- Am enthusiastic when weather permits. Love perennials and wildlife. Garden is very exposed and on times very windy. Have recently reduced my working days so hopefully can spend more time outdoors pottering around garden.
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11 Jan 2017 18:19
Sunny but extremely windy in Swansea. Nice, clear sky now with lovely moon but still a bit blowy. Think we're forecast for rain tomorrow
11 Jan 2017 18:16
Whoo hoo even better
11 Jan 2017 17:56
really ??? interesting, I may be able to get away with trimming it a bit more then !!!
11 Jan 2017 17:54
hello, thanks for your replies.
I am such a numpty, didn't think to look at delivery date
they are Hardy Geraniums, so by end of March they should be ok in shed for a few weeks ???
I am in windy Swansea
11 Jan 2017 17:29
hello, I have a lovely Weigela that has been in the same place for quite a number of years now. it used to get full sun but since we built my new shed, it needs to be moved to another part of the garden. I hard pruned about 2 years ago and last year (before new shed) it put on a lot of new top growth and flowered as well. the new growth is quite splindly because it grew from the pruned older branches.
my question is this -- if I cut down some of the spindly branches so that we can dig it out without getting whipped by them, and re-plant it, will the shrub survive ???
11 Jan 2017 17:23
hello, I planted a Red Robin quite a few years ago and it did take a long time to get going above ground, so much so that I even considered digging it up and chucking it because nothing seemed to be happening. then it seemed to have an enormous growth spurt suddenly.
anyway, last year I had to hard prune it because it had taken over the corner of the border where it's planted !!! thankfully it has already started new growth as well
be patient, keep it well watered in dry spells, remove the grass around the base so that they are not competing for nutrients and enjoy
11 Jan 2017 17:12
hello and Happy New year to all gardeners
I have seen an offer for Geraniums which I love and do absolutely brilliantly in my borders. they are for bare-rooted plants.
I am tempted to order them but because I don't have a greenhouse, I wondered if they would die before I had a chance to plant them ??
would they survive in an unheated shed with lots of light if I potted them up when they arrived ?? the shed is water-tight.
24 Nov 2016 08:30
hello, not sure if this is just a problem that I am having. Although I have indicated to receive an email when another person replies to my question, I do not get this confirmation at all. I check my "spam" or junk mail and there's nothing there either. it's really frustrating because I do not visit the forum regularly but check my emails every day.
Not sure what i'm doing wrong ???
06 Nov 2016 17:20
Can I ask Jacqueline where she purchased her smaller fleece jackets from ??
I have 27 x pots in total around the patio/garden. Some are quite large and I have jackets big enough to cover those, but I cannot find smaller ones to fit the smaller pots despite looking on various gardening websites.
A few of those in her picture look about the same size as my smaller pots.
Hope her operation is successful
06 Nov 2016 17:06
we've had sun but very strong, cold winds in South wales. did manage to do bit of tidying up but wind got to me after a while. clear skies again so probably frosty again tonight.
06 Nov 2016 16:56
hello, for the first time in years I had to store my apples picked because I was in the middle of emptying/defrosting my freezer. they were stored in my newly constructed shed in a large plant pot. I went to get them today and found that they had all gone soft, they haven't rotted yet but wasn't sure if I could still use them. I have 2 x questions --
why have they gone soft and can I use them or is it too late ?? (I don't want to poison us)
19 Sep 2016 21:29
hello, thanks for all the replies, was afraid of something like that. Oh well, plan B it is then keep them for next year instead. Perhaps i'll buy some summer bedding to put in them instead and empty them in time for winter !!!
18 Sep 2016 13:13
hello, I bought 2 x lovely glazed pots/saucers a while back intending to put bulbs in them. Have since discovered they are not frost-proof so am wary of keeping them outside in winter. Can't use them indoors as they are too big. Can I put something in them that dies down over winter and leave them in an unheated but very light shed until Spring ??? Will the plants survive being inside ??
was thinking about selling them on but really like them.
any advice welcome,
08 Jun 2016 10:37
yep when I retire am going to get a dog, am sick of everyone else's cats pooping in garden and using it as a short cut to go elsewhere. why should I have to put up with their cat using my garden as a toilet and also leaving the corpses of dead animals here as well. they wouldn't like it if i took my dog to their garden and let it poop there would they
rant over !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
08 Jun 2016 10:26
the problem is we don't all have baby birds that flock to our garden, I know I don't. we have lots of Jackdaws and Magpies that usually scare away the smaller birds so essentially I have lots of pests on all my plants.
If you don't want to use chemicals, use a water sprayer filled with dilute washing up liquid/water and spray the plants that are covered in pests.
08 Jun 2016 10:21
so am I right in thinking that a 10 x inch pot is too big ???
what babies, don't have any ???
sorry am confused now doesn't take much
08 Jun 2016 09:54
was thinking about trying to buy a different stand, one which would accommodate both plants (have a different plant in similar sized pot) but wasn't sure how sturdy they would be. As there aren't any places in Swansea where they are on display, am loathe to buy one online because if it's not suitable would have the hassle of having to try and send it back (hate doing that !! The dimensions of the stands are ok but not sure if they would take the weight of 2 x large pots filled with compost when watered. The websites don't give this sort of useful information !!!
will have to get my thinking cap on again
08 Jun 2016 09:27
I suppose it depends on how many plants and how much compost you require. a lot of places charge for delivery and if you're not buying huge quantities, then it can work out quite an expensive hobby.
why not ask your friends/relatives if they would be kind enough to take you to a garden centre to pick up things, and as a reward you could buy them a cream tea or give them something towards the cost of the petrol ??
08 Jun 2016 09:21
it's probably a fox. i have terrible problems all over my garden. the poo absolutely stinks and it's really, really attractive to dogs !!! when they roll in it -- OMG you need to run for cover as you can smell it for miles !!!
they poo on the patio slabs, on the steps, on the path as well as the grass, it's so annoying, I am forever having to hose down places where they've been !!! they've also dug up my lily bulbs earlier in the year that are in pots as well, wish they weren't so damned clever then I could keep them out of my garden for ever
08 Jun 2016 08:59
hello, I've bought quite a few nice plants in Morrison's and it usually tells you on the lables that they are good for insects/bees/butterflies. also wyvale put good info on their plants/labels as well. don't forget when you plant your shrubs, to keep them well - watered for the first year to help them establish a good root run. have a look on the RHS website which gives lots of information on this subject.
good luck and enjoy