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Greenhouse exposed to wind advice needed

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 16:39

Be sure to use very sturdy supports for your windbreak. I put this fabric up to protect my garden this winter, attaching it to posts buried in 2' of concrete and the increased wind resistance has meant the recent gales have blown every post to a drunken 45° angle because the soil is so wet it had no resistance.   We'll be addressing that problem over the long weekend.

On the other hand, the fruit bushes and overwintered curly kales are still standing in the veg plot and there has been no wind damage in the rest of the garden except for a few old plastic chairs blowing about.

Fuschia fuss

Posted: 01/04/2015 at 05:57

I have fuchsias overwintered in teh greenhouse in their hanging baskets which are lined with coir mats so well insulated.  I've been giving them water for a month and no sign of any growth at all.   However, their progeny taken from cuttings last spring and grown on in a long plastic window box, also kept in the unheated greenhouse are happily showing fresh green leaves and shoots.


Posted: 30/03/2015 at 16:33

I like the yellow ones too and will look out for some, assuming my garden will suit them.   Research coming up.


Posted: 30/03/2015 at 14:46

Thanks CharleyD.   Keukenhof is quite impressive and changes its display every year.  Here's another muscari river.



Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:51

There are several types of muscari.   I like latifolium which has larger, two tone blue flowers and broader leaves than the usual kind.    Muscari look lovely planted in drifts.  I've seen them at Keukenhof planted to look like rivers of blue through other bulbs and shrubs.



Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:43

Change of soil type and fertility?  Moisture levels?  Sunshine levels?

What were you gardening before and what's the soil like in your new garden?   

Loosing my followed threads

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 10:58

It seems a bit hit and miss.  Not all the discussions I follow appear in my list either.

bad day

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 10:44

Horrendous winds here yesterday and overnight and the night before too so two nights of broken sleep.   We have a 2m high mesh fence at the back of the veggie plot made by screwing 5 x 2m lengths of builders' wire mesh for concrete reinforcing to tall posts bedded in concrete.  I use it to train tayberries and a loganberries and sometimes pumpkins up into the sun for ripening.

This year I have strung a porous windbreak fabric along the bottom metre to protect my fruits bushes and reduce the flow of frosts down the ill from behind.   The whole lot is now leaning at a drunken 45° and needs struts to hold it up again.   A normal wooden trellis fence is similarly wobbly and needs tying up till we can support it properly.

A pile of 6 plastic garden chairs went for a 20m spin along the back of the house and was only stopped by a small hedge.    I have yet to venture out to check the greenhouse and other plants and assorted pots along the froint as it is still blowing and raining hard.


shop bought spring onions

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 20:03

I should imagine proper onion sets form a garden shop or stall are cheaper per item than spring onions sold in grocers and supermarkets and they are primed to grow whereas spring onions have been harvested, had their roots and tops trimmed, been sorted, packed and chilled and bunched.   All traumatic stuff they will have difficulty overcoming.  

Ideas for a burial plot

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 18:28

I am sorry for you loss and understand your desire to have an attractive grave to visit.  I  think you've made a good decision taking up the wildflowers and planting roses and bulbs but you can still plant things to attract bees and other insects.    

Are the fairy roses tall enough to be underplanted with something like hardy geraniums?   These come in a variety of colours from white through pinks and purples to blue and also vary in size and leaf forms and their flowers are attractive to insects so will keep the wildflower theme going for you.

Geums are good doers and also come in a variety of flower colours on the warm side of the spectrum if they will look better with the flowers of your roses.  BOth geraniums and geums will disguise the dying foliage of teh bulbs once they go over.

Lavender is a classic plant combination with roses but again depends on their size.  Munstead and Hidcote are hardy and floriferous and adored by insects such as bees.   They need to be trimmed back after flowering finishes to keep them neat and compact, just cutting into the top inch of the foliage to keep them healthy.  You could use them as a small hedge round the edge of the grave with other plants inside.

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