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Overwintering Cannas

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 16:57

Hi Liz, I leave the stems till they look done, and then just cut them right down to the base  


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 16:46

Hope you have a lovely birthday LP - all the best people are born in October  

Temps dipping noticeably as I came home from work - about 7 just now so might cover the car in case the forecast frost sweeps in. Perhaps my Canna will now believe it's no longer summer. Checked it the other day because of the wild weather, as I'd tucked it behind my screen after flowering. It has produced a large flower spike  

bizarre situation- what would you do?

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:37

Brilliant result for you. Enjoy all the extra space  

New garden ... design ideas needed!

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 08:10

Terrific plot to work with M&H, but I'd agree with Daintiness - you need to tackle the patio area first and especially the drop from the French doors. There are new regs in regard to the area immediately outside doors so perhaps that is all in the pipeline. We had a double height patio with young children though and it was never really a problem but it would be better if it could be all one level. A simple fence would be the easiest way of enclosing it and making it safe till children are able to negotiate steps down to the grass. I'd agree - wide shallow steps with low risers would be the best solution. You can use them for pots or large containers too, which means you could have something against the brick wall outside the doors.

A few pics of that end of the patio would be helpful so that we can get a better idea of the slope down to the grass. 


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 08:01

I hope so too Dove. Won't be heading out without a jacket anyway 

One extreme to the other - supposed to be cold and possible frosts tonight! 

Something to cover a pergola that doesn't drop flowers

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 07:56

You could try a couple of the nicer variegated ivies and once they're established and covering well enough, you could add a climber of your choice to grow over it. That way, you'd get the cover to prevent too much stuff landing on cars underneath, but you'd get some seasonal colour. For instance, a clematis growing up the front and back would look good if you have suitable ground to plant them into.

Sulphur Heart and Gloire de Marengo are both attractive ivies if you feel that's an option.


Posted: 28/10/2014 at 07:43

Morning. Won't say good - nothing remotely good about it today - utterly vile!

Lovely toms David - I'm down to the last few now.

Off for a quick look round before I go to work. Have a good day all if I don't catch up later 

Too big ideas?

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 19:40

I had a pond when my girls were young. It's really a question of vigilance and education but a simple fence till they're older is a good backup, or a grill placed on top if the pond isn't too big. You can leave a gap at a shallow entry/exit point for wildlife to get in and out. I moved again last year and I have put in a tiny pond - any pond benefits wildlife so if you can manage it, you'll find it worthwhile 

I'd agree with philippa - trying to cram too much in never really works but children don't stay small for long and you can adapt the garden as time goes by if you stay in that house. Work out what the most important things to you are, measure up the plot to scale, draw it up - doesn't have to be fancy -  and then play about with ideas over the winter. If you want to keep the existing paving etc draw them accurately on the plan first.


Posted: 26/10/2014 at 19:25

It is Forester. That one is 'Cygnet' but there's lots of them. It was in flower from April till September. I deadheaded and it's produced a few more flowers since. It has dark veining on the leaves which you can't really see in that pic. Great value plant and the bees love it too. I'm going to move it to a different part of the garden as the flowers are just a bit pinky for that bed. I'll split it first though. 

Anemone de Caen

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 19:13

I soaked my anemones before planting - I think that's the usual advice from bulb companies anyway. All the bulbs mentioned can be put in now. 

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