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Foxglove babies

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:35

Some foxgloves are perennials but the ones most often grown in UK gardens are biennials which means they germinate and grow basal rosettes one year then grow bigger, flower, set seed and die the second year.

The native biennial ones and their variations are very hardy so should be planted out asap in tehir final positions.   I find the perennial ones can be short lived so last just 3 or 4 years and they aren't as hardy so, to survive winter here in an exposed part of central Belgium, they need to be in a sheltered spot in my garden.

Wisteria Pruning

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 19:53

The RHS offers this advice - http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=242

As you will see, there are two pruning sessions to keep a wisteria looking good.  You may want to wait till Jan/Feb to follow the instructions for the winter pruning and then you do it again in July/August.

Talkback: Give borders an autumn boost

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 09:20

A friend of mine has a stunning specimen about 5' high and wide and covered in purple berries.  She's over near Zaventem and more sheltered than my garden which is a frost pocket.

Talkback: Give borders an autumn boost

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 23:23

I've tried this shrub twice and neither survived winter.   Callicarpa's another wusspot.

Both are gorgeous though and at their best in autumn so good value.

hedge cutting survey

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 14:57

We have a Stihl electroc job which needs a service and a good sharpen.  OH hate sit so has bought himself some hand shears - to do 7m x 2m of hawthron hedge, 10 m x 2 m of conifer hedge and he's also done my 20m x 60cm box hedge after the leccy trimmers shredded the leaves.  We do the holly hedge with secateurs.

Good Berries

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 22:25

Skimmias have good red berries as long as you choose the right one as some need a boy and a girl plant to get the berries whilst others are hermaphrodite and produce berries on tehir own.  They need acid soil to do well - http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Harlow-Carr/About-Harlow-Carr/Plant-of-the-month/December/Skimmia-japonica-subsp-reevesiana

Hydranga problem

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 22:22

What kind of hydrangea is it, how old is it and where is it planted?

Some hydrangeas don't like full sun, some need damper soil than others and they all like fertile soil to do well.

Lost,stolen or strayed?

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 22:15

Some of the posters on the Beeb boards met up at Harlow Carr one year and it went very well.   I have met up with others at RHS shows and we still chat privately.

I dare say you could organise regional meets in a suitable public garden.  It can be good to put faces to names.

hedge cutting survey

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 10:56

Instant problem with the first question.  Some people still use shears as they get a better finish.   Your survey assumes everyone is motorised.  An opportunity missed to investigate alternative means.

something in the air

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 13:24

If all the pleasant people decide to leave because of one or two people who either forget their manners, or are habitually brusque or downright rude and offensive then there'd be no-one left to help the new people, discuss the many solutions usually available with more experienced gardeners and have a friendly chat when there's nothing much doing in the garden.

Please focus on the positives and ignore the negatives.  

Also, please remember that we all read posts in our own tone of voice so we need to be careful about how our replies can be read and interpreted by more sensitive souls.

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