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Saving my hydrangea

Posted: 08/12/2017 at 20:57

Don't worry about your Hydrangea in winter if you're anywhere in the UK.

As has been previously said, they're pretty hardy. I would certainly repot it now so long as it's not frozen and give it as large a container as you can.  I've had one of the Black Steel species growing for a few years now and yes, the stems are great, the flowers are as well. It gets cut back in early springtime and mine will grow about a 100cm or more most years. I grow mine in a large container and top dress every year and give it the odd feed of tomato food when I'm watering during the summer. Good luck.

Keeping plants warm in winter

Posted: 02/11/2017 at 10:42
Borderline says:

There is no straight answer about when to start protecting your plants. It can depend on your type of plants, the area it will be standing in over winter and finally your local climate. For instance, you could be living in a small micro climate or in a frost pocket. 

Bubble wrapping the outside of pots if you don't have a second pot as insulation. Some people pot into a larger sized pot to create extra protection. The gaps could be filled with brokened down used polystyrene packaging to minimise freezing pots. Keeping pots together or up against a warm wall or southlerly wall is always best but if not, the fleece can be doubled up for extra protection.

Non-woven material is the ideal fleece as it still allows air getting through whilst keeping out frost and giving protecton. I have been recommended to try Poundland's Dust Sheet which uses the exact same material but much cheaper, just cutting to size what you need. It is not necessary to open up the fleece every day, but it is still essential your plants get some light, so when temperatures ease up, do open up the allow more air and light to minimise any rotting and encouragement of fungal diseases. 

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 Thanks for the tip about the dust sheet.


Posted: 29/10/2017 at 08:12

I've had mine outside here in Northern Ireland for a few years now and they've been fine. I don't tie up the leaves but do watch out the centre of them does'nt get full of ice or snow as they won't like it. I've been growing mine in pots as I was'nt sure exactly where to place them and because I've heard they can be invasive.

When to plant spring bulbs

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 16:02

Good luck Allyblueeyes.

When to plant spring bulbs

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 15:38

I've planted both Tulips and Narcissus in December and still had them flower next year although later than normal.

My own Crocus are already starting to sprout and I've never gone after November for planting them. Not sure about the Allium.

Storing begonia bulbs over winter

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 12:10

I don't always wait until the frost blackens them but as october goes into november they drop their flowers and don't replace them and the leaves become sparce. This is the time I remove them from their containers and start to let them dry out completely. By this time, the main stalk is easily removed. I let them dry out a bit more and then I make sure the soil is all removed and wrap them in newspaper and store in my frost free area. 

I bring them on at the end of February time. Good luck.

Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 11:55

Many thanks to Bright Star for my Calendula seeds, they arrived this morning. 

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 07:49



Posted: 25/09/2017 at 07:50

I don't usually have Blackbirds during summer and I miss them too. Hopefully it won't be long before they're visiting again for all of us.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 25/09/2017 at 07:48

Those are great pics.

I don't have any pics but I constantly have a couple of Goldfinch families feeding from the sunflowe heart feeder at the bottom of the border. There have been several broods of little ones and they're in the garden for a lot of the day. I do love them although they stop me from gardening as I don't like to disturb them, we've come to a compromise of sorts. I let them eat for a while and then do what I need to, or wait until there are'nt any around the feeders.  Blue Tits come in autumn winter and spring but don't seem to be around during the summer.

Other than that, I put out mealyworms and fat balls on the ground and they're eaten by the Starlings and Robin. During most of the months apart from high summer I also put raisins or sultanas every morning and the Blackbird loves them.

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