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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 13:46

I've just trimmed back tradescantia that was threatening to take over the world, and now need to tackle the phygelius which has spread all over the place, but in an area where nothing else wants to grow, so I don't mind too much.  Then its planting out the five rooted rosenary cuttings - a nice rosemary hedge in the making, and clearing the dead leaves from the iris - they were spectacular this spring, so need to remove the dead bits and lift and replant the surplus.  I also have a lot of ornithogalum bulbs that I want to plant along a piece of wall where they can be seen to advantage next year..  Still enjoying the prolific flowering of tiny cyclamen - some deep pink, some a little paler - always a surprise when they reapear here, after the long, hot, dry summer.

Will my orchid flower again?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 13:32

There is so much advice - but as before, it depends on the type of orchid!  All of mine have ceramic or plastic pot covers.

Since my last post the spider orchid (orthontiglossum?) has been filled with heavily scented blooms, to my surprise as has the other one from Wyevale - both have softer leaves that flop out of the pot.- same treatment as the phalenopsis, watering once a week - I stand them in a washing up bowl and water from the top, allowing them to stand in the water for around an hour, than lifting out, draining and putting back in their pot covers.  The others seem to be producing new shoots, slowly.  Patience. is definitely needed, and my plants have not read the book! 

My son follows this procedure when I am away (for a month at a time) and he thinks they are the easiest plant he has ever looked after!

Books/reading material/guides

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 08:40

my christmas list is growing longer by the minute.....

Books/reading material/guides

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 20:17

I've just been diving into the RHS book "Pruning and Training" by Christopher Brickell - it is a mine of information and techniques, and more importantly "when" to tackle things.

I use the RHS Encyclopaedia of Plants and Flowers as a picture guide to recognition - it shows plants by size and  season of blooming.  I think it was quite expensive, but I got it for £1 as an introductory offer to a book club which I then didn't join!

And for sheer enjoyment, it has to be Christopher Lloyds correspondence with Beth Chatto - "Dear Friend"

Shrubs for birds' nests/cover

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 12:30

forgot to mention Mahonia Charity (or similar) - this is absolutely a must have in my garden.  The flowers are scented and loved by blue tits who fill the bush for a good feed, and then these are followed by berries which the blackbirds love - they bring their babies and teach them how to eat them.  I cut out the tallest branch each year to encourage it to make young growth lower down.

Shrubs for birds' nests/cover

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 15:24

We have goldfinches nesting in the wisteria trained on the house wall.


Hollies need a male and a female and the names can be deceptive - Silver King is female!  But the birds do love it, with or without berries.

Dying Dicentra

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 15:18

Leave the flower head on and it may self-seed.

Is this one of our stinging nettle plants???

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 15:14

Yes, the rampant stachys - the roots spread along just below the surface so to try to dig along the root to eradicate, otherwise you will end up with little plants popping up a short distance away from the original, and it will keep spreading, like butteercups do.

What to plug a hole in the garden with???

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 15:11

Ramblers can be very rampant - you'd end up not able to see out of the window!  If you want a climber you will need to put in wires above the window to train it along.  Have a think about it though - the thorns can be lethal,. and there is nothing there in the winter.  Clematis might be more amenable - the spring flowering ones are wonderful as early as Februray.  You'd need to add loads of compost and give some water in a hot summer.

Garden Centre Bargains

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:35

Bowl containing three good sized osteopremums for a £1 and a large argyranthemum marked down from 12.99 to £1.  I'm not complainging!

Is Jerre Schwarz an acer then?

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