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Keeping plants warm in winter

Posted: 02/11/2017 at 08:09

It also depends on what's in the pots. I don't wrap anything because I don't grow anything that won't cope with my climate. I don't have the time to go out covering stuff either. Anything like pelargoniums will come inside, but some of mine are still outside in pots and we've had several frosts. 

Most plants will cope with a few frosts but if you have anything that's small, grouping pots together, and/or tucking them against a house wall or in among plants in borders will usually be enough. Young plants are more susceptible to cold and wet too, rather than frosts. If it's getting below minus five on a regular basis or for a week or so, that's when fleece is good, but it's best to check when that's going to happen, and wrap before the cold comes in. Insulation traps in cold as well as warmth.

What have you got in the pots? That will determine what action you take, as Borderline also says 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 02/11/2017 at 07:53

Morning all/afties Pat. Can't beat an owl - of any kind and type 

Chilly here again - think we've had a touch of frost, overnight and as the light came in. It's only about 0 degrees now, but lovely and clear and bright - just like LP's pic. Whereabouts are you just now LP - that looks a bit like the hills at Callander, or thereabouts. 

Lovely photos too Obelixx. You sound like you're having a nice time - which is the main thing.

Not a fan of the 'classics' either, although I loved Jane Eyre when I was younger. The Austen books have never appealed - all those daft wimmin in their frilly 'underpinnings' fluttering over daft men...  

GIve me a good murder any day!

Durham Town was that one chicky, but they all kind of blended into each other - old Roger and his cheesy whistling! 

I'll have a quick look round before I go to work. Nearly the weekend....

Need tall plants for patio

Posted: 01/11/2017 at 18:13

I should think the plants have already been bought and planted, Rosemary - the thread's three and a half years old ....

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 01/11/2017 at 18:08

New underpinnings, Dove...I'm not tittering....honest....

Glad all is well with the gnashers. Hope all is good with yours too GWRS   

The rain has almost stoppped here - hurrah. It's watered all my little plants in nicely though. Hope the weather stays fine for you on your cottage trip, Liri. Time we had a decent little spell.

Dacha - some people have small minds and too much time on their  hands  

Rosbif for dinner. Not my favourite, but youngest likes it. Hardly seen the older one - apart from late last night when she came home from her Hallowe'en party. She was some kind of psycho surgeon with a bloodied lab coat and scrubs under it ....

Levelling lumpy bumpy turf

Posted: 01/11/2017 at 18:00

It really depends how big an area it is.

It's often easier  to fill in hollows with fresh topsoil, and that will make a more level surface, which can then be reseeded in spring. A little layer of soil over the rest of the area, and some seed scattered on that too will ensure a nice blend. 

If it's really rough, you might need to get a turf stripper to get the top layer off, and then a small digger to level it all out, before prepping and reseeding, or laying new turf.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 01/11/2017 at 17:53

Lovely just to see nuthatches here, but having them feeding from a hand is terrific Johnny. Must be a thrill no matter how often it happens  

Detail on the feathers is fantastic Sheps 

My current one has been named Don Corleone. He sees off any bird that hacks him off, not just other robins.

I think he wants rid of me too, if his swooping past me about an inch from my face a few weeks ago is anything to go by!

As I Get Older....

Posted: 01/11/2017 at 17:48

Brilliant pansy! 

Number 3 on the list is the one which I think we need to put on the wall at work......

Number 10 is the one I find most appropriate  

Sweet Peas

Posted: 01/11/2017 at 12:40

I sow in spring, and mainly direct, but if you have warmer conditions than I do, sowing now (as scroggin describes) is a good way of getting earlier flowers. Mice can be a pest so it's always worth doing a couple of batches and then some in late winter/early spring if you can. Sow some direct as well to give a succession. 

It's rough, cold wet, windy weather that's bad news for them rather than dry cold, so the protection helps to keep them steady over winter until they start growing away properly. Don't over heat them though, as that can make them a bit leggy, and you'll have to keep pinching out more than you would if they're allowed to germinate and grow more naturally. 

NGJac - picking ones that you like is the right thing to do. No point growing something you don't enjoy 

You might find some will grow and thrive better than others, but it's a learning curve and a very enjoyable one. I've found that the whites can be a bit less floriferous, but I also find that they do better with more shade than some of the others. 

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 01/11/2017 at 12:32
Lyn says:

Just to warn folks, there is a Troll on the site, beware. I have reported to the Mods.

See original post

 Lyn - is it that Hilary one in another guise? ( gnome woman ) I reported her yesterday and she was bumped off. I felt she could be a 'returnee'  causing bother. 

Hosta - you're a martyr to the cause  

doc - Joyce's idea is good if you felt you couldn't trust anyone else. 1 or 2 at a time, and a day at a time  

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 01/11/2017 at 08:04

Morning all/afties Pat. Are you a bit weary today? 

Where on earth did October go? I must be getting old...it's all going too fast  

Bake Off was lovely. I think Prue's been an absolute delight the whole way through. I don't care if she slipped up - no one died. Is it really such a big deal for people if they know who wins before they watch it? 

As the comedienne Zoe Lyons once said -  as I get older ,  I care less and less about more and more!

Hope Hosta got back to sleep...

Is it so exciting chicky, that you named it twice?  Oh no - that's somewhere else isn't it?  

Have a great time when you're there  

Wet and manky here - that time of year though. We seem to have a weather warning for heavy rain. Not sure why that's really necessary. 

Better go and get myself  ready for t'mill. Catch you all later - have a good day all.

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