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Overwintering Strawberry Tree

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 12:38

Hello everyone, I am hoping you can give me some advice.

I recently bought a Strawberry Tree to plant in the bottom of our garden as we have an area where we get no privacy from a new, onlooking housing estate and a private road at the bottom of garden which people use as a footpath. Whilst I realise it will take some time to grow it will be perfectly placed next to our new Blue Spruce christmas tree and with it being evergreen with autumn flowers and fruit I thought it would be perfect.

I have been doing some research and have read that existing tree's should be covered in their early years to prevent frost damage, I have also read about 'frost pockets' at the bottoms of sloping gardens  which has left me wondering what to do for the best.

I have an unheated greenhouse would it be better to pot my little tree up and fleece it in the greenhouse overwinter for this year and look at planting it out in spring or get it in the ground before the hard frosts and then fleece it?

Any advice would be a great help


Seed swap

Posted: 08/12/2012 at 12:35

Hi Gardengirl

Oh yes please, I'd love some honesty seeds the pods are lovely.

I was also reading your tyre thread and have mounds of campanula both purple and white, not sure what strain exactly but if you can send rooted plants your more than welcome to some. 

signs of life

Posted: 08/12/2012 at 12:28

No we don't want the snow herein the midlands either flowering rose, far better it stays in Lapland with santa

I have crocus peeping through which is great because I only planted them what seems a few weeks ago and primroses in flower and the sunshine is beautiful today if still baltic outside.

Lindylou I too took delivery today of a strawberry tree and was about to ask the question 'should i plant it' thank you and yes, on with the thermals then

Seed swap

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 15:12

Oh and I also have raddish - scarlet globe, spring onion, rocket, cucumber and sweet pepper (although I failed miserably with those this year).

Seed swap

Posted: 07/12/2012 at 15:10

Hi all

I have tonnes of seeds including

Aquilegia - not sure which varities but one deep purpple and light pinks (also a dwarf blue)

Poppies - Gallore red paper, purple and oriental 

Cornflower - heavenly blue

Snapdragon - yellow and white



Loosetrife - purple variety (I also have mounds of yellow which I'd be only too happy to re-home!)


They're the ones I remember but I'm going to have some fun this afternoon now looking through my seed container to see what else I harvested

What a lovely day its been.. 



Pruning tall evergreen holly

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 16:57

Thanks Newcastle although I planted a holly last year and it doesn't seem to be doing anything at all I do have a lovely yew I wanted to take cuttings from after watch Monty a couple of weeks ago.

nutcutlet wrote (see)

Many thanks David

I've saved to my garden file and will print out as an instruction sheet. I should get the book. One becomes a bit dependent on the internet but you can't beat a good book. 

Best wishes and thanks


Nutcutlet my OH bought me Carol Kliens 'How to Grow your Own Garden'on special offer from WHSmiths (there are some really cheap book deals around in the shops atm)  and its great information for all types of propgation certainly inspired me to have a go next spring


Thank you so much

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 15:41

Thank you jatnikapyar, funnby really it was only meant to be temporary as we bought our fish vfrom our old house, for 2 weeks they lived in a lovely paddling pool until it sadly deflated and we had to make a new home urgento!!

I'm quite lucky as I have french windows and look at the garden from the warmth of the house but yesterday was lovely and I finished putting my snowdrop bulbs in but today has been miserable  and we are forcast snow.

Jonus maybe you should write it off for this year, I keep reading here we only have 12 weeks to wait  and its only 2 weeks to the solstice

on their way to garden near you!

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 08:59

I,ve been really lucky this year, we have long tailed tits, coal tits, goldfinches, greenfinches, even had a bullfinch earlier in the year.  We have an abundance of starlings which I  have to say I have welcomed since reading here they are becoming endangered, but yesterday there was a redwing in the hawthorne tree .  The gardens been a hive of activity I could watch them all day with their funny antics.

Thank you so much

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 08:53

After a mini makeover this is part of the garden (in the summer).  Still have lots to do and have some slopes and things to deal with with and some privacy issues but the OH bought me the RHS Complete Manual and I have some plans for the spring

Thank you so much

Posted: 06/12/2012 at 08:39

Hi Nigel, and thank you all for the lovely warm welcome.

Its lovely to find like minded people, unfortunately my family aren't gardeners and I've had to learn from trial and error with more errors .  We bought our house because of the size of the garden and the sheds and greenhouse that came with it but had a lot to do to clear the weeds and rubbish. Nothing did very well in the greenhouse this year but next year I'm planning to have a go at vegetables and salad crops so will need all the help and advice I can get  


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