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Talkback: Good things about February

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 14:48

February is often the coldest month here and, although it's short, it can seem very long while waiting for the longer days of March and, one hopes, the warmer days of April.   It is currently -3C outside, plus wind chill factor and big fat driving snowflakes.    Lovely - not.

We had snowdrops in December in the sunniest and warmest spot of the garden but the later ones on the northern side, just showing now, are definitely shivering to themselves and not opening up for insect visits.   The daffs everywhere are barely 3" high and the dwarf irises, grape hyacinths and species tulips in the best drained part of the garden are not showing at all yet.   I don't blame them.

Pruning Raspberrys Help Please

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 16:37

Cut them.  You could hedge your bets by cutting back to just above the lowest buds but I would wait now till thie next cold spell and snow have passed.

Gardening Shows in 2013

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 16:36

Malvern show is good for buying plants and talking to the growers about how to care for them.   Lots of other stands too but not wonderful show gardens althouh they're nice enough.   Chelsea is good for show gardens big and small and talking to growers in the amazing floral marquee but, apart from a few seeds and lily bulbs you can only order plants for later delivery.   Tatton is similar to Malvern but bigger and, being later in the season, has a greater variety of plants on sale.   Haven't been to Hampton Court since it first started and found it really awful to get to and from cos of parking problems and distances which are not good if, like I was, you are driving a pushchair and carrying plants.



New BBC Gardening Show looking for Kitchen Gardeners

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 10:25

I first came across this on A4A where it received many pithy comments about anyone being able to grow the perfect carrot or tomato if we get another season like last year.

Are these people going to have 8 allotments side by side or have an allotment provided near their home?  If the former, they'll have to be dedicated indeed to look after it well and do the travel.  

Pruning Raspberrys Help Please

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 09:42

You are right.  Autumn raspberreis should be cut down now to make them produce fresh new vigorous canes which will fruit later on.  The plant will naturally send sap up old stems that have not been killed by the frosts and these will produce buds followed by foliage and fruits but they won't carry as much fruit as new stems.

Cut the raspberries down to about 9" high and give all the plants a good feed to encourage strong growth.

Chris Beardshaw to join Beechgrove Garden

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 19:43

I shall be investing in some MBTs when I know what size I end up being.    The first foot has gone very well but I can't start using it for another couple of weeks so am hobbling in a special boot and with a crutch.

Excellent idea to get GW or Beechgrove to come to Tatton's walled garden.    Lovely idea.     Congrats to OH and you too for carrying on so long.

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 19:37

Thanks Rain.  Very colourful.  I do have some tumbler tomato seeds I can try round by the greenhouse or even in front of the garages where they'll be in full sun and near the tap but I need something more flamboyant for the front door.

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 19:08

Swisssue - I have to see what they have in stock.  In the past I've used a kind of moulded cardboard one and I've also just used compost bags cut to shape and with the black side showing when I left it too late one year.   

The gel is a kind of crystal that soaks up loads of water so it can be released slowly through the day.    Can't remember what it's called.

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 16:29

Thanks Lilylouise.   I've asked OH to take me on a tour of local garden centres and nurseries on Saturday so I can see what they're stocking this year so I can get in early before the interesting stuff goes.   We'll also pick up some basket liners and compost and gel.    In another 2 weeks I should be able to drive myself but this way he can carry the heavy stuff and I'll be ready to start as soon as I have plants.

Climbing Roses

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 09:25

Generous Gardener is a good one with strong, healthy foliage and good soft pink flowers that go on till the frosts and have a lovely perfume.   Graham Thomas is a favourite with people who like yellow roses as it is also strong, produces loads of flowers and has good perfume but I don't think it gets as big as GG can. 

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