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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:35

25 minutes before my fingers were so cold I could not feel them! just long enough to remove the dead leaves from a large clump of montbretia and cut back some michaelmas daisies (don't tell me - should have been done weeks - nay months ago) and then bury the remains of something that I think a fox had left in the garden - looked like a rabbits ear - the rest of the creature was there three days ago but had mercifully disappeared by today.  Oh and then take a canfull of water to the GH for all the pots of bulbs which are now growing, and plants which are overwintering.

now - off to Wyevale for some half price fatballs for the birds.

Regular contributers.

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 15:12

hooray to that meadowland. I don't think I've got to the point where anyone would notice if I wasn't here, but does it matter? like most others I just love my garden, love the help and ideas I get when needed and hope to offer help gleaned from many years of hit and miss gardening both here and in France.  I sometimes wish that people would attach an area or town to their profile though, as we all know that conditions vary enormously from place to place and what does well in one persons garden struggles to survive in another.

Seed Dormancy

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 13:12

you may need to check this out online as some trees have double dormancy - that is they need to periods of chilling to start into growth.  I'm rather gung ho about tree seeds - pot them up, top with grit and leave outside to get frosted over the winter (so now would be a good time).  I have had much success over the years by planting collected tree seed when it is fresh, when it often germinates quickly.  But if it doesn't leaving it outside over winter usually does the trick.

You can speed up the process with dry seed by soaking in warm water for a few hours and then putting your planted pot in the fridge to simulate winter.   It will depend on tree type however, so I reckon a bit of googling should get you a proper answer.

clearing borders

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 13:06

February is always the crucial month for me.  Everything starts into growth and then bitter weather kills it all off because it's too tender.  Existing foliage is OK though as it's had plenty of time to harden off.  I agree with Verd and TopB - leave well alone right now and only cut back really dead looking stuff (talking herbaceous here) - unless it has seed heads that the birds might enjoy.

Viburnum Fragrans

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 10:46

just been down the garden and see that mine now has flower buds - have a look at yours in the next day or two and see if anything is happening.  It had grown so vast that we decided to cut it back hard but left two or three tall branches as |I could not bear to be without the scent  this year.

Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 10:42

forgiver my ignorance Nut but what does the Hardy Plant Society do?

Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:44

I'm another Chiltern fan - mainly because they cover so many more varieties and unusual plants.  They also do a "bargain basement" which gives you a mixed bag of things you might never have thought of trying.

T & M, Unwins, Kings, Fothergills - seem as good as each other but more restricted choice of less common varieties.


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:38

What kind of tree was it?  If the needles just fall off just spread them round your acid loving plants, some of the  sturdier types will be harder to assimilate, and the branches will take forever to rot down.  I'd be inclined to use them to protect my seed beds when I start planting next year.

Viburnum Fragrans

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:27

perhaps it's time for some coaxing and encouraging words?

you didn't prune it did you? I think it flowers on last years growth - somebody will put me right if that's wrong!

Unknown invaders!

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:11

One year every time I took compost out of the sack I found crocus bulbs in it.  I can't believe the compost company packed it full of crocus bulbs so concluded that mice or squirrels had been hiding them away during the year waiting for the cold weather.

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