Dovefromabove


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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 14:07

Liri - have a wonderful time - hope the weather stays clear for you so you can enjoy the views   Hope you've got a camera with you so you can share 


I've bubble-wrapped the little greenhouse and the begonias and canna are in there - hopefully they'll be ok but if it gets very very cold OH is aware that they'll have to come into the studio 


I've also potted up 30+ Tete a tetes - a dozen in one pot and the rest in another larger one.  It's bitterly cold out there and my fingers are freezing.  That's enough out there for the day.  

Frost got my dahlias

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 13:31

Not the study if it's warm ....... the old way was to put them under the bed in the spare room, but most spare rooms are too warm nowadays, even if the radiator is turned off.  

Frost got my dahlias

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 13:22

If Verdun waited for the frost effect he could wait a very long time indeed some winters - he lives in balmy Cornwall 

Frost got my dahlias

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 13:20

You've done it the traditional way Wakeshine.  


1.  Let the first frost blacken the foliage


2.  Dig up the tubers, cut off the foliage and shake off as much soil as possible


3.  Put the upside down onto sheets of newspaper in a dry frost free place.


4.  When most of the soil has dried and fallen off, wrap them in newspaper and put them in cardboard boxes and store in a frost free place until the spring.  

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 12:06
punkdoc says:

Those gold hot pants!


See original post

 You've got it Pdoc .... like I said, 'focus on the small things' 

Garden like a swamp, 2 weeks off work to come up with solution

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 11:30

I'm afraid I don't go with the tree idea ... speaking from experience (we have large trees at the end of this garden) trees don't take much moisture out of the soil in the winter - they have no leaves and aren't transpiring moisture.  They take the moisture out of the soil in the summer, when you need it in the soil, and shade the grass thus encouraging moss.  In a small garden such as yours, I would only plant trees because you want trees, not as a drainage solution. 


Last edited: 08 November 2016 11:31:28

Garden like a swamp, 2 weeks off work to come up with solution

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 11:27

You have children ..... most lawns aren't fit to play on in the winter ....... they turn into a muddy mess reminiscent of a rugby field in February after a match.  Far better to have a distinct play area for the children with play bark or similar  and somehow encourage the children to keep off the grass - bribery sometimes works, fences work better.  


That way the lawn won't turn into such a muddy compacted mess and you'll be able to perk it up in the spring with some aerating etc.   That's what I would do. 


Good luck 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 11:18

A celebratory Horlicks, eh Hosta?  

Plum tree rootstock

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 10:20

Yes!  Get out there and forage for sloes ... go up the public footpaths and bridleways around the fields rather than roadside verges where everyone goes and picks them too early before they're ripe.  

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 10:03

Think that's worthy of a celebration Hosta 

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