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heucheras

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 10:18

I have some Silver somethings with mottled purple foliage which survive everything the recent winters have thrown at them but they are in full sun in a slighty raised bed and have a low box hedge all round their bed so get protection from the worst of the easterly winds which are so freezing and dessicating.   

Others purpley ones in the garden do better or worse depending on how sheltered they are but none of the lime green, ambers, caramels, raspberry or very dark colours survive prolonged cold and damp.

Clivia

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 22:56

I use liquid rose or tomato or pelargonium feed on all my houseplants, even the ones that don't flower and they seem to like it.  Haven't had a clivia for years but they flowered well on that diet. 

Gardening by the moon?!

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 17:19

OK, I'll spell it out.  Lunar cycles indicate on which DAYS you should do things.  It does not involve gardening by moonlight or torch light or floodlight.

Watering the garden your thoughts...

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 16:35

Large. 

We have a rainwater collection cistern and an old fashioned hand pump but it needs restoring so is not used.    I will be installing a water butt when the new shed goes up and that will be used in the greenhouse just behind it.

I use a hose and sprinkler or a hose and spray gun depening on what I'm watering but generally only water at planting or transplanting time and then let the plants survive on their own.   We have metered water with excellent pressure so it doesn't take long and I'm careful with it.

For holidays away, I gather all the garden pots and baskets and troughs behind the house and set up a sprinkler on a timer to water them all for 20 minutes during the night so they have time to absorb it.   Works for me.

I am not in the market for a watering system as we usually have plenty of rain except for a drought from April 2010 to spring 2011 which was rather devastating for many plants and I had to water the veg plot to get any crops.

Gardening by the moon?!

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 16:24

Are you trying to be funny or just dim?   Lunar cycles are active 24/365 and leap years too.  They can even change from one phase to another in daylight if you want to be really perickety about following the biodynamic cycle.

Veronicastrums and heleniums

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 13:02

I love veronicastrums even though they don't always survive my winters and have a fairly short flowering period.  I always buy a few new ones each spring and then live in hope.

I'm just getting going on heleniums because it's hard to find the more interesting and newer varieties with better colour but I understand they do very well with the Chelsea chop which encourages shorter, bushier, sturdier stems.  It remains to be seen whether the ones I bought last year have survived but I'll be googling about for seeds to grow my own for next year.

Gardening by the moon?!

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:56

There's a website calendar here - http://www.the-gardeners-calendar.co.uk/Moon_Planting.asp   It doesn't give a complete list of doable tasks so you have to read the info about what to do on root/flower/leaf/fruit/maintenance days.  You can use the simple lunar phase guide, the biodynamic guide or the sidereal depending on how complicated you want to be.   I tend to go with biodynamic.

I find it very helpful for organising my time as I tend to stick to the tasks I've set out to do instead of letting myself get distracted by jobs/weeds/pruning that I see out of the corner of my eye.   Even for those who are sceptical about the moon's ability to influence plants, it's a good organisational aid.

As for your spuds being late, I'd say not.  Better to plant them when teh soil is warmer than risk giving them a chill and setting their growth back.

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 09:09

Mine in pots are showing now but they are parked in full sun on the southern side of the house and will be moved in the next 2 or 3 weeks to the shadier side.   All my hostas in the ground are to the north side of the house and in a windier, more exposed part which is open on all sides and all of them are still underground with their scarves on.

Be patient and be ready with the wildlife friendly ferrous sulphate slug pellets already scatterd where your hostas will emerge.

Advice on slug free plants

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 16:44

have alook at this list - http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/features/flowers/slug-proof-plants/1115.html

A good tip is to buy some wildlife friendly pellets based on ferrous sulphate rather than metaldehyde and start scattering them thinly on St Valentine's Day - purely because it's an easy date to remember.   Repeat the scattering every 2 weeks as you then get them as they emerge from hiberantion or hatch from eggs and before they can feed and breed.

This was advice given by a hosta nursery exhibiting at Malvern and featured on GW one spring.  It works for me and I have hostas and cleamtis and hemerocallis all over the place - all slug magnetes in spring - as well as salads and young veggies they like to feast on.

One of my helebores

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 17:43

Some of mine are like this and some have been in full flower for weeks.  They all need to have the old foliage removed asap as it shows off the flowers and lets the new foliage come through with a reduced likelihood of getting damaged or diseased by the old.

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