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can anyone name this plant?

Posted: 08/09/2012 at 08:51

It's a good border shrub that responds well to pruning so can be kept in bounds.  I know how easy it is to be tempted in sweetie shops like Tatton Flower Show but maybe next time you should chat with the grower about eventual size and cultivation needs before succumbing to temptation.

Blueberry bushes

Posted: 08/09/2012 at 08:48

U usually have good crops from my two shrubs but this year theer was a heavy frost at blossom time and that killed off the flowers so very few berries this year.  I also lost a good part of my shrubs to frosts over winter.

To remedy this, I cut back all the dead growth once leaf burst was over, fed them both with a good feed for ericaceous plants and mulched them with chipped bark once they'd had a good wetting following the drought we experienced from April '11 to April '12 but especially over last summer.

Both shrubs have now put on lots of healthy new growth and will get a cage of fleece to protect them from the heaviest frosts and strongest winds this coming winter.  It'll stay on until blossom time next spring when I'll open it to allow in the pollinators.

Hosta splitting

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 10:52

In my experince, hostas split in autumn can often sulk or even die so I would wait till spring.  Turf it out of the pot in late Feb or early March, cut into 2, 3 or 4 sections - an old bread knife is very good for this - and repot at the same depth with good quality compost such as John Innes no 3.  Give each plant a good drink to get it going and maybe some liquid rose or tomato food to give it an extra boost.

Colour. In garden

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 15:06

Snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, hellebores, winter pansies and violas, winter flowering heathers, sarcococca (winter box with scented flowers) and no doubt many more but these are easily available and the bulbs can go in now, under your other new stuff.

Fig Tree

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 12:48

West facing as this will give it the longest and warmest hours of sunshine for ripening the fruits.  

Mahonia Aquiflorium

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 12:44

Use the RHS Plant Finder online.  It allows you to enter a plant and then tells you which nurseries sell it in which regions and whether or not they do postal delivery.

Colour. In garden

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 11:49

Japanese anemones are flowering now as are chelone (good for damp soils), physostegia, sedums, phlox and hardy geraniums.    Caryopteris and perovskia are in full blue bloom now, both are small to medium shrubs which get cut back each spring to renew vigour so they don't get too big.   My hemerocallis are still flowering and heleniums, helianthemums and Michaelmas daisies are great for late season colour.




Autumn Sowing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 10:48

A little ungracious DK?  Monty has always sown his sweet peas in spring and had good enough results for him so it was good of him to respond to criticism and comments on the old Beeb boards and do a trial of sorts.   He was very gracious himself in accepting that, so far, the autumn ones had done better but it remains to be seen whetehr the spring ones catch up by lasting and flowering longer into autumn.

As I've said, autumn sowing isn't an option for me and I can't be the only gardener out there with such problems.  Plus which, I'd rather have sweet peas going on into autumn when i'm here to enjoy them than peaking in summer when I'm away on hols.

As with anything in gardening there are no hard and set rules except for certain very fussy and usually exotic plants.  For the rest, we have to do what suits our situation, climate, soil, resources and needs.  Luckily we have a wide variety of gardeners on here to offer advice from their own personal experience -which is what Monty does on GW.

Perennial seedlings - what now

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 10:41

A proper cold frame will give them better protection and allow you to lift the lid and ventilate on warmer days plus add an extra blanket of newspaper or some such when very cold nights are forecast.   You can also line it with bubble wrap for extra insulation.

Autumn Sowing Sweet Peas

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 21:29

I believe Monty actually said that so far, teh autumn sown sweet peas have performed better but it remainsto be seen whether or not the spring sown ones catch up by staying in flower for longer in the season and thus producing as many blooms.

Either way, given the winters here and the difficulties of getting them through, I shall be sowing sweet peas next Feb or March.   Didn't have space or inclination this year but I do for next.

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