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Moving plants

Posted: Today at 16:43

Does the new owner know you're taking those plants?  If not, they belong to them not you.

That said, if you water the plants thoroughly the evening before you want to dig them up and let them soak their roots, they will come up more easily and with less damage to the root ball.   Place them immediately in pots with fresh compost and keep them out of direct sun but in plenty of light and let them have time to recover and start growing fresh roots.   This will also give you time to prepare their new planting sites.  If you're pushed for space, wrap their roots in damp newspaper and tie up in a plastic bag till you can get them into pots or the ground in their new home.

Peonies don't mind being moved but are sensitive to planting depth so make sure they are planted at the same depth.   Make sure you have dead headed them so they don't waste energy on seeds.   The shrubs will do better if you can remove some of the top growth to reduce stress on the roots so shorten or thin the stems.

Keep them watered well so they don't stress between being dug up and getting established again.

Monty's new hat

Posted: Today at 11:10

Probably one of the stalls at the Tatton Show.  Lots of adverts for that sort of thing in The Garden magazine usually - RHS monthly mag for members with great articles and info.

Naughty Hosta - but time he was going for a softer brown to go with the wrinkles.

Naughty Obxx.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: Yesterday at 15:36

I have seen some of these as I record them but tend to watch just the beginning and the end result after getting very frustrated by the middle part.

Let's not forget that these garden makeovers are aimed at people who haven't a clue and can't even manage basic watering or grass cutting so astro turf is definitely a good idea for them.  If they find they get the bug looking after their new plants they can always put down proper grass later on and add more plants for interest.

I don't like the format of the show but anything that gets more people gardening has to be good and maybe this will.

Creeping buttercup - opinions please

Posted: Yesterday at 10:06

It will grow anywhere and get tangled in the roots of treasures as it sends out runners.  It is a pernicious plant and really hard to get rid of once established.  I clear it from my borders every spring and still find it popping up all through the growing season but then I am surrounded by arable land and pasture.

If you want ground cover, get yourself some alchemilla mollis which also has yellow flowers.  It will self seed with gay abandon but at least it doesn't do sneaky runners.  A word of warning though - most people find it too invasive too.

There are all sorts of ground cover plants that would be more attractive and make a better foil for your other plants so I would advise you have look at the RHS Plant Selector feature on their site and have a look at these too for starters 

old man's beard

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 22:23

I know, but I had to find out why I was paying for a wuss when a perfectly healthy, robust and equally perfumed alternative was growing wild, for free.

old man's beard

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 19:39

I met this in the boundary of the gite we rented on hols.  The flowers smell of almonds so I had to ask our host about it,having paid €15 each fro 2 clematis flammula for my garden because they have small but prolific white flowers that smell of almonds.   One has died and the other is struggling this year after doing really well last year.

My host assured me the stuff is rampant and they take shears to it to keep it in control but they like to keep some for the perfume and the insects.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 11:04

My pleasure Lily.   The redcurrant marmalade has turned out well too.  Very tasty.

1 kg redcurrants, 2 large sweet untreated oranges, 240g seedless raisins, 1 kg sugar

Wash the currants, thinly slice and chop the oranges and then put all the fruit into a large pan or preserving pan.  Warm gently and, when it starts to simmer, add the sugar and stir till dissolved.   Turn up the heat and boil for 20 minutes.   Test for setting then pot and seal. 

Taken from Home-Made Preserves by Jill Nice.

The Autistic Gardener

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 08:50

I found out about this too late so only saw the last programme and thoroughly enjoyed it from the presenter/designer's commentary to the drawing out of the different abilities and growing interaction of all the team members and the garden they achieved.  

It was a very good programme and I hope there will be more.

This morning's visitor........

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 22:59

No English papers in my village so I don't read them except on holiday Jo but I do watch the Beeb news every day.   


This morning's visitor........

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 14:10

Have you not see the news items about suburban foxes getting so used to humans they are entering homes and biting young babies and toddlers?

I certainly won't be encouraging any that venture onto my patch.

Happy to feed birds and hedgehogs and make insect hotels and log piles but I draw the line at foxes - and moles.

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