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Late perennials for the white garden

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 10:10

White physostegia, white chelone, white clematis flammula (scented), white agapanthus (needs winter protection), white flowered hostas, white Michaelmas daisies, white phlox, white roses, white shrubby potentilla, still some flowers left on lysimachia clethroides alba..


Posted: 28/09/2014 at 10:04

OP - original poster

OAP - old age person aka silver surfer and grey pounds as we seem to have more disposable income than belaguered youf.

OH - other half - male

BH - better half - female

HRT - horticultural retail therapy

LOL - laugh out loud unless you're a PM who thinks it means lots of love.

IMO - in my opinion

IMHO - in my humble opinion.   Generally used by the least humble.


Recording the weather in your garden

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 17:05

I used to have a wee weather station which recorded temps and rainfall and sent messgaes to my PC.  That was in autumn 2008.   January 6th 2009 we had -32C and the equipment died.    Got a simple min/max thermometer after that and it died the following winter at -25C.  Haven't bothered since.

When OH retires we're planning to move to a more shelterd garden with shorter winteres and then I'd like to start again and maybe even keep garden diary too - sowing, planting, cropping etc..

Peony sprouting - should I cover it up?

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 13:43

Peonies are fussy abut planting depth - too deep or too shallow an dthey won't flower so, as long as you planted it at the same depth t was before, leave well alone.   They are very hardy in my experience although they do take a while to warm up again after -25C.............

Clematis Cuttings

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 16:53

It should be OK for the winter but I would consider keeping it in a bigger pot for another year and protect it for another winter.    Transplant it next spring, planting it deep, covering at least the next leaf node as this will encourage more roots and shoots to form. 

When you do plant it out, plant it deep again for the same reasons.

Clematis Cuttings

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 15:57

Well done.  I would nurture it through the winter.  Pot it up into some decent compost and keep it sheltered for this winter.

Nettle jungle

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 15:56

The organic way is just to keep pulling them with as much root as possible whenever they appear.  They will eventually weaken and be less invasive and easier to deal with.   One consolation is that they indicate your soil is fertile and not too heavy and, if you dry them out first, they will make an excellent addition to you compost heap as they are full of nitrogen which promotes leaf growth.    You can also soak fresh nettles in buckets of water (covered for the smell) for a few weeks and then dilute the resulting brew 1 part to 10 of water and use it as a liquid feed.

The non organic way is to spray with glyphosate as this kills the plants down to the roots.  However with nettles and creeping buttercup and thistles and couch grass you will need repeated applications before they surrender.   Glyphsate is not selective so protect any plant you wish to keep before you spray the nettles.

Marking out a design

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 17:54

Use a hosepipe.  It won't wash away and, if you leave it in place for at least a week once you've viewed your design from all angles and are happy with it, it will leave a mark in the grass for you to work from when digging.

Magnesium sulfate/Epsom Salts

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 17:29

1 tbs/15ml of Epsom salts dissolved in 1 gallon/5 litres of water and poured on the foliage using a watering can with a spray head.

Have you watered the laurel since you planted it?   It will take all winter for its roots to settle in and start spreading so don't go pulling it about.

Wrapping up my gunnera!

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 14:13

They're from Brazil and don't like frost so I would guess that in the Midlands you will need to do more than just wrap the leaves over the crown.   I had one a few years ago that was wiped out by a surprise -8C after surviving -25C the winter before when I had buried it in 3' of garden compost.   

I now have a new one which I am growing in a pot.  Each spring it gets a bigger pot and then spends the winter submerged in the greenhouse with fleece and cardboard over the top when it's set to get really cold.   Once the pot gets too big to move I shall plant it in the border and give it the 3' of compost treatment.   Yu might get away with rather les scompost but it will still appreciate a blanket of some sort.    

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