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How do you care for indoor plants during the winter?

Posted: 25/11/2017 at 15:59

Here's my answers Philippa : - 

No 1 - 2nd option

No 2 -  yes

No 3 - yes

No 4  - yes

No 5 - yes 

Have you any cocoa to warm me up?

That could have been another question - No 6 - what hot/cold drink would you prefer to remedy the situation re Question 5 ?

Winter species crocuses

Posted: 25/11/2017 at 15:35

Frost doesn't affect crocus - they come from all sorts of habitats including alpine conditions, so don't worry about that affecting growth, or the flowers 

As Philippa says - where you are and what your own climactic conditions are like will dictate a lot in the garden. Everything I grow will be several weeks later than where you are on the south coast, but even here, crocus will start poking through in December.

Most crocus flower from around February, but different varieties will cause a variation. If it's milder just now, lots of bulbs will have foliage growing, but as the temps get lower, most of those will slow down. I'm not a fan of these mixed plantings in pots, because you can end up with a lot of foliage from the previous flowering bulb obscuring the emerging flowers of the next one. You have to be quite careful about how you layer them, and usually two or three types is the maximum to ensure a decent display. 

Take photos through the flowering time, and see whcih bulbs are successful for you, and then you can always alter your plan next year to give the best display for your requirements. Be objective if you can, or ask someone else to give an opinion    

Strawberries from runners - How to keep them protected and fed in the garden over the winter?

Posted: 25/11/2017 at 13:00

What Dove says  

I've sometimes trimmed back roots poking through, and it's fine with something as tough as strawberries. I don't always have time to pot on, or more usually - as I don't have a potting shed or greenhouse - I can't be bothered standing out in the rain to do it!    

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 25/11/2017 at 12:01

The crisp and clean has vanished Obs. It's now grey skies with bits of sun inbetween, and rainy showers. Do you want them? I'll happily have sub zero if if there's a clear sky and a little sun. So much better than endless cold, bone chilling rain as is our norm.  

I like a curly terracotta roof tile. Take some pix 

Could have sent me the cake BL. We haven't made one. That's the 'royal we'. I passed the baton to older daughter some years ago. Probably better I don't have one - can easily eat an entire C'mas cake by myself 

Large pot of spiced, roast squash, sweet potato and various veg soup made. Will test it out for lunch 

Do you think Hosta snoozes in the sun? 

How do you care for indoor plants during the winter?

Posted: 25/11/2017 at 10:24
Hostafan1 says:

CHIGQ, you may consider them " useless words", but , unlike your post, they are grammatically correct.

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You did better then me Hosta. I couldn't even get to the end of the post as my brain couldn't cope with it!  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 25/11/2017 at 10:21

I'm intrigued by Iam's web photo, but it doesn't look like any spiderweb I've ever seen!

Took a few pix this morning as there was a little bit of sun glinting

Colour still there on the Spartina and Hackenochloa

The little pot of alpines has a few fungi in there too 

and despite the number of frosts we've had here, and the icy sleet, rain and snow, the pelargoniums I left out are still fine. Just proves that if less hardy plants are put in the right place - ie tucked in soemwhere, they can withstand quite a bit!

Strawberries from runners - How to keep them protected and fed in the garden over the winter?

Posted: 25/11/2017 at 10:06

Hi Aldo - strawbs are hardy so no need to worry. They can take anything the British winter throws at them 

If the plants are in small pots, just tuck them in somewhere sheltered for the time being. I often put plants in small pots in among my other shrubs in the border, but mainly against the house walls. That's more than enough protection. 

The red foliage is normal too. You can remove any dead stuff now and again, just to keep the plants 'clean'. No need to do anything else. When they start into proper grwoth in spring, you can repot as and when necessary, or get them out into their final positions if the ground and weather is suitable.

Last edited: 25 November 2017 10:06:32

Hayloft - Glorious Grasses Collection :(

Posted: 25/11/2017 at 10:00

I'd not let it lie with the company Tim. Unless they've clearly stated they might substitute plants, you have a right to a refund if they haven't supplied you with what they advertise as being in the collection. 

I believe people get a good response if they go on company's Facebook pages to complain. I've never done it so I don't know if that's correct. I think they dislike the negative attention though! 

Smart germination kit

Posted: 25/11/2017 at 09:57
Lyn says:

i object to ‘what is your age ‘ being the first question, why does that make a difference,

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 Yeh - as if we're going to tell the truth about that one Lyn  

and I agree - what is the point of that? Are we supposed to be better off if we're young, or better off if we're old? Completely irrelevant.

I've only ever done one survey nut. I can't see how they help anyone if they're from a uni or college in a different country either.


Posted: 25/11/2017 at 09:46

Buying pleached hedging will be very expensive.

I'd suggest your own original idea would be the best. solution Putting some posts in every six feet and attaching trellis above wall height - a couple of feet would be adequate. If you can do it on the outside of the wall, that would be better. Climbers will quickly cover it and it should be easy enough to find spots for them in among your other planting.  Adding shrubs of any kind would be difficult I think. You'd need to remove some of your other plants to get a decent enough planting hoile for them. They'd need quite a bit of pruning as well once they grow, or they'd take over and cover all your perennials. A hedge of any kind would also require trimming/pruning regularly, and access would be tricky on the garden side. 

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