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Hostas starting to go over

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 14:36

Glad you liked my idea, works well for me.

I love roses, mine aren't diseased or unshapely and they have lots of flowers.

How could you dislike my lovely climbing The Pilgrim?

A Problem With Herbs

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 10:23

Have they dried out? Chives and Parsley need regular watering, but Thyme prefers to be drier. When you say they could be dead do you mean the foliage has died down? In that case they probably are dead. Chives and Parsely will die down with frost, Parsley will come up in Spring and go to seed, it's a biennial. Chives are perennial and should come back every year, but will need re-potting and feeding.

When you cut them for use did you cut every single leaf? Maybe it was too much of a shock. Maybe they weren't hardened off properly.

Wisteria advice

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 10:17

I grew 3 from seed. Mine died  My friend's did really well and flowered after about 4 years then they moved house. My daughter's flowered after 6 years, now it's huge and they've just moved house.

Over wintering begonias

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 10:14

When the leaves start yellowing and dying or after the first mild frost then dig them up, remove leaves, shake off compost and let them dry. Then put them in paper bags (not so easy to find nowadays!) and pack them into a cardboard bow and put them in a cool dry place ?unused, unheated bedroom, ?understairs cupboard. Not too freezing cold but not too warm.

Another new garden

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 10:07

Exciting project, hard work but fun. Good luck, look forward to the photos. Don't forget the "before" photos as well as the "after".

Do plants need sunlight over winter?

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 10:03

Ivy and brambles takeover!

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 10:03

I've tried several weedkillers on both without permanent results  Ivy seems especially resistant. The best way is to dig them up, hard work, and sometimes impossible when they are growing in the middle of a shrub.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 09:58

Blue sky and sunshine.  5° at 8am, 14° now 11am in Dordogne, but the forecast says 28° for this afternoon. I'll believe it when I see it!

Hostas starting to go over

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 09:54

I plant snowdrops around my hostas and I find it works well. The bulbs are small and they flower while the hostas are dormant. The hosta leaves then cover the dying remains of snowdrop leaves when they start growing.

Do plants need sunlight over winter?

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 09:48

You can get clear sheeting for putting over plants from Garden Centres. I wouldn't use blue tarpaulin. The plants you mention, except, perhaps, Penstemon, are quite hardy and should be OK with just the shelter of the wall. They won't mind some rain. I have a cheap polycarbonate cold frame by the kitchen wall for overwintering plants. You could even make one.

I would leave foliage as winter protection, trim it in the spring.

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