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Latest posts by frensclan

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 16:50

Hi all, up here in Cumbria we have had two sucessive days of sunshine which has nearly resulted in my having to have a lie down. Very hard frost this morning though and I was relieved to find I had not lost my pot plants. they have gone in the shed this afternoon though. Sadly back to the almost constant rain tomorrow so nothing new there then

chocolate cosmos

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 16:47

I have just checked and it says to lift dry and store it like a dahlia so once it has stopped flowering I will so this presumably in compost. I might try to get some seed to save first though

chocolate cosmos

Posted: 09/10/2012 at 16:42

I have just got one of these and have potted it on into a bigger pot and watered it. Once the flowers have done I was going to keep the pot in a frost free workshop outside with light but under the bench? Just hoping for the best thereafter. My son bought one from Gardeners World a few years ago and found it did not survive out in his garden in the midlands but  you never know, cold ,wet and windy Cumbria might get away with it. Hope so as the colour is fabulous. I will try taking seed and re-sowing next year. I  must look to see if there is anything on this site that advises.

Growing blueberries

Posted: 05/10/2012 at 18:26

I  have done the same as above. bought in pots of the correct compost and planted out into bigger hole (in very heavy and wet clay I might add) filled with ericaceous compost and left to get on with it. I top dress once a year with the same compost and even in the pond that is my garden this year they have fared well. They are tucked into my least windy corner and managed to give me a reasonable crop in their first year. I am planting new ones out in a more exposed site so will also be giving them a bit of a windbreak to help them along. Green netting for cheapness and if late frosts are expected some fleece also I think.

Free guide for native pond and bog garden plants

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 17:03

I picked up a reference to this little guide on another post last week. It is called "Keeping ponds and aquaria without harmful invasive plants" A bit of a long winded title but very descriptive of content. Available free from Plantlife in conjunction with RHS and after I emailed them (Plantlife)  it arrived about a week later. We have just built a pond and have lots of soggy land  and I have been overwhelmed with info on the internet so this little booklet was just what I  needed to focus me on the task in hand which is planting a smallish  wildlife pond with native plants.

Hedge Ideas

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 16:07

I have been looking at the very same thing and have found a site that offers a wide range of hedging and am plumping for lonicera nidida as I want a low short affair but in my old cottage in a similar position I planted a mixed beech at the front and  native mix at the back  that worked very well for wildlife. They have such a mix and it might be worth taking a look . I will try to put in the link!! Of course there are many nurserys offering such a mix and I got my old one from a local source,

Climbers for wet areas

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 15:10

Thanks for that, I have already made a bit of a raised bed in the hope that it might help. the pyracantha sounds a good idea but I will have a look at the above as well. The garden is a nightmare as it seems permanently saturated if not under water ( heavy clay) Drainage is not practical we have been told ;so everything is being constructed above ground level like decks and raised beds. I have just gone ahead and planted to see what will go and have been rewarded with a wonderful display of sweet peas and lots of different types of beans despite the almost constant rain up here in the north west.

Climbers for wet areas

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 20:36

Has anyone any ideas for climbers or any plant that would cover a 3' high by 6' wide trellis on the edge of my bog garden. I need it to give me some privacy from bothersome neighbours (not too near but in my line of sight without some barrier)  and also to cut down the wind round my seating and wildlife pool area; but the ground seems to be permanently wet to wetish? I have been on the Internet but have come up with zilch.


Posted: 22/08/2012 at 18:38

Mine arrived today and I have potted them on with regular compost. I used cardboard toilet roll inners cut in half and set in a seed tray. Filled them with the compost and popped a little plug into each on. just the right size for now, watered and in the cold frame till they need potting on again.

Something for a windy corridor

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 23:33

I have just planted an evergreen Euonymous in just such a situation. We live in a really windy location and have a six foot corridor between our house and next doors garage through which the wind fairly whistles.The soil is dreadful but so far so good and although the shrub bends with the wind and leans away a little it is doing well. I am reliably informed by my local nurseryman that I will be able to control its growth with clipping to keep the path clear.

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