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May In Your Garden

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 15:54

Just discovered today -

1. my evergreen ceanothus, all of which looked dead as dormice, have broken new shoots from 3 cm thick wood near the base - bang goes one theory.

2. My bay shrubs, 6 feet tall and with every leaf a crispy brown, were getting the heave ho and being cut down to ground level before digging them out, only to find that they are all rpoducing tiny red buds close to ground level.

3. My dahlias, left in the ground over winter, were presumed dead, and I was planting out replacements that I have been growing in pots, when I discovered that every one of them has survived and is sprouting new shoots.  Now I have nowhere for the replacements to go. 

In Lincolnshire last winter we  had several nights of 12 C, in two spells. Live and learn!


Purple foliage plants for shade?

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 20:20

And a good thing about heucheras is that they are evergreen (or ever purple!). Funny thing - OH was admiring a H Citronelle in our local garden centre just yesterday. 

Be aware  that they need dividing every three years or so, as they cradulaly rise above soil level on thick woody stems. Take pieces from the edge, chuck the middle bit, and you shoudl get four or five young healthy ones.

And watch out for vine weevil larvae, which love heucheras.  I water my best ones twice a year with Provado Vine Weevil Killer as a protective measure. If you see one looking poorly, treat these pests as No 1 suspect. Lift and inspect the roots. If you spot it soon enough and treat the roots with provado and repot, you can save them and they will soon recover. 

Why grow organic?

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 12:39

My understanding is that  particular section is about problem solving, in the sense of solving fellow boarders' gardening problems, rather than address wider ethical issues such as organic gardening vs. non-organic. I was assuming from your message title that you wanted to know whether organic gardening was really beneficial, for health for example, or for protecting beneficial insects for the garden. So I clicked on it to offer some advice, only to find that I was being given a rather wordy lecture.  Your message came across as a party political article on behalf of an organisation. I admire organic gardeners, and try where possible to be organic, though sometimes  I adopt non-organic measures for difficult problems, so my criticism is not about the principle, just about using this forum to deliver a message such as yours.

And I also wondered if there was a commercial motive. Your user name is organicgrowshop, and you gave a link to your website. I don't think Gardeners World  approves of the site being used for commercial gain. otherwise we could soon see postings about the benefits of all sorts of products and services under the cynical guise of giving advice. (not saying your posting was in any way cynical, though!)

Oak Tree Planting

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 12:06

An oak tree needs plenty of room. Not a garden tree really. If you are planning to plant it away from your home, say in parkland, then do think about whether you will be able to water it if we have a couple of months of hot, dry summer weather. 


Posted: 06/05/2012 at 12:03

It's been forced under cover, so it has flowered early and produced soft green growth that is not ready for our spring weather.  

It really annoys be that you find wonderful looking plants for sale in early spring, such as hellerborus niger with  flowers on tall 6" stems, and you think they must be a new strain. when they flower the following spring they are just like ordinary Christmas roses. It's deceitful trickery by the horticultural trade.  

Why grow organic?

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 11:57

Not what this board is about! 

moving established plants

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 11:49

Best time to move them is in early autumn, when they are putting on a spurt of root growth while not doing anything above ground. If you move them now the roots won't be anything like as active and with summer coming it's not such a good time for getting a quick foothold. But, if you have to, move them now. They will be ok, but won't be as vigorous next spring, and may flower less. 


Posted: 02/05/2012 at 20:29

I love my Mantis. It won't dig deep into heavy ground, or break up large lumps of claggy clay, but it will do the job on loamy / sandy soil without needing to dig first. It's great for preparing 'a fine tilth' and for working in manure / garden compost. It's light and reliable, starting first time after nearly a year. 

savingfrost damaged old roses

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 20:22

More like 'lose some, don't lose some'. But you have to be philosphical when it comes to nature. 

Is this really a Magnolia Red Lucky?

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 20:19

And you get to keep the first one???

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