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Planting bulbs in December

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:49

I've been up in the greenhouse today potting up some bulbs I found in the shed - part of the collection I have every year of bulbs that get dug up during the year when I'm planting something else.  I pot them up in multipurpose compost with a little gravel on the top and pop them in spare corner in the garden.  If they have good flowers I place the pots where I can see them in the spring'  If I only get leaves then I feed them until the foliage dies down.  I'm often surprised by what comes up!

tlc to christmas cactus

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:42

Yes, and they don't like to be in a draft.  Any bits that fall off can just be poked back into the pot and will quickly root.  The word "cactus" gives it away though - it really doesn't need much water.  If the central part is really manky, Replant the good bits when its finished flowering.  I think it's unkillable.  I put the pots in the greenhouse for summer, but this year I've had nibbled leaves and just had to therow out a caterpillar for the birds!

To Everyone

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:31

Yes a Happy Christmas to you, too Grandmafixit - and I hope all of you lovely Grandma's are giving your grandchildren at least one garden oriented pressie.  Mine are all getting Amaryllis and will compete to see whose comes up first, whose is the tallest, who has the first open flower and whose falls over first!


Winter project

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:23

Charming and I love the way it continues to grow.

A friend of mine bought a "fairy" from the garden centre for each of her grandchildren, and they placed them around her garden.  Whenever they were coming to visit she move them into new locations so the children had to search for them and see "what they were up to" every visit.

Hidden Villages

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 16:35

my only complaint is that she spends so little time in each place....only just enough to whet your appetite then she's off afgain

Describes me pretty damn well

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 10:54

would need to substitute tea and cake for beer!

whats gong on?

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 10:52

It's not unusual to cut back tall growing roses by half to prevent wind rock over winter.  If the weather is warm enough there can be some growth which wil probably be killed off by the cold of winter.  New growth should appear again next spring.  Once that happens you cut back to the new growth buds. 

Clematis - well that's a minefield.  Lyn is right you need to know what kind of clematis first of all.  For the late flowered summer and autumn ones though, if you wait until the spring you can find growth all over last years whips and it feels somehow bad to be cutting off all those growing shoots, but of course if you don't cut back then you end up with a top heavy plant - bare at the bottom and all the flowers above you and out of sight!  I have cut mine down to about three feet now, and will review and correct next spring. 

Blooms in November

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 12:16

my Bill McKenzie finished ages ago but Freckles looks to be almost ready to flower.  It is growing up into a wisteria much to my OH's disgust because it upsets his pruning.  You have to look up into the flowers wghich are stunning against a blue winter sky.

This was taken a few years ago.

My Mahonia is also a mass of colour and much loved by the blue tits who eat the buds!  They can't eat them all because there are always lots of berried in the spring which the blackbirds love!


Blooms in November

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 18:27

that's gorgeous Salino and similar in style, if not in colour to my favourite Summer Wine which I have in the garden

 though it is a tad more frilly!

What is your most favourite garden that you visited?

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 10:05

I just love Hidcote - you move from one garden into another and it is just stunning in the variety of styles.  It is definitely a whole day out but the Cotswold country side round about is also beautiful.  It also has a well stock plant sales area of plants from the gardens.

Barnsdale of course has all the reminders of the programmes we allloved so much - Geoff Hamilton was a great gardener for creating things from what he had lying around, and growing from seeds and cuttings (none of the "dig it up and throw it away and buy two more from the GC stuff) - my kind of gardener.

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