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Plants and snow and the Hardiness rating

Posted: 27/12/2014 at 10:31

Snow only insulates if it is the dry powdery stuff. The UK tends to be too warm for that, so we get wet snow/slush. That is very bad for plants as it has freezing water and ice around it. Given the forecast is minus temps in some places for 2-3 days, fleece should suffice.

tropical garden scheme

Posted: 21/12/2014 at 17:23

I have seen that site a few times. It has been off my bookmarks so it has been good to re-visit the site and have bookmarked on my new laptop.

Christmas from the garden

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 20:50

I do like your stairs Lily.

I got to the collect stuff from garden and local countryside like Holly, pine cones, red berries, wreath shaped foam and lovely smelling foliage stage. I just need time and energy to complete the project. I hope it is before Christmas unlike last year.

Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 15:25

babsagain - sounds like Hedychium, which is called hardy Ginger. B+Q does not sell edible ginger. Leaving them in a warm place without light is not a good idea. Hardy Ginger will die back and throw up new shoots naturally.


Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 17:09

@panseyface - never tried them, just grew them tbh!

@philippa smith2 - I agree but the effort/reward return of investment with cooking ginger is not worth it!

Growing Shop bought Ginger

Posted: 17/12/2014 at 13:57

I am with Welshonion, it is just not worth it as you need very hot and humid conditions. Eddoes (Alocasia), Passion fruit, Sharon fruit and Lemon grass are easier and more rewarding to edible exotics to buy.

Removing a concrete fence post set in concrete base

Posted: 13/12/2014 at 18:56

If you are due frost tonight then soak the concrete with cold water.. First light tomorrow pour over boiling water. That should produce cracks that more easily split when hit with a hammer.

Only other thing I can think of is to plum the post and then add postcrete to hold it in place? Might need a lot of it though!

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 10/12/2014 at 16:16

" I placed the pot in the north facing window"

They need a south facing window and 100% not a north facing one. That is the reason the plant looks awful as it is desperate for light and is now etiolated. They need light and as much light as possible.


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 20:11

I would be tempted to improve drainage in the bed by forking it over. If it is minor surface crumbling of the bricks due to most bricks getting frosted I would be tempted to just render over them, paint them white or gray and add some nice wood to the top of the bricks to make it look contemporary.

Christmas of yesteryear

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 09:14

Christmas cards are an evolution of visiting/calling cards which developed from the early 18th century. There was etiquette over which side of the card was turned up or down, if it was reciprocated and if that was in an envelope or not.

Christmas trees came to the UK via Prince Albert after the German tradition.

Christmas day as a day off and celebration much more recent (1958). In Scotland, Ireland and northern England the tradition was the giving of presents (normally food) on Handsels Monday and not Christmas, which was just a normal working day.

We can blame the likes of Coca-Cola and various American movies for the modern Christmas.

Personally I miss the lights when taken down, as it makes January so dark and gloomy.

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