obelixx


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This winter

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 15:58

Too right.  Lots of berries simply indicates what kind of growing season the trees and shrubs have had.

I've been googling about and it seems no-one in the weather world wants to stick their neck out yet.  Apart form anything else, in meteorological terms, we still have 2.5 months of autumn to go before winter starts on Dec 1st.   There's also the El Nino joker in the pack.

One chap tho has done some statistical analysis and thinks cool wet Septembers lead to colder winters - http://www.theweatheroutlook.com/twoother/latest.aspx 

The only thing to do really is wait ad see and be prepared with fences and structures repaired, fleece, coldframes and shelter ready for plants and hibernating critters and lots of bird food.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 14:47

I have over wintered chillies on my kitchen window sill and kept them going 2 or 3 years.   After that they get a bit too big and I start again or else I just fancy a change of variety.

I planted 5 each in my summer window boxes this year.  Some will come indoors and some will either be binned or have to chance it in the greenhouse.

 

Building a two level patio. Advice needed...

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 12:29

I would just widen those steps to the full width of the windows so they look and feel more generous and less steep.  You can always decorate them with pots at either end to add interest.    

Keep your terrace area down below for privacy but maybe extend it and smarten it up.  You can disguise that dull fence with pots and/or climbing plants on stretched wires with their roots on the bed and make the whole area feel greener and more welcoming.

Spring Bulbs

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 12:23

They are small bulbs and dry out easily if left in their packaging so soak them overnight in cold water before planting in a damp location.

lysimachia clethroides

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 22:48

Clethroides does very well for me in full sun and in temps up to 38C in summer and down to -20C in a normal winter but we haven't had one of those for a couple of years.

Punctata is OK in shade.  I don't like it but it's better than nettles which would grow there instead.   Someone gave me some Firecracker and I am secretly pleased it didn't take.   Far too garish.

lysimachia clethroides

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 11:32

Lysimachia is a perennial and comes in yellow, white, purple and short or tall depending in the variety.  If you google it, you should get several images to help you identify what you have.

If it isn't any of those, take a picture of what you have, use the tree symbol to load it on here and someone will surely recognise it.

I want a greenhouse but not a shed fest!

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 11:16

Having sited ours initially in a convenient spot for me, electricity, water access form the garage and then discovered it was always too cool on the north side of our house, we then moved it to a sunny spot facing full south and protected from prevailing winds by an inherited conifer hedge.

It is now much more productive and, at 8 x 6, far too small for my ambitions now that it works.

I would advise you to go bigger if poss and then site it where it gets full sun, especially in winter, and if that means hiding it behind a shrub or trellis panel or two, so be it.

Alternatively - do you really need all that shed and garage space?   Could some be replaced by a greenhouse and thus till leave your existing garden intact?

 

Climbing Honey suckle

Posted: 19/09/2015 at 12:51

They wind round supports and can get quite heavy so the best bet is strong vine eyes fixed in rows at intervals of about 12"/30cms with wires stretched and tensioned horizontally between them.   Train in the honeysuckles as they grow until they're big enough to wind around themselves later on.

Dividing Geranium Phaeum Now?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 16:16

I take it you mean pelargoniums which are not hardy.   Yes, you can take cuttings now and keep them frost free over winter.  Use a free draining compost so they don't rot.

Ideas Needed - turning a 'field' back into a Garden...

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 15:41

Pleased it helped.   Have fun with the drawings and execution of your plan.  Let us know how you get on.

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