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New GW...??

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 07:59

London Harvest Festival LG....they could do with some better quality rosettes...

Perhaps I should send them the number and  website details of another company.....

I've enjoyed the new GW a bit more, but, like many others, I still think there's too much 'filling'.  Pleasant way to pass an hour, with a couple of interesting pieces, is how I still see it. Many items pass me by. Difficult to get the right balance I suppose. 

Another Request

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 22:31

We used to have that Alan. Not any more unfortunately 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 18:18

Nice crop of tomatoes too Johnny - and good healthy grass!   


Posted: 05/10/2016 at 18:04

I take it you mean pelargoniums and not hardy geraniums Julie? 

They're usually quite easy to get cuttings from, as long as you keep them on the dry side. Give them some good light and ventilation, to stop them rotting, and just forget about them. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 18:01

The different times of year make such a difference as well Pat. These are from about eight years ago

This one was summer, on An Stuc up at Loch Tay

This is on Arran in December 2008

Also on Arran at the same time - from the top of Goatfell

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 17:44

Looks great Johnny. Always nice to see a few photos from different places 

Apologies BM - I'd forgotten all about the astrantia 

Hoep your garden is coming on well now  

Wildlife pond digging out

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 17:41

I've had ponds of all sizes and shapes over the years, and they will freeze depending on the severity of the winter and the duration of the sub zero temps. However, it really does depend on where the pond is, what's round it in terms of planting etc for protection, and where you are in the country.  None of mine have ever frozen by more than 6 inches. Two of them have had fish in them. One was very deep in the middle and had a natural, constantly moving water source at one end, so that bit was free of ice but the rest froze quite extensively. The other pond was a 'conventional' sized garden pond of about 18"/ 21" at the deepest point. I'm quite far north, and once ice forms on water, it stays for quite a long time.

I use a piece of polystyrene which has an indentation on the underside. It's tied to the surrounds of the pond with string, wire or similar, and that keeps a space unfrozen. 

When to cut back for winter

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 17:30

Start by clicking on the camera icon in the top right hand corner of the box you post in Rach. That's where you can upload photos. They have to be under about 2.5 MB just now - anything bigger won't load so you may have to resize. 

Buddleias can be damaged by the wind as they get top heavy, so you can take some of the branches back by a third or so. That helps a lot.  I've just done mine.

Rosemary is evergreen so only needs a trim as and when needed. They tend to get a bit rough after a few years anyway, but you can take cuttings or sow from seed  to get new plants. Things like foxgloves and lupins can be cut back when all the stems have died back, although many people leave them over winter to provide a place for insects to shelter or hibernate. Sage doesn't survive here in the wet, but you would normally just leave it and tidy in spring if it's too big. Chopping back now may leave it vulnerable to frost, but it would depend on where you are and how cold it gets etc. 

Sorry - don't grow roses or fuchsias, but someone else will be able to advise on those. You'll get advice on your other shrubs once they've been identified   

Last edited: 05 October 2016 17:30:24

Chimney planter advice please

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 17:22

Would be worth giving it a go Julia. as Verdun says, it would be difficult to find much that would be happy  in them long term otherwise. 

Tulips in pots

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 17:16

It's pretty straightforward....

Cover the drainage hole with crocks or similar, put some decent compost in your chosen pot, leaving approximately 6 or 7 inches for filling to the finished level. Put bulbs in, cover with more compost. Poke a few pansies in if that's what you want, or cover with gravel. Water.  Job done. 

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