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Viburnam Bodnatense Dawn

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:13

Mine is in flower too, since December, not vast amounts but pretty pink and sweet smelling.

The bush honeysuckle is also flowering, a couple of twigs in a vase perfume the whole house - lovely and delicate - not overwhelming as some of my beloved lilies can be. 

Gardener come.....

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:12

No problem asking Tootles, after all, if we don't like the question we don't have to answer it huh?

I like the fact that, although I keep busy, it is with things that I chose to do, and at the time I chose to do them.  I am not as fit or able as I once was, so take a bit longer to do things, which is fine, as I usually have a bit longer to do things!  If I'm not so fit, I can take a day out and read books, and who cares?  No one to chase me to do certain things at certain times- what's not to like?  Not much money now, but never had that much to start with, nursing is not a job you do for nearly 50 years and come out of expecting to be rich!

We have also become grandparents this last year, our grandson is in Texas, which means we don't get called to baby sit, but thanks to the computer we do get to see him most weeks that way.  We visited a very few weeks after he was born, and I, with my other son, am going again in March - lovely - and it will be warm there - can't wait from both points of view.



Posted: 01/02/2014 at 21:06

I put my young clematis out in their pots, much will depend where you live and the weather to come!  A bit of fresh air will help them thrive, and the wind - if not too hard - will help the stems to toughen up.  As long as they don't get frosted when too young, they will be fine, if kept out of too much wind at this early stage.  They will need feeding, clematis are one of the few plants I actually buy specific feed for - everything else just gets pelleted chicken manure in April.  


Gardener come.....

Posted: 01/02/2014 at 20:20

Retired nurse, loving retirement! 


Posted: 01/02/2014 at 20:19

Dear Tootles, do try and be patient!  Gardening is all about patience, and if you plant out your baby clematis too soon, i.e. before next March, they just will not survive next winter.  As BtG says, plant on into deep pots and nurture lovingly,  and plant in a good permanent position next March - then they will build up to nice big plants and flower gloriously in due course.

The ones you have chosen are all good  and worth waiting for - and the plants you photographed, although smallish, look well and healthy - worth waiting the extra year for - honestly!

are these viburnums ready for the big bad world?

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 22:48

The forecast is talking about far greater degrees of cold by the end of the week.  I'm not considering putting seeds in trays or pots yet, never mind putting things out.  My greenhouse, just heated to keep off frost, still full of overwintering things, and expect it to be so for many weeks yet.


Please help ID this plant!

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 10:54

I did overwinter one of these once, in a cool greenhouse, but truth to tell it was not really worth the effort.  It never flowered well again, and really I could have given the space to something else - but you have to try these things once in a while. 

Plant IDs Please

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 10:52

There are pretty & tame hypericums, but the common 'rose of sharon' is not one of them, just be warned about just how rampant this plant can be.  We moved into our present house 17 years ago, where it was in borders front and back of the house.  i have cut it below ground level every time I see it, pulled up miles (with very little exaggeration) of roots, and it is still coming back. 

Mysterious plant

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 10:49

It sounds like lycesteria indeed - also known as pheasants berry because it was often grown as cover for young birds for shooting!  It is a nice plant but can spread very rampantly - I prune mine - take out the old stems - in autumn, and it gives me plenty of new shoots for the year.  There is also a golden leafed version which is pretty.  I grow mine in a very large pot, but as anyone knows who ever reads my posts knows that I grow just about anything in pots. 

are these viburnums ready for the big bad world?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 14:59

Still plenty of winter to come yet - much depends where you live - nothing will go outside here for a couple of months yet. 

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