Lyn Plant-Wells

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Posted: Today at 11:24

Thanks folks. Also for kind comment re shed! (originally outside loo/coal store in the 50s/60s.)

It's just had a new roof (black corrugated fibrous material) and the plastic corrugated removed. It used to get like an oven in summer - much colder now so bang goes drying washing!  It's not attached to house and only single skin brick so gets a bit damp. Seeds kept in there went mouldy last year. New roof prompted me to have a mega clearout/tidy - old door made good worktop! 

The other alternative to keeping the tubers in there (re mice - think there are various 'entry' holes) would be my understairs cupboard. It's on an outside wall so quite cool. I'm too mean to have heating on very high!

Presumably the tubers will be easier to separate when they have dried out a bit? Clump is quite tight.


Posted: Yesterday at 23:23


No Verdun,  they are not potted - they are a bunch of tubers about double the size of a large cauliflower* - dug straight out of the ground today, with only a small amount of foliage attached. They were in full flower so seemed a shame to cut the stalks off but apparently the clump was quite large & floppy so not practical to dig them up intact.  

The clump has lots of tubers packed together. Can they be divided, if so, when?  I have never grown Dahlias but always wanted them.

I don't have a GH - just my brick shed (see photos.) I live on the edge of Bournemouth so not usually very hard Winters. Saying that - frost got my container of Pelargoniums last year - my brother's (in his garden border under a tree) survived ok.  

Bit mindful of mice as some seed packets in the shed were nibbled last Winter by something!

I do intend to make a cold frame but haven't done it yet!

* peculiar comparison, I know, but couldn't think of anything more appropriate to give example of size!


Posted: Yesterday at 15:59

I have been given a clump of Dahlia tubers (?)  which were in flower. The stems have been mostly removed (from a friend moving to a flat.)

What is the best course of action?  They had single yellow flowers and very dark purplish green leaves. Thanks - your help is always invaluable! 

Over-wintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 10:28

Thanks - Iamweedy.  A few weeks ago the shed was in a right state. It's had a new roof so decided on a clear-out. Found piece of worktop in garage left by previous owners plus a door so replaced the mish-mash of benches. Big window replaced with d/g one from house. I put up more shelves and using French ice-cream containers for various bits and pieces. Shed now has more worktop space and electric sockets than my kitchen - and probably tidier! 

Over-wintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 12:40

Thanks Verdun. I do hope we don't get a very hard Winter. My brother had Pelargoniums go through the Winter in his garden last year - in a sheltered spot. (We live on the edge of Bournemouth.) 

Over-wintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 12:06

Thanks Perki. 

I will take cuttings of my pink splash varieties. I don't really have anywhere in the house suitable for keeping plants - apart from the guest bedroom where I could put some tiny cuttings. It depends how cold the winter will be, I suppose things can still freeze even in a shed.

Over-wintering Pelargoniums

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 11:33

I am hoping for some advice from all you wise ones on here!

I brought back lots of Pelargonium cuttings from France last year - mainly unusual pink/crimson splashed flowers, also some ivy-leafed ones (in a wall planter)  Amazingly (for me) 99% have grown into quite big plants. All are in containers.

A couple of my originals (not from French cuttings) have the blight (?)  dry scruffy, blotchy looking leaves. I have also had an invasion of caterpillars.  

My question is - what's the best way of overwintering? I have watched 3 different methods on the internet (bare root in newspaper hasn't been successful in the past)   Some videos show pruning right back to almost nothing and some cutting back by about half.  I don't have a greenhouse but do have a brick built shed with large windows on 3 sides & glass door. I've had the clear plastic roof replaced with black corrugated fibreboard type material + chipboard, a window from the house put in and it's all been cleaned out. Will this be suitable for them re light/temperature?  It was previously the outside lavatory/coal store when house was built and is only single skin brick.    

Toad (?) in border

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 15:14

Thanks to everyone for their encouraging words. (Alice says thanks too!)

Toad (?) in border

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 13:02

Yes, I know critters are good at negotiating places - the gate doesn't have a gap under though. Not sure how he/she'll get on in the Summer - if still around. My garden gets incredibly dry and hot (I'm on sand) especially the front. It was a nightmare keeping everything watered this year. This pic was the back a couple of months ago.     .

Toad (?) in border

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 12:38

Thanks DfA.  I doubt that the toad could get to the back garden - it would have to go up the drive at the side of the house and through a wooden side gate which is kept locked.

I have found newts in the back garden!  My back garden backs onto Canford Heath - an extensive natural area on the edge of Poole.

I did bring two convex roof tiles back from France with the intention of painting them as wall decorations - maybe I will donate one for the toad!

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