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Autumn and what now?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 20:38

Great news about the Ivy- last year the blackbirds adored the berries, some are starting to form now.

I've been growing a lot of annuals with a long flowering peroid such as snapdragons, rudebekias, cosmos & scabious. Time will tell but these are meant to flower until oct depending on where you live. Saw a large butterfly on the rudebekias this morning and the snapdragons have provided a big hit with the bumblies........they love them.

I've seen bees on  the cyclamen which have a real long flowering peroid through out the autumn & winter. Early flowering spring bulbs seem to attract them as well, snowdrops & crocus

Daffodils suitable for heavy soil

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 20:09

Hello Sarah , I have heavy soil, overall my spring bulbs do reasonably well.

A year ago I bought a lot of different daff bulbs- spent a little bit of  money on some of themThe ones that did the best for me this Spring  were the cheap ones bought from Wilkos etc. This may have been down to the weather both at the time and the year previous.  I had a lot that came up blind or too early so the flowers were damaged.

All the bulbs are still in the ground so I'm hopeful to have a better show for the Spring.

Interesting advice kate- I begrudge spending too much money on the garden but £2.50 sounds like my sort of price. Just out of interest how much grit do you put in to the planting hole- some bits of my garden could always do with some more drainage.

Just my experience.......  I'm going to take some care about where to plant any new daff bulbs ( and there will be some) as when the flowers are over, you have to leave the leaves on them til they die down to feed the bulbs for flowering next year.

I love daffs, one of my favourite- but they can take a while to die down after flowering and look messy & scraggly whilst they are doing so.

Hardy Annuals

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 21:13

That was my feeling as well Kate, plant them out after the frost has gone. I have had  2 larkspurs in the garden this year grown from seed, have flowered very well but are now dying off.

 

Hardy Annuals

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 20:33

I struggle also with the hardy/half hardy  annual description. I have some small larkspur plants grown from seed, not really sure at the moment whether to plant them out at the end of October or just to over winter them.

WILDLIFE PICTURES

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 20:06

Thanks for the great photos, love the hogbox

Climbers advice please.

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 21:35

I inherited a clemais montana. My advice would be just let it be and let it die back naturally

.I wouldn't prune it now as it flowers on this year growth. Last year Monty on GW advised re Clemantis- if it flowers before June don't prune. Seems to work for this plant

What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 21:18

I generally have an approach that I expect a few  plants to get eaten. I only grow flowers so I try and grow them on til they hopefully they have a chance. Very occasionally I put down slug pellets just to give a plant a fighting chance. I did that with some Echinecias that I grew from seed and they have bounced back.

LIke the malt vinegar approach and have heard of the leopard slug, but don't know anything about them

 

UPLOADING PICTURES

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 20:58

Hope this is going to be fixed soon

Hardy Annuals

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 20:53

I know what you mean Gracie.I think a hardy annual means that it will survive a frost if it's roots are established.  I grow lots of Calendula, which are hardy annuals. I've had some plants that were grown from seed and flowered last year and still flowered this year. I will regrow from seed to replace them as I think they have just run out of steam now. I guess it depends on the climate and how harsh a winter we all have. Last year for me it was very mild which might explain why those plants survived.

That's my experience

Help

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 20:16

Welshonion, for what I know it was all a bit strange. She lives up a lane with a few houses around but no garden ponds, although there I'm sure there are some natural ditches close by. They just appeared, she said it was of almost bibilical amounts! They were so tiny they hopped under the doors. We just thought that they all lost sense of direction and just followed each other.

She had maybe 4 cats at the time, they didn't know what to do with them.

They were all released into the garden and it's never happened again

 

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