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When do you bring your tender perennials inside?

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 14:06

So muh depends upon the amount of frost we get -  until 2 years ago I left alot of things outside but after that killer winter I bring into the greenhouse alot more than I used to do.  Alliums are fine out there, as are lilies, but blue salvias, chocolate cosmos (not the annuals) need bringing in, as do geraniums, not the scrambers, they stay out and are fine,  but the pelargoniums.  Fuschias, some potted pinks, agapanthus in pots, various other tender things come in when the night temeratures drop enough for a grass frost.  I keep the greenhouse around 5 degrees when it freezes, with an electric heater.  Anything that needs more than that just has to take its chances. 

When to plant spring bulbs

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 13:56

Daffodils need planting now, they really need a long growing season before flowering.  Alliums any time in the next month or so, ditto most of the other small spring bulbs , don't plant tulips until November, even into December.  

Depressed apple tree owner - needs help...

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 13:54

Nearly all apples have done badly this year as said before, but don't worry, next year will be perfect - it always is!

Apple trees

Posted: 01/10/2012 at 13:53

No reason why you should not grow them in a pot, there is no real need to sink it, but if you want to that is fine.  Just remember that you have to do for a plant in a pot anything that it needs - e.g. water, weed, keep free of pests and so on, more than if it were in the ground.  If you move then, you will probably be able to replant the trees in the ground, as long as it is within the next couple of years.  I find that after that, many plants dislike being moved from pot to ground.  If you are going to a smaller property with less room, the trees should do OK in their pots, depending upon the type of trees and the size of the pots.  They will need good feeding next spring,  & you will need to prune well to keep them within bounds.  Many good sites about pruning, RHS for example.  Good luck. 

HONEYSUCKLE won't flower :-(

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 22:28

My honeysuckle did not flower for 7 years, since when it has flowered profusely.  I left it where it was as it was a pleasant looking plant and covered a bit of fence that was even more boring without it - now it has been stunning for 3 years or so. Sometimes patience is a virtue in gardening - though at times it does seem to take an especially long time!

Beautiful Fruit Cages that don't break the bank???

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 18:08

Hmm, I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it's the contents of my fruit cage that delight me - just now lovely James Grieve and Katy apples, blueberries, have had red and black currants - raspberries not so good this year.  I grow some clematis up the sides too, but not enough to shade the fruit.  In the end much will be down to budget - they are never cheap, pretty ones comes dearer - look at the agriframes catalogue maybe?  Whatever you try, it will gradually almost disappear from your view as it settles in and plants grow around it.   If you really dislike metal poles, you can build one from wood, the available skills and wood supply will make the difference on the budget for that - whatever you do, invest in a decent door!!  We got a poor one and had to replace it, you will underestimate how often you will open/close it.  Any fruit cage is worth its weight in gold for the fruit and crops you can protect in it. 

Plants online

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 18:01

As have had so many problems with Parkers over the years I would not ever use them again.  Maybe they have improved but .........  There are some very good plant supppliers on line, often a good way to access the expertise of specialists in e.g. hostas  and so on.  All good duppliers are insurance covered and are quite happy to replace anything that has gone wrong, I use van Meuwin and several others, Bloms for bulbs - there are good suppliers out there.

Planting Tulips now or later

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 17:56

Indeed daffs now and tulips very much later - the reason is that early planted bulbs get tulip virus which kills the plant and spoils the flowers.  Now they are in thery are best left alon,e but keep any others you have until well into November/December, I have even planted them in January and got spring flowers.  Daffs need the longer time to develop good roots. 

Growing hyacinths in water

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 17:54

Any jam jar with a suitable size to support the bulbs, as long as they are clear and clean.  Plastic bottles are possible but the top where cut can be very sharp for the bulb - children are remarkably sensible about glass jars if taught well enough. 

Oriental Limelight

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:14

Yes, it is sold as a basket plant, please don't plant it in your garden, or let it escape from any basket or container in which you might use it - it is one of the most pernicious weeds I know, virtually indestructable - still digging it out after a small peice dropped from a basket unseen, 8 years ago!!

 

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