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Shall I hack my Verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 13:08

Half my garden is on the lean after those gales and the big storm in summer Nut but the verbenas seem to have coped.   Funny how things differ from one garden to another.

Shall I hack my Verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 12:44

Yes, and you have to be careful not to weed the babies in spring.  Mine still have some flowers now and I love the airy transparency of the plant's structure.

Shall I hack my Verbena bonariensis?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 11:53

I usually leave mine purely because the tops then take any frost and protect the crowns a bit.  Having said that, in the last 5 winters every one of them has succumbed to severe frosts but leaving the stalks and flower heads means they self seed so I get free new plants in spring.

Overwintering Yourself...

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 16:35

I decorated my bedroom last winter between Xmas and New Year because I knew I wouldn't be able to after the foot surgery.  The walls are fine but I need to do the ceiling again.  Looks fine in normal light but with bright light reflecting back off the snow in January it looked quite streaky.   It'll have to wait till next summer now though.  Too busy outside in spring.

large/gigantic flower pots

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 15:03

The show is definitely more Monty's World than Gardeners' World.  he and the production team need to take a step back and think about how ordinary folk garden, often on pocket hankerchief sized plots with available time and budgets to suit.

There need to be more simple solutions and design suggestions for common design and garden problems.    I can afford to buy three roses at a time but not if I also want clematis or other shrubs and perennials so I'd like to see the return of Carol on propagating for multiplying to save money but also for insurance against bad weather.  Also a section on dealing with common pests both organically and with products available to ordinary gardeners.

Quick survey for University research

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 14:04

It wouldn't have taken much gumption or much research to find out a bit more about gardeners, especially if the project is a product design and placement.   Even just picking up a weekly or monthly gardening magazine would have been an eye opener re this quiz.

Do you give a fig?

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 13:03

I have colder winters than most of the UK and have had very severe winters for the last 5 years.   My fig in a pot has had all its top growth frozen to bits for several years on the run so it's a while since I've had any figs to eat and I was about to throw it out until I discovered new shoots at the base in June.   It is now in the ground in the greenhouse and doing very well.   I have had to remove several spare stems in order to fan train the rest against the back wall.

I think it would be fairly safe to prune yours right back if your really want to but it would perhaps be better to cut the stems back by half in order to encourage new stems from the base and from higher up to promote a bushier plant.

 

Quick survey for University research

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 12:10

Have to agree about the questions.  Very limited and unimaginative and, as Dove says, show a poor knowledge of gardening either as a necessity or an enthusiastic hobby or means of growing one's own fruit and veg.

Box Blight

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 11:12

Monty didn't have box blight.  He'd neglected his hedges because of illness then trimmed them too late in the season so they got frost bite.

You can try cutting yours back to healthy wood to see if they regenerate over the next year.   Destroy all the removed wood and tidy up any fallen stems and foliage then treat the plant and the area with a fungicide.

Chillis not yet ripe but it's winter?

Posted: 13/11/2013 at 23:06

I freeze some for adding to soups as they get blitzed so it doesn't matter that they go a bit mushy when thawed.  I use some frozen ones in curries.  I make chilli jam with fresh chillies and which makes an excellent seasoning for soups and sauces but also a good spread for a ham sandwich or goats cheese.  

This year I've also strung them up on vertical strings of sewing thread which I've hung in the kitchen window facing south and above a radiator so they'll dry.  It looks very festive as there are green, yellow, red, purple and black ones.

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