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What to do...

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:58

Lucky you.   I can't see annuals lasting more than a week or two now as some cold weather is bound to hit soon.   If you have the pots and plenty of compost and can protect them from heavy frosts over winter then by all means pot them up.

That'll give you the winter to clear your annuals and pile lots of compost and maybe some fine grit on your soil for the worms to play with over winter and break up your clay a bit.

Hydrangea

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 12:50

An update, just in case.  Vanille Fraise has coped with the gales a lot better than Mega Mindy which is now looking distinctly naked and sad.  VF still has flower heads but not a lot of foliage any more.  T'other pair have only been in 3 weeks but still have flrower heads depsite being blasted by the winds and rain.

All 4 have a distinct lean now so have been given a stake and a support ring to prevent further lean and root rock.   They will be pruned back to shape next spring, after the worst of the frosts is over.

christmas soon

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 17:56

I'd say buy the kind that don't shed their needles - Abies and Nordmann - and buy early before they get dessicated standing about with no water.   Cut off an inch or two at the base and stand it in water as soon as you get it home.

If you do prefer the ordinary needley kind, do all the above but bring it indoors as late as possible, keep it cool and well watered and spray with hairspray before decorating as this helps prevent the needles giving off moisture.

Annuals for partial and complete shade

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 17:51

According to the RHS, Calendula officinalis Fiesta Gitana and Coreopsis grandiflora should do well in your partially shaded area as should Nemophila maculata, the Nicotiana Domino Series and Rudbeckia Hirta 'Toto' all of which will provide good colour but I suspect the best bet for your north facing bed is the bedding begonias previously mentioned and impatiens or Busy Lizzy.

 

 

Update on technical issues

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 17:41

Don't use avatars or emoticons but am very pleased that yo'ure keeping us up to date with developments.  THank you Daniel and the team.

Will broccoli sprout again next year?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 17:17

That's good to know as half my broccoli - the older plants from early summer - have bolted in the 19 and 20Cs we've been having this week.  Instead of removing the plabts Ii'll remove the flowers and we'll eat the foliage.

Advice for pruning grapevine

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 09:52

Friends of mine inherited a huge grape vine in a greenhouse when they bought a house here in the early 1990s.  A wee Flemish man came by a couple of times every summer to thin th ebunches so they got decent sized grapes.  He was "inherited" too.

This is what the RHS advises on pruning:-

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=284 and

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=286 and

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=285

 

 

Any damage?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 09:46

It's been blowinghard here in central Belgium for 2 days - very bad for sleeping as my bedroom is at the west end of the house and gets all the noise. 

The only reason my trellis fence between the veggies and the garden is still up is because it's still tied up like a trussed turkey after the big storm in July which nearly flattened it.   It'll be getting new concrete boots for the posts when all the vegetation dies down either side and we can get to them.

Haven't yet been out to check the greenhouse which was also damaged in that storm but no new trees down so far.   The paddock across the road is flooding nicely.

I hope it doesn't get any worse and that there's not too much damage in the main path of the storm across England.

 

what utter confusion!

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 10:33

Yep.  I chat with friends face to face or via email.  Don't use Facebook or twitter or  texts and don't do the chat threads.  I'm here for the gardening.  It is a gardening forum after all.

Wee Jean fae Aiberdeen

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 15:57

Depends on the variety.  Group 2s will if you dead head once the first flush is over at the end of June/beginning of July and give them a feed.

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