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Posted: 24/11/2013 at 14:37

I wouldn't be sowing stocks until spring, and only then when temperatures are warming up  - I think I'm right in saying they need temperatures of around 20C to germinate so a heated propagator would be helpful if you're trying to get an early start. 

I only grow the night scented stocks and direct sow them in the late spring where I want them to flower.

What I love about winter in the garden

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 14:26

One of my most  favourite sights is hazel catkins dancing in the breeze - I'm hoping to find room for a little hazel hedge at the bottom of the garden 


Posted: 24/11/2013 at 13:46

Cheers Mrs G   much appreciated 

 Feet are up for a few minutes, then I'll get into the kitchen to prep the roast lamb etc - after that feet will be up for the rest of the afternoon to listen to the Britten concert from Lowestoft 

What I love about winter in the garden

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 13:38

Finding some little snowdrops already peeking through the soil this morning made me think about all the things I'm looking forward to this winter.

I love the hoar frost on the fennel seedheads outside the kitchen window  - I planted the fennel there so that on a cold winter's day I'd look out from the kitchen window and see my garden through the frosted fennel - so I don't cut the fennel back until late winter/early spring.

I love watching the birds on the feeders that hang from our big ash trees - we get so many different ones and I can sit and watch them for hours.

Winter is such a good time to get to know your garden - ours is a very new garden and there's lots still to do - looking at the garden when it's in monochrome is a real help in planning for shape and structure.

What do you look forward to seeing and doing in your garden in the winter?


Posted: 24/11/2013 at 13:21

Well, that's a good morning's work done   OH has raked all the leaves and put into bags for leafmould (I supervised and held the bags open ).

 We've wrapped the most precious pots with a double layer of big bubblewrap, and moved lots of pots so that they're huddling together in the south-ish facing corner of the terrace keeping each other warm.  

I've put those that need better drainage up on feet or bricks - didn't have enough for everything but they coped with last winter so I've told them they've just got to cope with whatever the winter throws at them.  

I've stapled a couple of layers of fleece to the fence behind the fig and tied it up - when we get hard weather forecast I'll untie it and drape it over the fig and weight it down with bricks etc. 

I've planted two dozen Negrita and Shirley tulips into the sunny end of the Shady Bank - they were a retirement present from a colleague 

I've taken the runner beans down and the haulms are heaped over the Hedgehog House to provide a bit extra protection from the cold.

 The wet and slimy hosta leaves have been removed, and some of the spent foxglove plants have joined them on the compost heap.

The hellebores have had their old leaves removed and they're happy on the garden bench on the terrace where I can keep an eye on them.  And it's here that I have to acknowledge an embarrassing slip - I said the other day that I had a "Helleborus×hybridus' Mandela' ........... but I checked the label today  it's  

H. niger Christmas Carol has one bloom nearly open, and more buds coming, and Snow Love has some lovely fat buds too.  

Oh, and I can report that although H. lividus Silver Edge was sold to me as hardy - it isn't - it didn't survive last winter 

OH has swept the terrace and I've nearly slipped top over bottom three times - I think I'll have to invest in a Karcher - shall be reading the thread shortly. 

I've found a little pot of snowdrops that I'd forgotten about, hidden away in a shady corner - they're beginning to peek up through the compost - I've put the pot in a sheltered corner opposite the dining room door where I'll see them when they appear properly. 

The rhubarb has been mulched with FYM and has its forcing pot over it, and the French tarragon behind it has a broken terracotta pot protecting it's base from the worst of the winter (although it survived last winter without any additional protection as I forgot it ).

Oh, and I've picked a small dish of raspberries to go with the leftover B&B pudding from yesterday - fresh raspberries in November!!!

Apple Trees

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 12:45

Here's a pic of next door neighbours' Norfolk Royal - if I was them I'd have picked and eaten them all by now, but aren't they gorgeous?  They've not got as much russet on them as on the website pic.




Posted: 24/11/2013 at 10:11

Plenty of water when producing fruit, but good drainage too - think of them as Middle Eastern plants, with roots reaching down through rocky ground into underground aquafers - because we replicate that rocky ground by constricting the roots we have to provide them with water - but in the wild they'd prefer an arid surface so we need to give them well-drained conditions. - if that makes sense.

And as with tomatoes, feed when the fruits are developing. 

ID a big bird

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 10:04

Cheers - have replied 


Posted: 24/11/2013 at 09:34

Verdun well after the mud I picked up in Suffolk yesterday it'll hardly show 

new plot

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 09:18

I agree - dig it all over now and get the roots of grass and weeds out - doing it now will save hours and hours of time in the future.  Then get the manure on and leave it for the winter frosts to break up the clods while you put up the shed and greenhouse.

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