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Gentle advice ... for an old newbie.

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 17:07

Because as they rot down they can reduce the levels of nitrogen in the soil beneath. 

In my case I have used them as far too much bare soil around here for my liking, but I do feed the plants at planting time plus am trying to do annually here. I've inherited  impoverished soil with this garden so any mulch is better than none.

To cut back or not?

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 12:24

Agree with Verdun. 

My avatar is my original plant at old house, taken one frosty December day. Here have several babies from it, but plan to propagate from those this yr. J.

New Year's Day 2016 Flower Count

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 12:20

Well here's mine....

calendulas, cyclamen, erysimum, polyanthus, viburnum- bodnantse & burkwoodii, Welsh poppies, pansies/violas, both, wallflowers, hellebore Niger & orientalis, heucheras, bergenias.

spotted up lane yesterday...brunnera plus some type of cow parsley!! J.

New Year's Day 2016 Flower Count

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 19:46
punkdoc wrote (see)

Oh for the days of excess Nut. I will be lucky if I am still awake at midnight.

Oh so true!

I've kept notes from my previous garden for a good many yrs, but this will only be our 2cnd yr here.

We've only had 1 proper, if slight, frost even up here so far, but I suspect tonight could change that. I have also cut down stuff, whoops, to save on the work in the NY. J.


Gentle advice ... for an old newbie.

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 19:35

You are never going to lose the memories, but it is sensible to try to simplify things, for easier maintenace.

It doesnt have to be picture perfect, though we'd all like that sometimes, just reflect your taste. Grow dahlias, but yes in pots may be easier. You already have a love of roses & know what you like.

Mulching although an effort initially works wonders to improve, maintain the soil & suppress the inevitable weeds. BTW new bark chippings direct on beds not adviseable- they need to be rotted down a bit first, or used on paths or in a wooded area which is less planted.

Lots of plants already mentioned are almost no maintenance, nothing really is, but by careful research-  ask on here- you can make a more informed choice.

Gardening can be a form of therapy IME, but once the bug bites.... J.

3 things..

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 10:48

dahlias are coming to the end of their season too, once they get blackened by the frost cut them back and lift the tubers for planting next year. they are prob being eaten by slugs or snails, not much pint doing anything about them now, just remember next year that they are slug/snail edible

Try & store the tubers dry & frost free. I just use some new MP compost & flower buckets which I shove under a bench in the hallway/plant room, but a porch or spare bedroom would also do.

IME sheds arent usually frost free, nor un insulated coldframes, but in 012, which was also slug heaven, I just put mine into spare pots, in the old compost, unwrapped, & chucked whole into a coldframe..& they survived!"!

BTW label them!! I didnt that yr & had no idea which was which until they really grew the next yr! J.



Overgrown hebe

Posted: 14/09/2015 at 10:36

If you'd not already done the deed I'd have advised wait until early May, depending on whereabouts in UK you are...but now if there's absolutely no sign of any new low growth low down, then yep, enjoy (!) the workout involved in getting it out! Good luck, J.

Will my white hydrangea stay white?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 17:40

I have H. Pinky Winky which is paniculata type. It certainly wasnt pink early on this season, but def is now.

I too fancy H. Annabelle as that always sems to stay white, J.

cutting from a Hebe

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 17:31

Forgot to say...after cutting beneath a node remove, preferably with a sharp knife, not fingers.... some of the lower leaves. When you shove the cutting into compost I tend to go in to the next set of leaves, J.

cutting from a Hebe

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 17:18

They're pretty easy to do/take IME, but you may find that it could be getting too cool for success now, but certainly worth trying.

Try & get a non flowering shoot...if not poss snip off the flower. Cut cleanly beneath a node, dip into hormone rooting powder/liquid, shake off the excess & push cutting around the edge of a pot filled with say cutting/seed compost, but any MP should be fine too.

Take several more cuttings & I'd also use a plastic bag over the whole using an elastic band to secure. Oh & label pot too.

Water pot & put the whole into a coldframe, if you've got one, or say beneath a piece of glass leaning against a part shade wall & forget about it!

Come next Spring I'd investigate- remove the covering bag. You'll now need to watch re water needs...As the weather warms up any new growth should be obvious.

If it's failed, try again early summer when success should be easier. Good luck, J.

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