philippa smith2

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Frozen containers :-/

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 17:38

Whilst I agree that bubblewrapping a terracotta pot is a good idea ( but before it freezes rather than when frozen  ) and helps to protect the pot, sealing the exterior with varnish surely does away with the porous nature of this material ? IMO, it also spoils the look of the pots and means they won't "age" naturally.

Far more sensible to use a more robustly constructed pot/container if you are unable to protect the terracotta during frosty periods.


Plants you don't like...are there any?

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 17:51

Salvia "Hot Lips".........quite the most insipid salvia........apologies to those who love it

Sweet peas

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 16:12

When you say you moved them into the Non Heated section, do you mean that you were growing them in a Heated section ?  

If so, the sudden change in temps would be a bit of a shock for seedlings wouldn't it ?

Your post doesn't make it quite clear so feel free to ignore me if I have the wrong end of the stick 

best unusual house-plants

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 14:35

It's easy enough Mr. M just need to make sure that you don't get too carried away with the length and neglect the centre.  Very easy to propagate too.

It also withstands quite low temps as I discovered this morning - I'd left my plant out on top of the water butt last night - unintentionally I might add 

climbing hydrangea help ?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 17:16

You can actually move a Cl Hydrangea even if it is attached to the wall . As above, they do prefer a shady spot but need good light too.  I've always found East or West facing suits them best.

In my current garden, one was planted up against a fully south facing wall and did not like it at all.  I moved it last year and it is much happier.  Admittedly, you will need to either cut to the base and then allow the new growth to attach itself to your wall/ fence or WHY or keep as much long growth as possible and use wires to support it. Done in early Autumn, there is time for the roots to establish.

From your description of the site, it is perhaps just be a matter of time before yours gets it's act together

Climate Change?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 16:10

Not sure I agree that a Gardening forum should avoid discussion/debate on this topic.  It does affect gardeners as much as anyone else and each of us has a view based on our experience.

Recording of the climate as such is a relatively modern thing - for aeons past, we have to rely on various scientific evidence which is being uncovered on a regular basis.  Some of the evidence has been proven to be a little biased ( can't recall the exact incident which came up a few years ago ) but that would seem to be one off. Interpretation of the evidence is not easy for the layman and I assume that is why the subject is so controversial.

A political ruse ?  Could very well be.  America's plan to burn more fossil fuels in the future is certainly politically inspired.  As always, most countries seek to do what is best for their economy so nothing new there.

Just from my experience ( 27 years plus a bit  ), seasons have altered quite drastically and weather "events" as they are termed these days seem more regular, harsher and due to instant news, we all hear about them.

Mind you, I could do with a bit of Global Warming here at the mo - clear sky and distinctly cool  ( and smilies on the blink again too ).

It's an interesting topic if we play nicely I think.

Frost Protection for Bay Trees

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 17:23

It will depend on the size of your Bays and how sheltered the site is - unless you are subject to really harsh winters, they shouldn't suffer particularly.

If you are referring to the "Lollipop" ones , they do seem to require a bit more coddling.  

It is much better to make a sort of frame if you intend to fleece so during wet weather, you don't have wet fleece touching the leaves if and when it then turns frosty.

Can anybody tell me what this plant is?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 17:13

Agree with HC - "yellow wave" is one of the best Phormiums IMO.

If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 17:10

Native orchids to naturalise - particularly Purple spotted and Pyramid.  Also a Kerria jap. - more mundane I know but I haven't seen any for sale recently.

A Puzzle to help you over the winter

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 16:37


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