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Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:02

My glorious fern patch usually dies down over winter and I leave the dead and dying foliage lying on the main plant base and surrounding earth to act as frost protection and ground cover. This one has at last begun to die back...

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38657.jpg?width=350

This seems to have worked well for years, then once any risk of further frosts seems unlikely I carefully tidy up the whole area removing the whole (usually sodden) mass and am delighted by how quickly the little coils of new shoots spring up to greet the Spring. 

This year, however, I am in a bit of a quandary. After such a relatively mild, wet winter another of my ferns has come through virtually unscathed in fact seems to have loved the experience.

these three photos are all of the same plant...

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38658.jpg?width=350

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38659.jpg?width=350

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38661.jpg?width=350

 The quandary is:

  1. Should I just leave it untouched this year?
  2. Should I just wait until it does die down (ie also will it die down but just later?) and then hope new growth will replace the old?
  3. Should I cut off all last year's leaves (even if they still look healthy around the same time of year that they would normally have been a sodden mess)? 

I can't remember ever having to worry about this before.

 

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 19:05

 That looks quite a compelling match Edd, especially those in the 3rd photo.

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:53

Can't take any more excitement tonight, . I'll look in another time to see if any other ideas have emerged.

Photo test thread only...

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:48
Try hard wrote (see)
How do I insert a photo when I'm using an iPad Help please

1. Take the photo with iPad - note where it is stored (folder name)

2. Return to GW forum to write your post

3. When you have typed up to the desired insertion point of your post tap the little tree icon in the Toolbar at the top of your posting window

4. In the new window that appears, tap Select 

5. Then tap Choose existing

6. Your various photo folders will appear, tap on the one your photo is in to open it.

7. Choose your photo by tapping on it - the words image jpg will appear In the new window that opened.

8. Tap on upload - the photo will appear in you posting window (sometimes a bit distorted at first)

9. Finish typing your post as normal and tap Submit reply.

PS If the photo ends up upside down or on its side, you may have to crop it to reduce its size (in computer memory terms). 

Good luck! 

 

 

 

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:27

Gg's piece is the wrong shape and size again for handle tea measuring spoon, I believe.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/36088.jpg?width=350

 

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:21

I think you're right Bob - now I think of it my Grandma's fire dogs were quite hefty pieces.

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:17

My first thought  actually was same as Forester2 - the end of a mud scraper - but I now think it is a bit too small for that since you need weight in those tools to stop them moving while the shoe is scraping on it.

As for tea strainer do you mean a bit like this?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/36087.jpg?width=360&height=350&mode=max

Being flat your piece would have to have come from the handle part, but it is surely too big for that. The tea strainer in my photo is about 10 cm long and about 2 cm across the widest part of the handle (RHS of picture).

Would you think your piece is too heavy for a tea strainer?

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:00

If it has some antique value it is generally better not to clean anything off until you know what you've got,  in case you remove too much important material. I know it's too late for that now but I think it still could be worth an professional opinion.

I'm wondering if it could be what I think was called a 'fire-dog' - a removable little metal shelf from Victorian and Edwardian times, that clipped on to the front of the grate of an open fire to rest a kettle or similar vessel on (a) to boil up the water or (b) to keep it hot after it had boiled. It looks a bit 'art nouveau'.

My grandmother had a couple of these which she used in the winter when the fire was lit.  I seem to remember they were quite ornate pieces of cast iron. If it is a fire-dog there should be evidence of there having once been another metal casting coming off at right angles from the wide end ( at the bottom of your picture). This would have been the bit that clipped onto the grate and the piece you have would have been the bit the kettle rested on. That's if it is a fire-dog!

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 22:47

Thank you so much for all that information, Berghill. I've only just logged on or I would have been back to you sooner. 

Have I inferred correctly from subsequent postings that if the snowdrops I planted last year (which were Galanthus Nivalis) do actually come up, they won't be scented?

Incidentally, although this is possibly what most people already know, I believe Galanthus Nivalis is the only snowdrop that is native to UK. This could be important if anyone needs to keep their planting strictly native.

 

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 22:34

Berghill said: For some reason Snowdrops like company,

I wish I'd known that when I plant mine last year - all in their own hole!

Your Snowdrop wood is really lovely, Berghill. Can you remember how long it took to get those clumps established like that, and when they were planted? Was each clump originally just 3 bulbs?

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