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Pinky Winky Wintering

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 17:16

As long as it's not dry now it shouldn't really need any more watering ... it's not growing so it's not using the water up, and once the leaves have fallen any rain that falls will be able to reach the surface of the compost. 

It may well need a larger container in the spring ... the roots grow to  quite some size ... would it be possible to plant it in the ground?

Last edited: 29 October 2017 17:17:12

Pinky Winky Wintering

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 17:04 

I would leave the flower heads on and remove them in the spring ... they can look very attractive as they fade over the winter, and they'll protect the new buds as they form.

If the pot is terracotta I'd bubblewrap it as it may be damaged by a hard frost. Raising the container onto pot feet or bricks will help ensure good drainage.  The hydrangea should be perfectly hardy. It shouldn't need watering until the spring and also, don't feed until spring.

In the spring I would repot it into JI loam based compost No 3 , removing the faded flower heads and pruning if   wished, as described in the link above. 

Last edited: 29 October 2017 17:06:50

Blight free tomatoes

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 16:33

Yes, this was the second year I've grown them.  The first year all my other tomatoes succumbed to blight but the Crimson Crush remained clear and produced well.

This year I grew Crimson Crush again and again I'm very pleased with them ... no blight and a good crop.  I find the tomatoes are particularly tasty roasted 

Attracting pond life

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 15:33

Absolutely KT53 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 15:26

Hmm ... the weatherperson hasn't lived up to his promises ... this morning it was all 'dry and sunny' ....  now apparently there's a caveat he didn't mention earlier ... those of us exposed to the North Sea can expect cloud, rain and chilly wind .......... expect........   it's been here for quite some time 

Never mind ... I've made some bannocks and now this is in the oven for our supper ... we'll have it with a 'version' of sag aloo made with chard from the garden. 

Attracting pond life

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 15:18
KT53 says:

On this week's GW there was a segment around a garden pond which had no sign of wildlife according to the owner.  ...

 According to the owner there was no sign of wildlife ... but as they finished the 'renovation; a frog appeared ... it had obviously been there all the time ... the gardener just hadn't noticed it.  


Posted: 29/10/2017 at 13:12
Simon Bell cottage says:

... Most importantly my wife loved it. 

 That's great   

I'd be interested to hear how it progresses 

Help with very shabby rockery

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 11:49

If it was mine, at this time of year I'd be planting lots of clumps of little species tulips, crocus tomasinianus and tiny narcissus like N. minnow N. hawera and N. teta a tete.

I wouldn't worry about winter colour .... appreciate the more subtle hues of the rocks (and possibly mosses and lichens growing on them?) and you may find that the evergreens show subtle changes in colour as the cold weather arrives.  

If it is shady, next year look out for some hardy ferns which would keep their foliage over winter and add some structure if planted in pockets against the rocks.

I'd love a rockery like yours.  

Last edited: 29 October 2017 11:50:30

Small patches of mud on lawn

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 10:28

Hello and welcome Russ

Yes, worm casts ... they usually appear more at this time of year.  Just wait for a dry-ish day and use a spring tine lawn rake to break them up and scatter them.

You won't be able to stop any more from appearing ... they're an indicator of a healthy worm population because you've been working to improve the soil beneath your lawn, and the worms are helping you.

In future before you mow use a lawn rake or a besom to break up the casts and spread them over the lawn ... then you won't get the flattened muddy patches.


Last edited: 29 October 2017 10:28:30

ID Please

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 08:34

I think the one that grows here is

C. poscharskyana. It grows in the damp shade in cracks between the walls and the path. It occasionally crops up in a border and if I don't want it there I just weed it out without any difficulty. It's a pretty thing and is almost always in flower. It usually features in our New Year Flower Count. 

Last edited: 29 October 2017 08:35:57

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