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Best Fuchsia

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 08:46

Getting back to the question of a hardy future, I have a variegated magellanica which has survived outside for 5 or 6 years despite winters down to -25C.   It's in a well drained spot in fertile soil and gets full sun in spring and then is shaded in summer.

It  can be late getting going again after a very hard winter but it does survive and I dare say if I gave it more TLC would recover faster.

Weekend 22 March

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 08:34

Good morning everyone.

I realise that much of Britain is under snow or exeperiencing heavy rain today and hope you and your gardens come through OK.    Perversely, here it is sunny again but freezing and the ground is  like iron.

No outdoor gardening for me then today but I shall ask OH to help me tidy up my work area tomorrow so it's ready for action when spring does arrive with intent.   On Sunday we're taking Possum and a friend to Antwerp to see a Hip Hop Battle competition so no gardening then either.

So, today is more seedling turning for me.   What about you? 

Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 08:28

None of my hostas is showing yet Bunny but when they do there are a few I want to lift and move and maybe divide depending on how big they are.    I think you'd be best waiting till yours are active.  The only thing is that the big leaved hostas produce smaller leaves their first year after being split and then they recover normal form from teh following season.

As for chocolate, I live in Belgium so am spoiled for choice.  There are the big names like Côte d'Or for bars and then lots more doing pralines or filled chocolates and our local baker/patissier makes his own too.........   Nowhere to hide really.

Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 21:54

Never fear Bunnny.   They'll shoot soon enough.   I've discovered here that after a long winter spring tends to come in a whoosh and can run away with you.

Gardening Shows

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 16:02

Chelsea.  It' sthe 100th edition thi syear and should have some extra oomph and fun to it.  I laos like Malverna nd tatton.  Haven't been to Cardiff or GW and didn't like Hampton Court because access is so difficult for people who have to come by car and, as  I did the year I went,  have a pushchair and toddler to drive along with all the plant purchases.

New border with complications?

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 15:57

Another way to get red is cornus alba sibirica which will give you red stems all through winter and fabulous red and purple foliage in autumn as the leaves turn before they drop.

Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 15:54

I don't do Jazz dance.  I just look after it.  Hip Hop too.  Not doing any of my dancing this season as having new feet means I'm incapacitated.   I have till April 15 to get loads of house and garden jobs done before the boot is literally on the other foot after it gets done too.

I'd have thought someone wanting to live in such a place as the mill would love a gorgeous garden and don't understan anyone concreting any garden when there are so many attractive and practical alternatives.

Netherfield - how long have you had sciatica?   Must be frustrating.  


Good Morning - 21 March

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 14:48

Hi Rhoda.  Sorry you've been poorly and hope it clears up soon.  I do understand about being confined to barracks and getting bored.   I was libreated form my orthpedic boot last Thrusday and am learning to wallk agian and can drive now.  So liberating.

We had a record 17C on March 4th and then -17C only 10 days later.  Plants don't like it, nor gardeners much.

I do remember Supermum and her garden and posts.  Such a tragedy.  Shame on the mill owners who, with a bit of effort, might have found someone willing to take it on.    All my very best to her if you are in touch at all.


New border with complications?

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 14:25

Concrete contains lime which ericaceous plants like rhodos do not like as it prevents them taking up nutrients such as iron and magnesium from the soil.

Leucothoe is another ericaceous plant so avoid that.  The other two aren't fussed about acicidy or alkalinity.  If you want something reddish, try a photinia Red Robin.  Keeping it pruned will control its size and encourage the production of fresh red shoots through the growing season.

Wildflower bulb planting.

Posted: 21/03/2013 at 14:17

Are these unplanted bulbs or bulbs in pots cos if you're in the northern hemisphere they should have been planted out in the ground from September to November or in pots and then kept cool and dark until the first shoots showed.

Frits, bluebells and snowdrops in particular don't like drying out and may not work now but, assuming they're viable, they will slowly spread by offsets and self seeding.  How quickly they do it depends on how happy they are and it' seasy enough to divide up any clumps that become congested in a few years time if you do it in teh green once the flowers have faded.

The only one I would have thought coul dget invasive is the lesser celandine.

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