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Annuals, Perenials and Bi-annuals

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 21:37

Thank you Alina - i had some violas last winter and considering they are so delicate they endured frost snow and strong winds.

Tulips are a definate in my book. I heard they only flower once - is this true?


Annuals, Perenials and Bi-annuals

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 19:59

Thanks guys - it really is a grey area isnt it. I will continue to buy what i like and look up the rest on the internet.

Whats good for winter interest in pots? Hardy and colourful preferebly.

Also Im looking forward to buying my bulbs of which i will plant in september for spring colour. I fancy Orange - any ideas guys?




Annuals, Perenials and Bi-annuals

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 18:05

Im a beginner so bare with me on this. I wondered how to distinquish between recognising all of the above without having to read the label at the garden centre? Is their a hard and fast rule as to what will be an annual, perenial etc?

And more importantly what the major difference as to why a plant will only last one year wheres as bi - annaul can do another year and so on?

 Excuse spelling

Thank you.




MMM slugs climbing up to the fascias of the house.

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 17:19

Alina W - thank you it all makes sense now.


Sotongeoff i thought as much. From now on - I must remember to sleep with my mouth closed

MMM slugs climbing up to the fascias of the house.

Posted: 28/07/2012 at 14:43

Does anyone know why this strange occurance exists? My neighbour also has the same trails going up her house too. It dosnt cause any problems - i just wondered what can they be up to?

Cutting back grasses in Spring??

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 07:34

Thanks Christopher2 i also find the remnants od baby stipas usually around the vicinity. I have 4/5 pots now.


Posted: 20/07/2012 at 13:05

Oh i see - thank you very much.

And yes the dreaded the conifers and the mess they leave behind after a strong wind.


Posted: 20/07/2012 at 11:02

What does this mean when they say the plant is Deciduous?

Golden rule

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 18:21

Oh really i was told spring was a good time. Thank you i will trim it back shortly this summer - when it arrives that is.


Another question - when the frost kills off perenials - should i leave the trimming back and tidying up till the warmer weather arrives - say spring?



Golden rule

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 14:48

Wow thank you for your responses.

The pruning was mainly to keep the plant in check in the winnering months when heavy snow could damage foliage. Also to get the most out of the plant and keep it in good health so it delivers the best possible show for me.


My main shrubs are Vibernan (gorgeous scent) and buddelias - i cant get enough of them. The other bushes in my garden get the chop when i decide they are taking over more than they should.


I have a cherry blossom of which dosnt fruit that puts on a wonderful blossom dispaly for me. I pruned this in spring  - cutting into a goblet like shape so air circulates and keeps disease at bay. It will need a trim before winter and its got very high. I was thinking maybe an autumn haircut for it.


I like the saying "growth follows the knife"



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