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Wintering my plants

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 11:18

Think the 'easter bonnet' is a Nemesia which is a perennial, so it'll just die back. Snapdragons are annuals I think, so that will die off.

Fuschias can be either hardy or non hardy, so it depends which one you have. I think you can take cuttings from the non hardy types and overwinter them. I don't grow those but someone will advise about them. Hardy ones will just need tucked somewhere for the winter. Lavender's normally hardy, so just keep the pot somewhere sheltered as they don't like the worst of the wet winter weather.  If it's a small/young plant, it will suffer more than a larger specimen. In freezing cold spells, pots may need some fleece to prevent roots freezing, but it does depend on where you are in the country and what your climate is like there. You can group pots together to keep them protected, and pop them against a house wall. 

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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 11:02

Looking at one of the Luss hills Joyce. Still haven't visited them all. 

You won't regret it Wonks - that little pot of cheer, come February or so  

Tulip bulb planting protection

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 10:25

Rabbits are usually the biggest problem with tulips. They eat them as soon as they appear.

I've never had a problem with mice and tulips,  so can't comment on those, but squirrels don't normally dig deep enough to get them. Planting deeply will often help solve that anyway, but it also depends on the quality and maturity of the bulb, and the soil conditions. Are you sure all the bulbs were eaten? They may have rotted. 

They tend to diminish over a period of time too. I only ever plant them in pots as our soil is heavy and climate wet. They last a couple of years or so and I can mesh them if necessary. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 10:14

I love having a big pot of crocus Wonks. I've got Joan of Arc in a large pot which gets brought out in view for the end of winter.  The cream ones are lovely too. Bung 'em in and enjoy 

The fog's always tricky on hills - fine if there's a reasonable path and you get above it, but if it lingers, it's a real pain. Bad weather can sweep in very quickly and it can be frightening if you don't know what you're doing.  I don't need to be any kind of hero either   

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 09:34

We posted at the same time Wonks. Good to see you. Hope all is going well with the new job  

Walking tomorrow as there's lots of fog etc forecast for the hills and tomorrow looked a bit brighter where I want to go. Never mind your chips - I didn't get out last weekend and I've been a bit greedy myself this week....  

You've just reminded me - I meant to compliment B'man on his photos. I can't tell you how beautiful that area is. If the weather's right - it's among the most stunning in the world. my work colleague is up there just now as it's our school holiday week. Think she's been fairly lucky weather wise. Our countryside programme up here (Landward) ran a little viewer poll to nominate Scotland's best beach. The whole item was stunning. 

Knifophia Rooperi query

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 09:24

I succumbed at the nursery yesterday and bought Mango Popsicle for my new border. They were all still flowering there which makes it easier to see the colour. Everything is later up here anyway. I still have Acteas throwing up new flower spikes and white Jap Anemones in flower.

Nice combination there Andy. Should be even better next year, as you say  

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 09:18

Morning all - it is still morning isn't it? I seem to have slept for Britain....

There seems to have been a frost here - it's only three degrees now - but I've managed to miss that! Sun's up now and it's looking fair.

You've been very productive Pat. I hate doing that sort of job. 

What a lovely present chicky. I thought it was a gorgeous tree. I love all rowans, especially our native one, but that was particularly beautiful. 

I now have quite a lot of large pots crying out for some more bulbs or something Clari....I think it will be more sweet peas though. Glad the end is in sight a little bit with your building work. Once the 'shell' is there it goes along quickly. I've done so much work in various houses over the years and it gets quite soul destroying. Nice when you start getting new floors and wallpaper and paint going in  

Time for another cuppa now that the washing's on and the birds are fed. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 19:50

A very large cake-in T'bird. I need to keep my strength up....

Anniversary of National and Family Tragedy

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 19:11

How sad for you oakridge/Malcolm. These anniversaries are desperately hard for people to deal with when there's such a direct link. 

I had just turned nine when it happened but I remember it vividly. I can still see my Mum's face and her anguish. I felt quite emotional at work when I explained it to a girl there who's much younger than me, and also speaking to my daughters about it. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 19:01

Evening all. Been outside till six o clock, planting some bulbs that jumped into the big trolley at the nursery... along with an orange Kniphofia and an orange Crocosmia.. I only went  for the Black Magic Rhodie that I wanted for the end of the new border....

Also been doing a bit of lifting,  but not quite on Hosta's scale. Brilliant job! Great bargains too. 

Had a  really nice moment though - the new couple who've just moved in were out for a walk with their toddler, and the chap was very complimentary about the garden and wanted to get some tips for his. Nice to have a compliment. 

Good to see you T'bird - was wondering where you'd gone. I was 27 again last week too but I'm trying to forget birthdays now - next year is rather a big one....

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