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Greenhouses

Posted: 28/02/2016 at 12:13

Is there any way you can screen the site a bit?

I inherited by current greenhouse from a neighbour after he had lost the glass in two consecutive winters.  I sited mine in the angle between a side fence and a rear fence and have had no problems.

My daughter bought a polycarbonate one as she was concerned about broken glass and children, but she is in a windy site and we chased all over the garden to retrieve the panels which blew out.

If you can provide some shelter it would help.

 

 

 

 

Can I move plants this weekend

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 18:29

You don't say whereabouts you are.  I moved a lot of stuff this weekend - the soil is easily workable and full of worms and the frosts overnight clear quickly in the sunshine here.  It's getting a big rootball that is important with shrubs.

By the way, if you are moving roses be aware not to replant them where you've grown roses in the past, as they can suffer from rose sickness (unless you are prepared to remove tons of soil and replace with fresh).

Can I move plants this weekend

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 12:35

It's a great time to move perennials unless you are in the frozen north - split and replant and the soil is wet enough to settle them in without any more help.  Shrubs will move too, while they are still fairly dormant, though where I am everything thinks it's spring and is romping away.  Try to lift with a good root ball and disturb the roots as little as possible.

If the weather forecast is right, though, and we're in for ice and frost the ground will be too hard to do much.

Pots and Containers

Posted: 23/02/2016 at 12:26

slightly different tack - I needed large containers  for small shrubs and found big, square, black, rubbery plastic tubs in the builders merchants - intended for mixing cement I think.  They have a handle at either side so I have them on wheeled trolleys and can move them about as needed.

I've also used big green "muck tubs".  The beauty of these is that you can feed into them easily.  Don't forget to drill in some drainage holes though.  I usually place them round the edge, a little way up the side from the bottom so that I don't lose all the water I put in during a hot dry summer.

These are lighter to move around than pottery ones.

That said - the GC has some very nice ceramic pots in many colours and lavender likes to be dry - it also likes the sun!  Hydrangeas need lots of water and hellebores cope with daplled shade.

Hope that helps a bit.

A Gardener's Hands

Posted: 22/02/2016 at 10:37

I have very dry hands so I tend to wear Briars ripply-rubber gloves, but as you say, they have to come off for delicate work.  They've been a godsend as I am potting up plants for a sale at the moment.  Then it's Lidl handcream - absolutely the best I've ever used and it vanishes so doesn't leave your hands feeling greasy.  Probably the last thing I do every night, massage the handcream in and wave my hands around!

Iris flowering - is this a problem

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 15:47

Butterbear - I would plant them in a pot and keep sheltered (in a Green house if you have one) and just damp.  If they come up plant them where you want them - if they don't....the compost heap.  I plant anything I find regardless of whether it's the right time or not.  If they do flower at the wrong time, they will correct themselves the following year.

Iris flowering - is this a problem

Posted: 04/02/2016 at 09:51

A good place to see them en masse, if you are near enough, is in the winter garden walk at Anglesey Abbey.  Not sure when their snowdrop weeks are, but the iris arwe usually abundant at the same time.

Woodland species that can tolerate strong sunlight?

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 18:32

It certainly sounds impressive.  I shall look forward to seeing the pictures in the height of summer to see just what does like growing in this system. 

Good luck and keep us up to date please.

Another Vine Weevil warning

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 18:07

thanks for the reminder; I seem to have brought an infestation of some kind of greenfly in on one of my plants and that's spreading.....just found some little pest control pellets to pop in the soil so hope that;'s going to do the trick.

Oh no.....NOT AGAIN

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 18:01

you know they will be puny little specimens and they will arrive at the same time as the belated winter snow and frost so you'll not be able to do anything with them.  Be strong Verdun, delete the mail now and look at your own photo album of the fabulous things you grow without the suppliers help.

Now a chocolate biscuit will make everything all right again.

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