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Plant ID please

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 10:25

That depends very much on what protection you are going to use.  The leaves and stems will die down entirely, leaving only the tuber in the pot, so wrapping it up at that point is fine.  Please do not use bubble wrap or anything like it, it gets wet on the inside and then if it freezes will make the compost even colder - and/or damage the pot.  Newspaper tied around and topped with sacking is good, or horticultural fleece if you can get some - any old curtains or cloths are fine, with the newspapers to absorb the wet.  Bracken or fern leaves are excellent as packing, but not everyone has access to those.  Even dry leaves tucked inside sacking or whatever will add a way of reducing moisture and keep the pot that degree or two above freezing that is all that is needed.  If you can put the pot next to the house, or in a hedge (where mine go) or next to a greenhouse, or anywhere where a tiny bit of heat and protection will be offered that is even better.  On the whole dahlias are pretty tough, but this is still a young one so will want a bit of help - so much depends on what kind of winter we get. 

Another plant id required, thank you please...

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 16:57

I was given a spade full of those (literally) from someone whose flower bed had become overrun with them.  Added a few dark red ones, the whole patch is a joy each early autumn - now blooming away.  No idea what kind they are, there are shades of pink, white and a few red that I added - in a fairy well drained area but still quite happy after several years. 

Plant ID please

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 16:54

… used to leave them in the ground until the very hard winter a few years ago, lost the lot.  Now grow in large pots which get tucked under the hedge with some protection.  Smaller pots get put in the cold frame.  If its only young then give it a chance and protect it - we have no idea what kind of winter is coming after all. 

Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 14:56

Another nice little shrub under which to hide the dying but so necessary leaves of bulbs, are the smaller leaved hebes  -  be careful though, the larger leaved ones are able to become very large shrubs indeed, not really what you want!  There are many small ones which are pretty in leaf and in flower. Mixed with some of the hardy geraniums previously mentioned could give a very good look to start with. 

Potato berry???

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 21:27

I was very unhappy to see earlier in the year, that a certain company (don't recall which one) was offering potato plants with a tomato grafted to the top.  Now, this is likely to work I suppose as they are indeed the same family -  but, how many folk may not realise this is grafted and assume the red berries or fruits of all potatoes are in fact edible?  Sometimes I think that breeders of plants are not very thoughtful - this looks like an accident waiting to happen to me.  Don't know if it actually took off  I must say, but dodgy I thought. 

Hebe - Does Anyone Know ?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 11:13

Sounds like the end of a good gardening day to me!  You are far further north than I am PinkandWhite, I'm in the Midlands, the Eastern side - you'll get alot colder than I will probably.  Fleece for plants is a good idea, though those which are still attached to the main plant will suffer less than detached ones.

My blackcurrant has layered itself this year, I shall be happy to have a new productive bush for free. 

RIP Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 19:01

Yes indeed, the wonderful Orangery - just love the Chatsworth Gardens together. 

RIP Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 16:25

….where he built the first large glass house ever, which laid the plans and ideas for the Crystal Palace.  Sadly - like the Crystal Palace -  the glass house has gone, but you can see the outlines of where it was on the ground.

RIP Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 15:06

We take our guests often to Chatsworth, and while they look at the house (nice, but don't want to see it every time we go), we look at the gardens.  The vegetable garden is always for me, a joy and a delight.  The Duchess was indeed a powerful force for good at Chatsworth, and will be sorely missed there.  

Hebe - Does Anyone Know ?

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 15:02

Besides, you can feed them come Spring with a pelleted organic chicken manure - I do my whole garden with that in April - I can't dig either, and haven't done so for years.  I do clear the odd patch of weeds and grass for new bulbs, and  scrape around shrubs with a hoe to keep some weeds under some control.  Everything else I grow in pots ( and I do mean everything else, fruits, vegetables, trees etc., plus bulbs and annuals.) 

Layered plants must of course be the same as their parents, I personally keep them on the mother plant for the winter, detach and plant them on in the Spring - maybe I am further north than you?  Anyway, that has worked for me for some fruit bushes and one or two other things.  Don't have hebes at present, possibly something that needs correcting!

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