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1st early Potateo's

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 19:42

I put mine in this w/e. 

Anyas chitted from supermaket ones, same as I did last year. As I grow them in containers I don't have to worry so much about sterilised seed potato, as there's no build up of pest or disease. Others would say to never do this...

There's no guaranteed okay time, we could still get a frost down south here. It's all about learning from experience & from others, who hopefully give helpful advice. 

Even if you do need new tubers, my local garden centre had them all at half price & they weren't in that bad a condition, so not all lost. no doubt

Rose pruning and frost

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 12:00

I'm only just pruning mine now, much later than I normally would as I'm near the south coast. 

They've put on so little growth though, my reasoning is if it feels a month later than usual to us temperature wise, it probably does to them too. 

I've not taken as much off as I normally would with the hybrid teas, because I'm pruning to invigorate them, not exhaust them if they've already put all that energy into new growth already. I also tend to prune as I pick roses or deadhead during the summer, back to the next outward facing bud, so didn't have to cut much or anything off now anyway on the english roses. 

I'm only just doing the climbers too, but am just tipping the dead bits off really as they're mostly only a year or two old. 

I hope I get away with it, I have lots of roses & want lots of blooms!


Long-handled bulb planter

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 09:21

We broke on, but the second was okay. It would have come from a garden centre. 

It dug really neat holes in the lawn, perfect for larger bulbs. I remember bending down all the time anyway to crumble the soil back in. I noticed Monty just popped the whole plug back in. Bulb foliage must be made of stronger stuff than I allowed for!

For clusters of smaller bulbs it was quicker to lift a flap of lawn up & tuck them all under, as they can have closer spacing & less depth.

Where the soil is looser in a flower bed & a lot of bulbs are going in, I find staying down & using a trowel much quicker. 


Posted: 11/10/2012 at 09:01

Figrat, labelling's a great idea. Just not in this case as I know where they are, they are everywhere!

We planted over 1000. Because it was going to just be a rose border, I wanted something other than bare stems in winter. Other than some lavenders I wasn't going to put anything else in. 

It looked a bit bare, so I grew some annuals & bought a few plants each time I saw ones I liked. The intention was to just replant any bulbs I disturbed, but I always manage to slice one massive bulb or another. 

Must not let myself put any more plants in there. Trouble is they're all so tempting! 

Young perennials/seedtrays in or out of greenhouse?

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 19:21

Oh good. Thanks.

Then I can just give them the bare minimum of water, if & when they need it.


Posted: 10/10/2012 at 19:18

Ah that's interesting. I was going to treat it like lavender. Just give it a bit of a haircut, just this year's growth & spent flowers. Maybe I should just deadhead & leave it at that.

It will have to stay in & hope for the best as it's very hard to put things in & out of that border as it's full of bulbs & roses. I guess if it does die I hopefully can see where to put replacements without slicing through too many bulbs!



Posted: 10/10/2012 at 16:29

I'm still trying to prune my erisimum bowles mauve, but it won't stop flowering!  

I can't deadhead a single stem as they all have flowers at the tips, even though they're really long & floppy.

They have been absolutely amazing this year. I took cuttings rather late, about a month ago, I just hope they'll work, as well as the main plants surviving. I guess it all depends how cold the winter is....

Young perennials/seedtrays in or out of greenhouse?

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 16:25

I"ve collected & sown various perennial seeds in trays.

I also have delphiniums & similar grown from seed this year still in pots on the outside table. I just couldn't face putting them in the borders so small to fend off all the hundreds of slugs & snails!  

I'm thinking of putting them in the unheated greenhouse now to over winter. They're getting so sodden all the time they don't look very healthy.  This will also give slug/snail protection. 

Good idea or bad?

What a great series!

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 16:51

Oh yes it would be amazing to see old ones in the winter. I remember the end of the Alan Titchmarsh ones & loved them. 

Geoff Hamilton would be great too as he was before my gardening times. 


What a great series!

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 19:51

I'm really enjoying it too. I wish it was an hour, or on twice a week.

NIgel is much leaner & lither than all the golden retrievers I know, I wonder if he is one, or something else? He's lovely. 

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