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Posted: Yesterday at 21:22

Three snowdrops "Worronnii" out in bloom yesterday in damp and mild Bath, in a sheltered courtyard garden. This seems to be the earliest snowdrop I've got as it was early last year.  I must get some more.

The others are only just coming up.


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 22:03

A beautiful display Mark - I'm quite envious! 

Are the little yellow flowers aconites?


Posted: 18/12/2014 at 17:57

I bought a lovely pure white one in flower from Homebase last week for just £5 to fill a gap near the path to the front door. Just dug a hole & dropped the lot in and will plant it properly in the Spring - cheaper than a bunch of flowers and will last (hopefully) a lot longer.

It looks beautiful on a grey, wet day here in Bath.

What to do now?

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 17:40

Hello Peroxiss,

I find I miss my gardening "fix" this time of year so go up to my local garden centre once a week or so  to see what plants are in flower at a reasonable price. I bought a lovely white hellebore from Homebase for just £5 last week. I then cheated and just dug a hole to put the pot in where I could see the flowers near the front door and will plant it properly in the spring. You could also use a decorative pot of course and keep changing the flower display when they go over or get frosted.

Another good way of passing the time is to get hold of some old gardening magazines and look through them for ideas for next year. Try your local Freecycle group and post a Wanted ad - it's all free stuff, you just have to collect it. I use it all year to get hold of free gardening stuff.

Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 21:03

Hi Sue,  I would just give enough water (luke warm) to dampen the compost rather than a thorough wetting. Keep the water off the leaves/stems to keep the grey mould at bay. Wait until the compost goes dry again - test with your finger, and repeat as often as necessary. Have you cut them down at all?

Also, if it gets very cold (and it is here in Bath today) a windowsill might not be warm enough for pelargoniums. It's such a tricky practice trying to keep them going over the winter so I've just shoved mine at the bottom of a small leanto greenhouse and crossed my fingers!

family fruit trees

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 14:34

Hi Vic,


Rootstock MM106 is a rootstock for making dwarf apple trees - not as small as MM9, but good nevertheless so may be okay in a large pot as long as you keep it well watered (a couple of gallons a day in hot weather)  and well fed. I would use a slow release granuler fertiliser pellet such as Miracle Gro, which you can just stick in the compost in the Spring and then forget about it for 6 months.  When you plant the trees in the pots, put them in John Innes No.3 or Hillier's Shrub & Tree compost which are a bit beefier than ordinary multi purpose composts. They will need to stand in a sunny spot, but are perfectly hardy and will cope with winter cold/wet, although to be on the safe side, in their first winter, I would be inclined to put them in a sheltered spot if you've got one.

family fruit trees

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 13:21

Hello vic14.

I have a family apple tree planted 4 yrs in the ground. It's now getting on for 10ft high and 4ft wide (despite annual pruning). This is the first year we've had a good crop from one side - an apple called Elstar. The other side, is Golden Delicious which has hardly cropped at all, despite getting slightly more sun. Staking is recommended all its life, which I didn't do and now the two halves are leaning outwards, away from each other and I suspect will pull apart soon and let diseases in.  I'm not sure they will do well in a large pot, as apples need an awful lot of water. Do you know what rootstock they are on?

I don't think I would get one again but wish you every success with yours.


Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 12:40

I grow aconitums and am thinking of about getting more but have always known the roots especially are deadly poisonous, so I wear gloves and am really careful around them. As Obelixx says, many plants are poisonous, like laburnum seeds which I would never grow if children are around. Deadly nightshade and lords and ladies are others, although they are more native hedging plants than in gardens.

A more common hazard I think is septicemia from scratches & cuts, especially from the roses/manure combo. They used to vaccinate against tetanus as well but I can't get a top up any more - presumably the cost of so doing outweighs the risk. 

Winter Readings

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 22:36

I  love Helen Yemm's "Gardening in your Nightie" and the follow on ones. She's very hands on but funny with it.

Also have just acquired 1001 Garden Boosters (Readers Digest) and their Seasonal Guides (Early Spring, Spring, Summer, etc) quite useful.

Have actually just nipped downstairs to look at my bookshelves, got 3 just on gardening and have over flowed onto the carpet!  Charity shops are a brilliant source of gardening books as you can pick them up at reasonable prices, read them and recycle the ones you don't want.

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 22:25

Bookertoo, I sympathise as I'm having the same problems. Are your feeders suspended from a tree/bush or are they on a pole?  I ask because my brother has a pole with feeders and uses one of those clear plastic pudding basiny thingies at the bottom third of the pole which apparently the squirrels can't climb over - says it works for him. They are expensive though about £20-£25.

My feeders suspend from a pole but are near to a magnolia and a rose arch which the squirrels jump from - can't move it as won't be able to see the birds from my chair.

I suspect it's a case of learning to accept them and the fact they'll eat a lot of bird feed and thus keeping your blood pressure down!

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