many of the ones sold  are not really 'alpine' at  all. Many of them are dwarf lowland plants. Or they come from lower slope alpine meadow environments. They are used to a certain amount of winter wet, especially if they go dormant.

As you say, just keep an eye on them.

Alpines in winter

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 17:11

If they are anything like the weight of mine then moving them would be well nigh impossible.

Unless the containers are likely to be damaged by frost, or the plants in them are tender, then they do not normally need protection.

In a couple of mine which have specialist plants which do not like winter rain on them, I cover with a sheet of glass but that is all.

problem Hydrangeas

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 15:31

Did you prune them last year?

Bargain of the year

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 11:05

Primula Gighas Red. £1. It had vine weevil in the pot, but no matter I was going to split it anyway. 30 plants it went into and they are all growing away nicely now (Kiss of death!)

Watching 'Love your garden'

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 17:29

Also remember that these gardens are made for non-gardeners. Why do you think they never go back and look at them 12 months, 2 years on? When they did on Ground Force, most of thwe gardens were no longer maintained the way they were made.

 

problem parsnips

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 21:10

Or, did you sow the seed direct or try transplanting the seedlings? Damage the tiny tap root when they are moved and you get that problem.

Get a long metal rod, put it in your soil, to a depth of about 18 inches, Move it around in a circular motion making a cone shaped hole in the ground. Fill that with sifted soil and sow the parsnip on top.

Harvest Mites - nasty little critters

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 21:05

They are awful things. We have friends in Wrexham who have to keep their cats in during the Harvest mite season. It seems to be a very localised problem too. A few houses up or down their road and there is no problem.

They have never found anything to help either. It does seem to be also, a seasonal thing. The mites do stop biting eventually, but when depends on the weather to a large extent. They are not there in Winter though.

Hedgerow fruit

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 17:34

Picture of the fruit would help too.

Mould in seed pan (viburnum)

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 17:48

Exactly.

And how else does one learn except by having a go? We were all like that once upon a time and despite growing things for far too many years, there are still lots of things that I don't know about plants and growing them. We learn all the time, or at least one ought to.

Have fun with it!

Mould in seed pan (viburnum)

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 16:12

All Viburnums need periods of cold and warmth to initiate germination. The last place they should be is in your Conservatory. The mould is there probalby because the compost is too wet and too warm. Scrape off the mould and put the seeds outside somewhere and leave them to get on with it. And they can take over 2 years to germinate, so patience is needed.

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