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Mulch or fleece for the winter

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 09:46
I'm planning to mulch my borders when i do the big cut down this autumn. Can i just spread a layer all over or do i have to leave "breathing spaces" around the crowns of the perennials that have died down ??


Posted: 21/09/2013 at 21:08

Fidget - they did last year, but this year they left them alone (but last year the slugs were really bad, this year I didn't have too much trouble with anything) - pictures now up on Gallery 2013 - but here are Indian summer again:


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 21:04

Great Pergola Singy - all that planting potential !!

Pleased with my late summer colour this year:

 And the one below is the bit the deer can get to - they don't like Rudbeckia Indian Summer (although they love munching Rudbeckia Goldstrum - they are pretty fussy !)

 All taken early this morning.


Posted: 21/09/2013 at 20:43

Lizzie - Roses it is !  (plus someone to share deer woes with!  - I have discovered they do not eat rudbeckia "Indian summer" - which has slightly hairy leaves - so have been planting it on mass in my deer exposed borders.  About to post some pics on the gallery thread)


Posted: 21/09/2013 at 08:51

Verdun - thought of you when the echinaceas were on - thought you might want to offer to trial some of his new varieties!

isn't it funny how some plants make you instantly think of forum peeps? Echs and hellebores are Verdun, astrantias are WW, irises are Fairy, figs are Dove, alliums are Mrs G and, of course, Stacey is Wild Swan.  And every time I whizz through a station I check out the planting because of Gardengirl.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 08:45

Verdun - so sorry - so very sad


Posted: 21/09/2013 at 08:40

No gardening today but lots planned for tomorrow - best go make a list.  Loved both the gardens on GW last night - billowing borders in both.


Posted: 20/09/2013 at 14:07
Welcome back KEF - glad you had a lovely time. My garden was a disaster zone til last weekend, but a couple of hours deadheading and cutting back soon brightened it back up - i'm sure you will find the same.

Welcome mmouse - your garden sounds lovely - pics please ! . Don't normally see me on here in the middle of the day but i am having lunch in a cafe - office beckons again soon.

Fairy - what bulbs are you planning ? My pots this year will be mix of ballade ( saw at chelsea and was smitten) and white triumphator. Plus some feb gold daffa for a bed that the deer can get too.


Posted: 20/09/2013 at 07:44
Ooops - that smiley didn't work. Is it even possible to wink whilst frowning?? Just tried it out - man opposite me on train is looking alarmed


Posted: 20/09/2013 at 07:39
Slugs are on my list of things its best not to know too much about!

A conference on a Saturday Mrs G- now that is something to rant about;(

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