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Posted: 04/11/2014 at 17:41

I tried this years ago but it froze to death in a bad winter.  However, a friend of mine who has a more sheltered garden has one and it has survived hard winters and usually has masses of berries in autumn.

Strictly 2014

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 11:10

Very pleased the voting public has at last got it right and sent off one of the non dancers.    Scott may have improved but he'll never be any good as hasn't a clue about rhythm or deportment or technique.

Alison clearly has rhythm but it's not enough.   Her feet are heavy and badly placed and all the activity is up top.    She doesn't need heels to help her move.  I now do my ballroom casses and balls in one inch heels following reconstructive foot surgery on both feet in 2013.  I still can't do the samba bounce or the jive but everything else is OK, including salsa.

I can't understand Judy Murray.  She's fit as a fiddle but stiff as a board.  Not a single cell of her body seems to feel the music and respond.    

Totally agree with Dove about ages and sizes.  Our dance club has people aged 9 to 69 and all shapes and sizes.  It's fun, it's sociable, it exercises the brain and the body so is great for both mental and physical health.    What's not to love?

Blueberry Winter Care

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 10:48

Give it a top dressing of blood, fish and bone or pelleted chicken manure next spring and work it into the top layer of soil.  Give occasional feeds of liquid tomato food when watering from early spring to fruting time.  That'll help it produce more flowers and fruit.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 10:46

Good.  Today's mission is getting my seed raised perennials in the ground at last now I've gt their nex home cleared of weeds.

Have seen rhododendrons in flower, is there an autumn flowering species?

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:51

Not that I know of but friends who grow lots of rhodos always have some that pop a few flowers in autumn, especially when the season has had confused weather with hot and cold, dry and wet spells - like this autumn.

Blueberry Winter Care

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:45

They are very hardy bt will appreciate some protectio for the worst of winter.   When mine were in pots I'd move them to a sheltered corner out f teh way of the strongest westerlies and coldest easterlies as this helps prevent the loss of the ends of branches through dessciation or freezing and helps ensure a decent crop.

Now I have them in the ground and can't move them I put a protective windbreak round them and leave it up till after the last frosts to protect the blossom.  In a normal year we get down to -15C for a few weeks and, apart from last year, -25C and worse have been frequent occurences over the last few years.

This year I lost every single blossom to a hail tornado whilst away at Chelsea so from now on the windbreak will stay up till I get back.

Purple Carrots

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 22:59

The purple carrots I grew had orange centres and were very tasty.   Must have another go next year.

I tried yellow beetroots one year but we didn't like them.   Love the purple ones though, and their leaves, though I do fancy trying the stripy chioggia ones.

Olearia x haastii

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 22:44

Same here Berghill.   I don't buy anything that says it's nesh but Bishop's Children dahlias do OK in pots and this year i've had a couple in the borders as they got going so early after the exceptionally mild winter.

I can't get flowers on hydrangea macrophylla either but I have recently discovered the paniculatas which are a joy and now I have several.     I bought and planted a new HP Diamant Rouge at a plant fair a few weeks ago and it has turned a fabulous deep, rich red in both flower and foliage.   Luscious.


Posted: 31/10/2014 at 17:29

I get really cold winters so grow mine in pots which I over winter in a cold but insulated greenhouse.   A few years ago I lost the lot but it was an exceptonally long, cold winter with weeks below -20C.    

Nothing daunted, I now have more including some babies of the original plants returend to me by friends who had received seedlings from me.

In the UK, they should be OK in pots in a greenhouse but be careful not to bring them back outside too early next spring and start watering slowly and leaving the greenhouse doors open during the day so they can get accustomed to the temps outside again.

Olearia x haastii

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 17:24

I've never heard of this so looked it up.   Various sites suggest it's a good hedging plant in mild and coastal areas so no good to me in this garden then.

It can be hard pruned or lightly pruned in April, according to need.

I like the look of it so it's going on my wishlist for if/when I get a more sheltered garden.    Another gem Berghill.

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