Latest posts by lydiaann

Whats going on with the weather?

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 15:11

MaisieM:  Whoops!  But then, what would I, a Sassenach, know about the spelling of the Gaelic!!  Maybe I'll take a couple of lessons on Saturday night when we attend a Burns Night in Newark...

And Hostafan, you would not be in the Gambia today, seeing as they brought everyone home yesterday.

Whats going on with the weather?

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 14:34

I hate the snow, so I'm glad we don't have that.  However, I'd prefer either crisp, sunny and cold OR downright wet, but not this awful heavy cloud and drizzly atmosphere that we've had over the past couple of days.  Yesterday, the first 'brown bin' of the year had to be put out, so I braved the conditions to cut back dead, soggy foliage on my persicaria, asters, etc. etc.  I managed to do what I wanted to in 25-30 minutes, but I was soaked and it wasn't really raining.  As Himself puts it, what can you expect when it is so "dreek" (good Scots term, that!).  Nonetheless, the birds have actually started to put together the odd song (as opposed to the winter chirrup) and there are buds appearing everywhere so there is hope yet!  We've even had, for the first time ever (well, in the 5 years we've been here), a Greater Spotted Woodpecker on the feeder - so exciting I nearly threw my coffee all over the carpet!!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 15:25

I do pull the leaves from under the shrubs as they can precipitate rot in the roots in really damp weather (particularly in our heavy clay), but I do let them lie in all the clear spaces and over the herbaceous you say, a terrific mulch.  There'll be plenty of that this year!

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 12:13

Beautiful sunshine here in Newark, slightly breezy and cool in the breeze but perfect for the leaf-raking so made the most of this morning to get the exercise necessary to off-set the formal dinner tonight!!

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 12:11

Just got in from more leaf-raking as it's a beautiful day here in Newark.  Has everyone else got the same problem - 5 times more leaves than certainly the last 5 year?.  My mesh leaf 'bin' is already full and we're only just half-way through November!!  Still, it's not a job that I mind - lots of exercise, good for the waistline and plenty of fresh air.

Bulbs being dug up by naughty animals

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 12:01

Squirrels had a go at my 2 big pots.  Himself has solved the problem by putting mesh across the top/

Too late to prune photinia?

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 09:08

OK, thanks for that.  We'll follow your advice, Tetley, leave the "big chop" until around March-April. 

Too late to prune photinia?

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 16:14

I've been looking at old (some positively ancient) threads on this subject.  I know you can hard prune photinia - it would appear even if you can't see buds to prune back to - but is it too late to do it now.  I think I've said before that, when we moved in here 5 years ago, the previous owners kept the garden tidy but had no idea about pruning.  It's taken me this long to get good shapes on the buddleja, physocarpus, ribes, etc. etc. but because they've all been properly pruned, they've decided that life is good after all and have grown enormously.  The photinia is lovely, about 8 by 8 feet but really needs to come back to around 5-6 feet in each plane - especially as it's vying for space now with the weigela (also now looking great)...can I do it now?  All at once?  Or bit by bit over the winter?  It's a Red Robin.  Thanks so much.

Seed saving

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 09:09

Thanks for all that, Forkers.  I think, as the plant has doubled in size since I bought it 4 years ago (although still not huge) and I don't see any seedlings alongside it ever (so, as Ecokid says, it might be sterile), I'll try dividing it early next Spring.  They don't flower for great lengths of time, but the colour is so lovely, including the foliage.  They are also a 'tidy' plant, keeping themselves upright and not encroaching on any other plant (unlike my Johnson's Blue geranium, that seems to be marching backwards at a great rate this year).  And next year, I might try gathering seeds again just to see what happens!

Which of these hardy geraniums is better?

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 09:02

Jimmmy:  Don't agree about one-flush flowering for JB.  See my previous post.  Mine are doing well now and starting to reflower nicely.

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