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Autumn colour

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 14:54

A few of the new plants for my new borders. The oak leaf Hydrangea's looking good with it's rusty colours. The hosta on the left is one I rescued and is about to flower too.



broken Sambuca

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 13:22

Not sure I'd bother trying with cuttings mike but if the material looks viable, cut pieces about 6" long just below a leaf joint, remove the lower leaves and pop them round the edge of pots of gritty compost, water in and cover with a poly bag and put in a sheltered spot out of direct sun, or in a cold frame if you have one. If the remaining leaves are big cut them in half as there would be too much foliage for the cutting to support. If you get some new growth in a few weeks time then you're fine. 

It's infuriating when these things happen- it's why I've enclosed my entire garden with a new fence and I'm putting a blackthorn hedge round the boundary this winter!


Posted: 15/09/2013 at 13:04

MrsG- just deadhead and tidy the violas up and they'll be back next year! I love violas. In mild winters they can flower on and off throughout. Remove the moss and weeds (on any pots you're keeping) and refresh with some new stuff to tidy it up.  I top dress all my pots with grit or gravel to keep them neat too. If you're putting new bulbs into pots you've removed plants from you can keep some of the compost and just top it up but I'd only do that if the pots are big. If small, put completely new in and put the old compost in beds or borders or into the compost bin.

Phormium sundowner

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 12:54

Quite common with phormiums MrsG. The leaves gradually change to the same colour as the rest. I've got quite a few yellow/green varieties and the new leaves start off green and then gradually get the variegation.

fallen leaves

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 12:36

I've always collected mine and put them in a purpose built container as they rot down more slowly than other stuff in a compost bin and  leaf mould makes a lovely mulch.  If you don't have a separate container you can shred them first- even with a lawnmower- before adding them to a compost bin which gets them going more quickly. If your method works for you is there a particular reason why you want to do it differently?

Over wintering

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 12:29

If you group them together in the shelter of the house wall (or similar) they should be fine jatnik. The big danger is roots freezing so fleece round the pots if there's severe prolonged cold forecast will help prevent that. 

Camellia - yellow leaves

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 10:58

I'd have thought wait if they look fine just now chick - it may be a waste if they're not really needing it.  It's not a problem we usually have in Scotland - the climate and soil suit Camellias so well so I'm not really qualified to answer! We have a lot of rain so they don't often need extra watering, but our tapwater is usually fine for them too. 

Cuttings from sedum "autumn joy"

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 10:37

I break bits off and stick them in pots of gritty compost almost any time chick. They're one of the easiest plants to take from. My older daughter could do them when she was about 6 or 7 adn was thrilled that they grew so easily.  I often just break bits off and put them straight in the ground- which reminds me- I did that earlier this year so I'll need to get them moved as they're in the bed that's getting cleared! 


Posted: 15/09/2013 at 10:31

Morning all- though very little good about it looking out the window- certainly not scorchio!

Glad I got my gate moved and fence reinstated yesterday. It'll have to wait for another day to get the rest of the painting done.

Re poisonous plants- you're so right Dove. My girls knew at a young age they couldn't eat anything in the garden unless I told them it was edible and they were always supervised. I do think people can make an issue of it though if they go a bit overboard. We grew up with a Laburnum in the front garden and I would never have dreamt of eating anything from it, but my Mum went on constantly about the seed pods being poisonous and it made me curious about them! Never ate any though I hasten  to add.

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 10:00

jeannie- all my stunts are cunning...

and in the best possible taste....

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