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What will happen to my Cotinus?!

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 12:47

It will survive well, mine gets cut back this month. If very hard you may not get 'smoke' next year, the year I did that I loved it as the colour of the leaves was stunning.  This year it did have smoko, and is now ready for the chop.  There is a good RHS book on pruning,  you might get it from your public library? Takes all the mystique out of it tetty well.


Posted: 15/10/2012 at 12:44

It dpends upon which rosemary's you have.  Most of the tall upright types are very hardy, though if it snows alot you will need to clear it off the branches, several branches broke on my tall one when we had the heavy snow 2 winter ago.  The low weeping or repens type - often called 'capri' is not particularly hardy, I keep it in a cool greenhouse over winter having lost it before.  Possibly it will do with fleece and newspaper, tuck  the pot near the house or uner a hedge.  If in the ground, then peg some horticultural fleece over it when the weather demands. 

Weeping Rose

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 12:41

Horticultural fleece over both the rose and the pot will help - bubble wrap can get very wet inside and if it then feeezes the pot can break, most care is for the pot not the plant as roses in pots do fine whatever the weather throws at them.  If we are going to get the temperatures we did 2 winters ago, then two layers of fleece with newpaper between them should cover most eventualities - it has done so here so far, East Midlands.   I agree with Cristopher2, I keep them on the dry side - just allowing whatever falls from the sky to keep them going.  We never water in winter, this applies to just about all our many pots. 

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.

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