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Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 10:15

My feet do enough damage Dove - and they're not even that big....

Those iris are nice and bright - I don't really like the blue ones as they're usually a bit pale for me (and I don't like blue )  but they look quite strong coloured. Or is the camera?  

Minus 20 - or more for the irises I believe.  

Sweet Peas

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 10:10

They're hardy E. Boy, but as you've been growing them undercover for ages, you'll need to harden them off a bit. Ideally you would have kept pinching them out over winter as they grew, which makes them bushy and stronger, and better able to withstand any hungry molluscs.

It's also the reason why it's best to use seed compost for early sowing in autumn, as ordinary MP is too rich and encourages a lot of growth, leading to plants getting big and soft too early. 

You could pot them on - 2 or 3 into a 7 inch pot or similar, and then plant the whole pot when you've hardened them off. Getting them outside will slow the growth down, but take a little time to do it - out through the day and in at night for a few days. Keep them sheltered from rough, wet  weather as well - that does more harm than cold  

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Raised beds - best method of construction?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 10:00

Assuming the fence is yours and is substantial, you could use a metal corner bracket to connect them to the fence, but I'd agree with Kitty - there's no need if you're using sleepers to that height.

I'm also assuming you're laying them on top of each other so it would only be a couple of sleepers high. If you arrange them 'brick style' at the corners so that they overlap, there's no need for any corner posts either You could lay them directly on top of each other without the overlap, so you'd have a gap at the corners. If you do that, a small corner post (some 2"x2") will keep them neat and tidy and prevent soil and water loss there. You wouldn't need to concrete them in though, as it would simply do the same job as the corner brackets.  

Please help - fence disaster!

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 09:39

It does look slightly different now - can't see much of it for all the planting  

- and the shed's in there too. 

It gives total privacy and withstands high winds without any issue. All the fences in adjacent gardens made of larchlap panels have to be repaired every winter - often several times - and they're more sheltered than mine.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 09:12

Brilliant Pat 

Hope they haven't trampled too much though....

Jacqueline - those bulbs are completely hardy - no need for any protection. The Irises are native to the Caucasus etc,  and crocus will grow at alpine level.   Wind and rain will do more damage  than cold as it batters them. You can save yourself a lot of work  

Buying cyclamen coum

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 08:55

I should have added that coum usually doesn't last long up here. The cold and  wet probably doesn't help right enough, but even in a sheltered spot they don't do that well. I've treated them more as  an annual in the past.

I wouldn't buy them out of choice now as there are other, easier plants for this time of year 

Buying cyclamen coum

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 08:46

Like B'cupdays - never anywhere terribly dry here - even under large conifers! 

I had some white cyclamen hederifolium round the corner but I haven't bought any for this garden - yet . They would fit in well   


Posted: 25/02/2017 at 08:41

Been perusing the clematis sites as I need 'a few'.

I need them, you understand - not just want them....

They're vital....

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 08:28

Clari - I thought you weren't having any more issues with your wages? P*ss poor  

You'll run screaming if anyone suggests building a feature brick wall in the garden now!

Pat - looking forward to the pix

I was wondering about B'man too - also DD. She usually pops in and out but I haven't seen her recently. Has Lesley been about too? I wasn't sure if she was down  at her parents. 

Stinker of a day isn't it Joyce? Even the coal tits have galoshes and waterproofs on....

Buying cyclamen coum

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 08:20

Coum is usually  better in damper ground, but should be fine once established. You'd probably be better buying as a plant if available now, as it might be easier to get going, as opposed to bulbs later in the year. Hederifolium might be better for the site you have, but it's really a question of getting the soil right and choosing appropriately.

Is there a reason why you don't think it's better to buy now? You can see the flower colour which is always a bonus  

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