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"Ruby Slippers Oak Leaf Hydrangea

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 19:47

Nice Peggy.

I have two of the white ones. The foliage in autumn is gorgeous


Cold spell coming up... Which of these need protecting?

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 19:39

Strawberries are hardy, mine are outside in everything the weather throws at them all year round. They'll survive anything! I don't grow onions but I wouldn't have thought they'll be a problem. Blossom on young fruit trees can be protected with a cover of any kind that's suitable, if you're really worried, but my apple trees are fine and we've already had at least  two frosts in the last  week. 

Raspberries etc are hardy, so I'd reckon you only need to bother with the seedlings - put them somewhere sheltered - against a house wall for instance.  If you don't have fleece - use bubble wrap or an old blanket or similar. Even the shelter of other shrubs or a garden table/bench will do.

Plants that are grown a bit 'harder' willl withstand fluctuating temps and conditions far better than those which are too cossetted.  

Impending frost...

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 19:31

Same here nut - if they die, they die!

We often have winter weather right through till May here - even at lower levels - so I don't grow things that need a lot of cossetting. We've had several frosts in the last few days. A reasonably hardy annual  - even a small one - won't bother about  that. 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 19:25

Fourth Hosta - yes. It's our main topic at work when it's on. We've all watched it over and over again!   

Help...First Garden, Not Healthy! :(

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 18:11

Have you any photos? Sometimes it's hard to be helpful without seeing exactly what's been done. Often people wonder why plants aren't doing well and we offer advice based on the assumption that correct procedures have been followed for planting. A photo gets posted and we then see that twenty plants are in a space thta's only suitable for two, or they're under conifers, or in a bog etc etc!  

As pansyface says - it's early days for new growth on young plants and shrubs. Some of the plants you mention - lavender, thyme and the curry plant - are all things that need a bit of warmth to get going, and excess feed at the worng timeof year is not only a waste, but can be counter productive. 

Allium Leaves

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At least they're getting more inventive with their cr*p...

I have most of my alliums among other plants, so it's less of an issue, but I would think if you cut them off ( as suggested by the RHS lady ) you'd have to make sure to feed them regularly. I might experiment with some of mine!

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 18:00

I'd thoroughly recommend going back and watching L of D from the very beginning. You'll find it easier to make sense of lots of it  

- and the critical 'event' in the first series leading to the missing body (which was referred to later last night ) is a real shocker when it happens! 

We've had a couple of little flurries of snow showers here, but I think it's heading east so we should miss it. Darn diddly darn chilly though. 

Bit frustrating for you Hosta. Hope you don't have too many more incidents. 

Damaged Acer

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:52

Bit of shock probably. Ladybird's advice is good DYL, and I'd also add that you need to keep it well watered. Your ground looks very dry there. Often, lack of water in spring is what leads to leaf tips drying out - even more than a cold, drying wind does. 

It's quite a decent sized plant, so it can be a little harder to establish in a new site, and the conditions probably haven't been the best for you unfortunately.  It'll be fine though. 


Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:46

If they're in pots - just follow the above advice and then tuck them somewhere out of the way for next spring   

John innes no 1

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 17:45

Lyn - it's clear that some people have a lot of time on their hands isn't it? 

Or perhaps she (I'm sure it's a she) is supposed to be working....while endlessly typing. Wonder if the boss is watching?  

Clearly not.....

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