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Coldframes in winter

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 07:55

Same as nut, but also take time to consider where you site your frame as well.  

Your own weather conditions will dictate too - facing the full blast of incoming wind and rain is less than ideal!  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 21:13

I'm not in the habit of 'throwing' anything together actually....

That hellebore flowers right through summer.  It likes our cold wet summers. Hardly ever stops flowering - it's almost invasive. 

My Hack doesn't have too many flowers yet, Verd, but it's still a young plant compared to yours.  It's very happy in that damper raised bed with the clematis and narcissus. I have a white hellebore in with it too which is doing well, so I might get a couple more for there. The oak leaf Hydrangea is happier now that it's in it's new bed next to them too, with a little white geranium my sister gave me. I've just put some bulbs in there for spring as well. 

Lovely - as always Berghill. Don't know how you're not worn out - permanently!  I love the effect of the lower, autumn sun on foliage and flowers. You've got some good crops of fruit too  


autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 18:36

Hi Claire - they need pinching out and putting in the cold frame. 

Sweet peas are hardy, so you'd have been better sowing them and putting the frame from the start. The house will have been too warm, causing them to shoot up and look for light, hence the spindly tall growth. Don't worry, nip them back a bit just now, and as they form more leaves,  pinch them out to create strong bushy plants. They'll gradually slow down a bit as the colder weather comes in too. If they've been inside for a while, put them outside through the day for a week or so, then leave them in the cold frame, opening it regularly to give plenty of ventilation. It's only the worst of winter rain that creates a problem for young plants, so once they're in the frame, they'll be fine.

Night-time creature digging up lawns/plants/bulbs

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:57

Joyce - I have lots of them in one of the raised beds, but the little blighters have been in at them already  

I planted a load of them in a big pot last year, and put netting on them. I've just planted them out in the new border and put mesh in to foil them. The water scarecrow gives them a fright too  

Plant location

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:52

Exposure can be more of an issue than the aspect alone, so what else do you have there, and what else is around you? Wind will cause a lot of damage - often more than sun or cold temperatures. Heavy rain is another if the soil is heavy and the plants you've had are unsuited to those conditions.

As philippa says, have a look at neighbouring gardens to give you a few pointers too.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:47

I totally agree with you obelixx - there are people who have never contributed in any way for most of their lives, but expect everything handed to them. It always made me angry that my parents paid a fortune in rates, simply because they had worked their a**es off all their lives and owned their house, yet some lazy b***ers could do nowt, while claiming everything they could and getting every benefit going, and then go on holiday umpteen times a year, run cars, have massive TVs ...the list goes on. Oh, and when they're too old to stay in 'their' home, they get care provided for them, while my parents would have had to sell up to pay for their care.  Makes you wonder who the mugs are....

I work with someone who has a family like that  

DD - how kind of the chap to do that for nothing. Did you flutter your eyelashes at him? ....

Good luck with your offer. I'm sure they'll be delighted to get it. You're such a positive person in the face of all the angst you've had to deal with, so I'll be crossing my fingers and toes for you  

planting a woodland area

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:38

Don't worry too much  about plants like Euphorbia, David. It's a common query on the forum, but the reality is that many plants are technically 'dangerous'. A lot of people are becoming increasingly nervous about what they have in their gardens, which is a great pity. Ponds are another source of anguish, yet thousands of us have grown up with them - my own children included. 

Mine also grew up with all sorts of plants which are considered unsafe, but they were taught about them, and weren't allowed to pick things or cut them etc unless they asked first. It's largely about common sense and education, and of course, young children shouldn't be unsupervised in any garden for any length of time. Fen's Ruby is tiny - a little ground cover plant. I'd be surprised if children were ever attracted to it!  If you're still unsure, then don't worry, there are plenty of other things you can use. 

You may find that if you're putting back a lot of trees that it'll limit what you plant, as the ground could be quite dry. Vinca (periwinkle) will do well once established, Hostas are the same, and you could also try sowing seed like some of the 'cow parsley copies'  -Ammi Majus - for a froth of white. 

End of October too late for grass seed?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:20

It might be slower to germinate if you're in Yorkshire   

If I needed to sort a lawn, I'd now wait till spring, as the temps are too unreliable even through the day, unless I could cover it with plastic for some protection and warmth till it came through. You might get away with it, depending on your location and how the weather is in the next couple of weeks. If it rains heavily and turns cold it'll rot rather than germinate. Do you feel lucky, stannie?....

planting a woodland area

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:12

You'll get plenty of suggestions David 

How big is the area? 

One thing that would be good to get in now is the white anemone -  Anemone Nemerosa, which grows naturally in woodland. There are lots of bulbs which will naturalise there to , including daffs and narcissus. You can get those easily online from many of the bulb specialists like Peter Nyssen. 

The usual suspects like ferns will be ideal, and the hardy geraniums will also grow there - loads of varieties to choose from, and readily available.  Some of the little Euphorbias like Fen's Ruby will also be fine there. 

Hope that gives you a start anyway. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 17:06

Those are lovely pix BL. I've been to Italy a few times and would love to go back one day. 

The hills I was at on Sunday are at the other end of the loch from Taynuilt. Glen Etive is a classic area for mountains and views. Unfortunately, many of the people driving down it don't seem to understand the meaning of the words 'passing place'....

aym - May is a good time to visit Scotland, but also September or October. We often get better weather then than we do in the summer months. The south of Scotland is vastly different from further north though. If you want proper scenery, you need to get beyond the central belt - either up the west coast - Loch Lomond/The Trossachs/ Fort WIlliam, then up to Torridon and beyond (the best side ) or in the north east/ Cairngorms area and Braemar/Ballater/Aboyne. If you went in the winter, you'd get plenty of snow and views, even at lower level. You'd be just over two hours drive from the border to get to beautiful Loch Lomond  

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