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What did you learn from your garden this year?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 11:18

Know exactly what you mean Joyce - my planting is largely self sufficient as I work full time and have other interests - as you know!  It means I'll eventually have time to mainly potter and footer with the odd thing now and again, rather than feeling pressured into constant pruning, staking and grafting out there. 

Don't think I'll have forty years' worth left though...  

Planting bulbs in acid soil (companion for rhodo)?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 11:14

The most important thing for most tulips is good drainage. My bog standard red and yellow tulips grow in anything, including wet clay, but the more fussy, fancy varieties we like to grow in our gardens need good soil, good drainage and sun. 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 10:50

Pat - that's a bit too much adventure for one day 

Glad you got back safely.

Dove - watch that knitting as well  

You'll have to join me in a few walks instead. You'll end up with thighs like Linford Christie though....

I managed to annihilate a wood pigeon on the road yesterday Hosta. He had a choice of directions to fly in as there was a car in the outside lane as well...he chose mine...

If he hadn't been so hefty he could have got off the ground quicker...

Tulips and bulbs advice ☺️

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 10:34

Your tulips were planted too late to flower this year, and in a pot they will do fine even if not planted deeply enough, but the ideal is as Hostafan describes. Leaving them lying around means they won't have had the chance to build themselves up well enough, but they might be ok next year. I'd replant them in fresh compost and a bit deeper than you've had them. Always leave the foliage to die back naturally as that's what feeds the bulb for it's display the following year. You can tuck the pots soemwhere out of sight when flowering's done - that's the handy thing about pots   

Tulips are slightly different from most other bulbs in that they don't continue to thrive year in year out unless you have perfect conditions for them. Many people use them as annuals as they often deteriorate after a couple of years.

What did you learn from your garden this year?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 10:25

Just what I was thinking Hosta. I could cite the home owning cretin across the road from me who cuts his tiny front lawn with a strimmer once a year and infests every other garden with his weeds until that point....

Whereas my dear Grandpa lived in a council house all his life, and tended his lovely little garden endlessly.

I've learned that I'm getting slower at creating my garden, but considering it was non existant three years ago, I haven't done too badly.

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Plume Moth

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 10:22

Fantastic pic - as always Sheps  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 10:16

Think the Peacharine is almost not worth the bother - they're kind of similar anyway!

 I wonder if the Plumcot will be more plummy - apricots are quite subtle. Will be interesting to hear what you think - once you have some fruit  

Took some pix before I left yesterday. The garden was all dewy and damp and autumnal  

Nice web and spider, taken through the little window in the screen

Still having to resize all the pix to below 2.5 MB, which is really annoying. I thought that had been sorted 

Plant for privacy in front of house

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 10:03

Acers are deciduous so you won't have year round privacy. The best idea is to have some evergreen shrubs. Many of those are fairly maintenance free - only requiring a bit of pruning now and again. 

You'll still have to wait a while till they get big enough to give you that privacy. There are plenty to choose from depending on the aspect and soil conditions - Eleagnus, Viburnum, Ilex (holly) Mahonia are just a few. Rhododendrons, Pieris and Camellia are fine if you don't have alkaline soil  

Last edited: 05 September 2016 10:04:25

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 09:39

Lovely Pat - had to Google Plumcot! Are the fruits good to eat?


Posted: 05/09/2016 at 09:08

Found this pic - you can just see the yarrow in the background - tailing off at that time of year. These wertaken in early October.  There's some Verbena Bonariensis in there at the back  too. That borderwas about 6 inches wide, although very deep.


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