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deleting gardeners world account

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 21:31

Lovely j

deleting gardeners world account

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 21:25

Acesome wish i could do a yawny smiley.........

Autumn and what now?

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 21:05

Hi cia- all the annual plants that I have mentioned are easy to grow from seed. I sowed these plants earlier this year. I very rarely buy from garden centres etc and if I do they are always are on the reduced/rescue area. If you have a little time and some where with warmth/light/space you can grow from seed and it is so easy........ and cheap

I should add some patience as well

Daffodils suitable for heavy soil

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 20:52

I'm in a similiar  area Matt- and daffs are known here as tough ones that come up year after year, in fact all spring bulbs do! I do think the weather the year previous had a lot do with how daffs performed this year. I say this because an untended hedgerow close to me had about 50% less flowers this year  than they did the year before, a lot of them were blind.

Thanks kate, sounds like a small bag of grit will go a long way, especailly as you say it will add up over time. Where's the best place to get it from, at that price?

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.


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

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