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Choisya ternata sundance

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 16:53

I had one in shade in very fertile but alkaline soil until it was zapped by a very severe frost of -32C a few years ago.   Up until then it had been growing very well, had glorious golden foliage and produced flowers too.  

If your soil is chalky and free draining it is probably low in nutrients so make sure it gets fed with blood, fish and bone every spring and an occasional liquid tonic of seaweed between March and the end of June.   Give it a mulch of well rotted garden compost and or horse manure in autumn once there has been some decent rain to moisten teh soil.  This will help with moisture retention and improve the soil and its organisms too.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 16:39

Thanks Biofreak?  So far I've been concentrating on weeding, lifting, dividing and transplanting and waiting for the goodies I have stashed in the greenhouse over winter to harden off to go outside and make space for babies.   If all goes to plan, I shall be sowing my broad beans, toms and chillies this week.   Maybe some flowers too depending on space and time. 

Apart from a 365/24/7 vigil with a shotgun

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 13:10

The most effective way to keep cats off your garden is a water scarecrow.  Google for info and suppliers.  It is efficient and safe and won't get you in trouble with the law or cat owners.  You just need to make sure you relocate the sensors regularly so teh cats don't learn to avoid them.

Other than having your own dog on permanent 24/7 patrol, nothing else works so well - not plants, not chemicals, not barriers.

Buttercup and daisy meadow

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 09:54

Just plant turfs or sow a lawn and the buttercups and daisies will come.  Otherwise you can transplant individuals from a weeding session elsewhere - for free.  They'll soon spread.


Posted: 21/03/2014 at 13:28

I have winters which can get to -30C here in central Belgium.  I have lost two gunneras in much less than that when the first frosts came as a surprising -8C and a -12c in mid October, before I'd got my plant covered with 3 feet of garden compost.

I am having one last try and starting small and in a pot.  I have it in a pot which has spent the winter buried up to its shoulders in an unheated but inslulated greenhouse.  This winter has been so very mild it is actively growing already.   I shall keep it in an ever increasing ceramic pot until it's too big to move and then it will have to take its chances outside again and I'll be quicker with the winter blanket.  

Alan Titchmarsh designs a Chelsea garden

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 21:54

The Beeb has decided to "update" the show and Alan declined to be apart  - 

Alan has won gold in the past for a garden at Chelsea.  It will be interesting to see what he comes up with this year


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:44

More or less any clematis can be trained to grow horizontallly rather than vertically so you really do have to find one that won't exceed the wall length by too much.

I suggest you have a look at alba luxurians, caerulea luxurians, alpina, Beauty of Worcester, Betty Corning (scented), Brunette,  Cicciolina,  Gravetye Beauty, Hagley hybrid, Jackmanii, Little Nell, Madame Julia Correvon, Perle d'Azur, Polish Spirit, Red Ballon, Sliver Moon, Sunset .

Plenty of variety in form and colour and flowering period.  If you do plant one at eache end of the wall make sure they are form teh same pruning group or you'll get in a terrible muddle once they've settled in and start to cover the wall.

I find alpina and Brunette are not hardy enough for my garden but I have all the others doing well.

Plantsava watering systems

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 09:27

I have successfully used the old paddling pool trick when I was first starting this garden and had plants and divisions to nurture before I could plant them out.  It's easy enough to prick holes in teh sides to stop water getting too deep in the event of heavy rain.

I did invest in one of those pod systems which has small pipes coming off and pegged into individual pots to keep my greenhouse going but I only used it once.  Very fiddly.

These days, I gather all my pots, window boxes and hanging baskets into an area at the back of the house and set up a sprinkler system on a hose and on a timer so it goes off during the night.  It works brilliantly so now I've bought a Y connector for the outside tap and have a second hose and smaller sprinkler going into the greenhouse.   Simple, inexpensive and effective.

I also gather houseplants up and give them a shower to remove all dust from their  leaves and to make sure their compost is thoroughly soaked but drained.  Then I place them in the bath with a bit of water and close the door.  They make their own Little micro climate and I come back to very healthy plants. 



Monty's box hedging

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 09:36

That's true.  This way he can burn the blight and dig up the roots and leave them somewhere to dry enough to burn.  

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