Gardening Grandma

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MOB rants

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 08:53

Thanks Derek. It is a good idea, The problem is, in a small garden stuffed with plants, that there isn't really room to dig a hole big enough to bury the pots and even less room by the time one needs to dig them up because other plants are developing. I did think of having bulbs in pots only, but they just look so glorious naturalised in the borders with the hellebores. I guess I just want the best of all worlds - and that's not possible unless you have pots of cash!


Posted: 16/03/2013 at 08:33

  Did I understand you, Jatnikapyar? Did you say that seed should be sown on their side or they would not come up? That's a valuable piece of information, if so. Thanks.

which Rose

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 08:26

Thanks matt. I really meant, do you have to give it extra feed and water more often because it is in dry soil? Or isn't it? I put a largeish conifer in a pot near my summerhouse last year and over the winter it died, despite all the rain. I'd had it for years and realised that I had really miscalculated how much rain it would get. I water pots in the summer but not in winter.

Anyway, back to roses. There are some super-vigorous roses, which grow fast but also grow pretty large and you have to take this into acount when you plan where they will go. Careful thought is needed, especially about how they will be supported.

MOB rants

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 08:13

You've had a rich life, Frank. The wisdom of the past illuminates the present.

I had a lovely morning before the heavy rain started yesterday planting hellebores. Verdun stimulated my interest in them and I must say they look fabulous mixed with lots of little tete-a-tete daffodils. I love these but I'm just beginning to wonder how on earth I can plant new stuff in the autumn when the soil is full of their bulbs.

So  here's a new rant, as befits an MOB. (A number of people would now agree that this is what I am!) When God made bulbs why, oh why, did He not make them with a permanent tag? Didn't He realise gardeners would need to know where they are?

I haven't been struck dead so I think I can safely say that He has a sense of humour! He must have, since He created camels.( Apologies in advance if I have offended anyone. I have a deep love and respect for God.)

More seriously, I'd really like an answer to this problem with bulbs. I suppose markers in the soil, but there would be so many of them. I know bulbs can be replanted but there is such a risk of slicing them as you dig.

which Rose

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 07:49

How fabulous, Matt!    How do you manage the fact that it is so near the house wall?

Talkback: Garden seating areas

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 07:42

We bought an originally very expensive conservatory sofa and chair from a charity shop. it isn't meant for outside but we have it in our open-fronted summer house (really an ancient chicken shed clad in wood and decking) and take in the cushions in winter. The amount of ventilation and shelter keeps it OK (not perfect) and it is a fab place to have a cup of tea and gaze at the garden, especially on a cool day. We are sheltered from the view of the surrounding houses and it feels quite luxurious. I keep intending to spray it with paint in some pastel shade but so far have not bothered. 

Primulas gone to seed

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 07:31

Fascinating! Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Not sure of this is the right place for it, but I'd love to know more about your gardening experience.

which creepers for trellis

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 07:07

Good point, dave!

i have a shelf loaded with gardening books, probably because I'd rather read than work! however, it is so easy to look things up on the net that they are now hardly ever opened. All the info you need is out there.

It is true that different plants need different pruning, but unless you mix them up you won't have a long season of flowering. What is invaluable is a notebook, somthing I omitted to have in my earlier years of gardening and now really regret. If you keep a note of what you planted and where, together with maybe a note on the pruning and flowering seasons and eventual size, you'll be able to prune each. I also have things growing through each other, and sometimes have a problem deciding which should be pruned, It doesn't matter that much because the worst that can happen with most plants is that I lose some of this year's flowers. There's such a lot of enjoyment in learning about plants and how to nurture each one, and I still have a lot to learn. I really hope you have a lot of fun in the process.

MOB rants

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 21:36

It wasn't in my home, Tina. It was in the church across the road and took me two days to shop, prepare and cook. I enjoyed it because of the challenge involved in getting it all out there hot and fooling everyone into thinking that it was well-cooked. It was usually a roast dinner and other people would cook the puddings. Then I'd collapse for a couple of days and hypocritically receive congratulations from people.

Where is everybody from...

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 21:29

I'm from S Wales, too, Lovespoon. I have a smallish walled garden which I am attempting to fill to capacity with herbaceous perennials and climbers and get blossom for at least 11 months of the year, learning as I go. I'd love a big garden with a better outlook than just other houses, but I'm getting older, so maybe the one I have is enough for me. It is regularly trampled and pooed on by my two small dogs, which is a challenge.

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