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Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 14:00

Wrapping plants with bubble wrap reduces ventilation and encourages rotting.  better to insulate the pots with bubble warp and the plants with fleece which breathes.

Talkback: How to protect plants in winter

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 12:05

If it's an aluminium greenhouse you can buy special clips that slot into the framework through the bubble wrap and hold it up.  If it's wooden then you can staple or pin it it to the frame.

Clematis identificationn and pruning group ?

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 22:35

Can you remember which months it flowered?  If so, you could use this site to identify your clematis - enter colour and flowering period and see what you get -

It will then give you the pruning group which you can then look up on the same site.

Fox gloves

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 22:27

Not if it's the biennial kind.  The aim of any plant is to reproduce itself.  Annuals grow, flower, set seed and die in one year.  Biennials do it over 2 years.  Perennials can last anything from 3 to many years and will usually flower form their second year on.

Some foxgloves are perennial but are short lived and tend to last only 3 or 4 years but they set seed and self sow quite liberally so, as the original response said, keep an eye out for seedlings next spring and transplant them to where you want them to grow.


Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 09:50

Me too.  I suspected it was case of cruelty to plants and somewhat naive of the person who came up withteh idea and stupid of Joe S to go along with it.

People who like them enough to take care of them usually already have some.  

Wooden Raised Beds

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 19:20

Thank you.   It was, but I've had some disastrously cold winters since I took those photos and lost a lot of those plants.   I've also lost a year in the garden thanks to needing remodelling of both feet and having surgery in January and April so the weeds have been having a field day.   However, I'm starting to get back on top of things and am adjusting my plantings to suit the colder winters.

It will be much better again by spring and better still the following year - optimistic folk we gardeners.


Madame Alfred Carriere

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 13:50

Have you the space to put up training wires to tie it in horizontally?   Climbing roses and ramblers flower best on spurs coming from horizontally or diagonally trained main stems as this aids the flow of nutrients along the stem.

If not, I suggest you find a good home for Mme AC and consider replacing it with something like a City of York rose which won't grow quite so long and has repeat flowers.  

Wooden Raised Beds

Posted: 09/12/2013 at 13:35

We have raised beds built from a combination of a railway sleeper retaining wall to make the ground level and then roofing beams for the beds.  The railway sleepers have blck polythene stapled to teh inside to prevent any chemicals leaking into the soil but also to prevent water seeping in from the soil and rotting them prematurely.

The sleeper walls have been in place for a good 15 years and are doing fine.  The roofing beams are recent and have been treated with an oil based wood stain to give added portection.  They replaced ordinary untreated planed pine planks which had had 2 coats of Cuprinol.   They lasted between 10 and 13 years with no other protection. 

We placed them on the soil and screwed them to short vertical posts bashed into the soil to hold them up and keep them firm.  We have gravel paths between the beds on a weed supressing membrane.  Here's a picture of part of it with the old blue stained pine boards -


Pulmonaria! :)

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 18:10

You can refresh pulmonaria foliage.  Once the spring flush of flowers is over just cut them back, liek you would a hardy geraniuml, give thema  scattering of pelleted chicken manure and a good drink and they'll grow fresh foliage and look good all summer.

Recommended Brands

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 11:01

Wolf system for me too.  I have a board hung on the garage wall with screws to hang the various heads and a range of handle lengths from hand tool to full length for assorted hoe, cultivator, weed puller and rake heads and a medium length for the lawn edger tool.  There's also a pruning saw and a barrow thing for distributing lawn weed and feed and I have two or three trowels.

Wolf loppers are good too but Felco every time for secateurs.

Stainless steel border fork and spade.

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