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Winter flowers

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 16:15

Thank you Verdun, I was concerned that I was doing something wrong.  I will hold out and keep fingers crossed for an immense display in Spring!!  

Winter flowers

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 13:57

Can I bump this thread?  I've put out winter flowering pansies and violas but despite the odd flower not much is happening.  I've left them in pots, beds and baskets but none seem to be enjoying.  They have plenty of green (except slug damage in the beds).  Could it be due to all the rain and lack of sun (they are in full sun position, but obviously we've not had a lot)?

cutting back

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 10:16

1Runnybeak1 - if it helps I only water mine very rarely when in the greenhouse.  They survive very well.  


Posted: 29/10/2015 at 21:42

I know of one that was cut back to hard wood and didn't take very well to it.  It's 18 months and slowly showing signs of growth but certainly not thriving.  Hoping as time goes on and with a little TLC it will come back.  Just wanted to share this so that you know before taking action.

SEVERELY overgrown garden

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 21:24

Can you get rid of us much off the top as possible and then try lasagne layering?  Newspapers, old cardboard etc and covered with soil?

cutting back

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 21:16

I think I have an evergreen agapanthus.  I don't do anything other than house it in the greenhouse (unheated) over winter and it comes back fine.  


Planting ideas`

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 21:15

Hi Topsoiled.  Do you have any local friends/groups that do gardening or that you could do swaps with?  I am frequently receiving giving self seedlings / divided perennials to friends.  Cheap as chips as you use what you have, I also keep old pots and recycle them to use to carry self seedlings etc.  


Posted: 29/10/2015 at 21:10

So I take it the advice is 

1]  Try sonic or water spray deterrents

2]  Ensure no bare soil is available for cats to do their business

3]  Try putting prickly mulch down (assume in areas where cats are known to do business)

Anything else?


My back garden is absolutely free of cats.  But I do have trouble in the front.  I've tried prickly bits of cuttings from prickly hedging but perhaps not enough.  I've tried bottle filled water - stopped working.  I've tried planting 'cat schoo' plants - they defecate right next to it (how insulting).  

I really don't mind cats at all, but it's the possibility of disease/infection from their faeces that worries me.  Saw a programme on toxoplasmosis the other day, nice!  I'm forever washing hands etc but still worries me. 

Accessible gardening questionnaire (student project, please help!)

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 19:00

Just submitted.  

Clematis Seeds

Posted: 07/09/2015 at 20:39

Thanks guys, I've recently done this over the weekend.  Some seeds have dispersed already.  The ones I've tried to seed are the ones that have come away very easily from the plant.  Fingers crossed although nothing lost if they don't germinate.  Try, try and try again.  

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Discussions started by Emma915

Delphinium Delfix Rose

Help please - fear of dying plant 
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Dahlias and Slugs

Slugs have destroyed my dahlias 
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