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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.

Last edited: 29 September 2016 09:49:24

Need Help to identify this plant

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 09:38

Oh, gosh, could be several things. Try Lewisia.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 09:07

Morning all.

Will carry on potting and planting my new spring bedding plug plants. Hadn't realised what a mess the GH and cold frames had got into. There was a large chest high weed with fluffy seeds growing in one of the cold frames. I expect they will be smothered with that weed next year.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 22:23

Great news Wonky, well done!

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 19:40

You sound as fond of your cottage in Scotland, Liri as I am of ours in Norfolk. Our view isn't as spectacular as yours, but it's peaceful and I like it. These are the girls in the field behind it. They look ghostlike on a June evening in the mist.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:56

What a lovely place, Obelixx. Thank you for sending the photos. Garden looks an exciting project, but lots of work. When you look at it what do you see? How it is now or what it will be when you've planted it up? I remember looking at our brambly, nettly overgrown wasteland and seeing a flower garden with lawns and roses! But I was younger then.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:30

Sunny and quite warm today, early 20s but was only 5° this morning.

It poured heavily on Sunday but not for long, but it's amazing how the parched lawn has greened up.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 16:27

Back from seeing DD. The English run café with cake was closed and up for sale so we went to a French one. I hadn't had lunch so I had a salad with different sorts of duck meat and I had a glass of rosé wine and DD had had lunch so she had apricot tart and coffee. It was really good value. We had a good natter and she showed me photos of the house she is renting from the Maire and the house she wants to run as a B&B and tea shop. It looks ideal, I hope the bank comes up with the loan. Charlie was having a riding lesson. No school on Wednesday afternoons.

I hope Obelixx's move goes well. Hope she can post sometimes with an i Phone or something, 10 days will seem a long time without her here.

Now I must carry on planting up and potting on the plants that arrived in the post this morning.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 10:18

Morning all.

My plug plants have arrived with the post lady! Must plant some before going to meet DD in a café. I hope there will be cake, no to marathons (except the chocolate sort)!

FG, I can't give up dresses here, it's just too hot in summer. In 2003 I wore a long damp T shirt to keep cool, had to re-wet it when it dried.

Ordering perennial plug plants now

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 23:46

I usually buy a few perennial plug plants when I order my violas and pansies. I pot them up and put them in a cold frame over winter and pot them on again when they start growing. Have had some good results, but a few failures too. Doesn't matter too much as they are so cheap. 72 does seem rather a lot though!

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