Shrinking Violet

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Posted: 29/10/2016 at 17:43

It grows naturally in sub-tropical areas, and even Cornwall can't compete with that.  I had one a few years ago, and kept it on the patio in summer and indoors for the winter.  It is a lovely plant, but a bit particular about keeping it warm etc.  But I doubt that the great outdoors in the UK would be anything like warm enough.  Others may, of course, have different experiences.

Any one Any Painfull Gardening Memories

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 17:37

Well, Ladybird, we may be "hardy perennials" but there are enough tales of slips, trips and close calls to make your blood run cold!

I recall that a keen gardener bled to death because when she fell, the secateurs in her pocket severed the femoral artery, and she was alone, with no-one close at hand.  Now that is a cautionary tale if ever I heard one.  I've been extra careful with secateurs ever since.

I have to smile when I think of some of silly and downright dangerous things I did as a child, not least of which was playing on waste land and cutting my foot open on rusty corrugated iron.  Limped home.  Shoe full of blood.  Father washed it, bandaged it and that was it.  No medical attention.  No stitches (and I still have the scar!).  I survived, but just think how the tale could have ended.

Any one Any Painfull Gardening Memories

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:40

All of which reminds me that we gardeners ought to keep up with our tetanus injections.  And be very aware that a mere scratch from a rose thorn, for example, can lead to sepsis.

(It's a wonder we ever venture into the garden with all the perils of pests and infections that await us there )

Re planting Clematis and Miscanthus Grasses

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:33

I know how heavy the roots can be!  But the current clump was divided in the spring, potted up and brought with me when we moved last year.  It is absolutely fine at the moment, but I shall divide etc. next autumn.

Re planting Clematis and Miscanthus Grasses

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:25

Well, Verdun, that means I have been putting up with large clumps of miscanthus for many years when I could have divided them when sorting out the other plants in the autumn!  But I know now, and will remember it in future.  My current clump is just about getting to the right size, but next year it will certainly need attention.  Thank you.

Dahlias in Devon - in the ground or not?

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:21

The tried and trusted way of drying out dahlias is to cut back the stems, shake of surplus soil from the tubers, and then invert them so that moisture drains out of the stems.  When you cut them, you will see that the main stems are hollow, which can result in water collecting and contributing to the tubers going soft. Once reasonably dry they can be stored for the winter, either wrapped in newspaper or kept in dry sand.

It would be possible to leave them in their pots and allow them to dry out, of course, providing you kept  them dry and under cover ie frost-free.

PS It may well be that newer advice is different from this method, but I have done it for years, having learnt it at my mother's knee!   And she loved her garden!

Re planting Clematis and Miscanthus Grasses

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 18:05

I have always found that miscanthus is best left overwinter without being cut down, and that it moves and divides better in the spring.  Most plants, however, move easily at this time of year.

Dahlias in Devon - in the ground or not?

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 18:03

I'm in Devon, too, and have lifted my dahlias today to be stored overwinter.  In the past, in even warmer Somerset, I have gone down the "leave & mulch" route, but have found that they can still be vulnerable to the cold and, as Hosta has  said, the wet of winter.

Once the tubers have drained and dried, I shall wrap them in newspaper and store until next spring.  It works for me, and the plants don't become too large for their space, which they can otherwise do. It is easy to split the tubers to make extra plants, too.

I hated cutting out the flowers when they were still giving me so much colour in the garden, but some of the leaves had been blackened by the bit of early frost we had recently.

On the plus side, I now have two vases of colour indoors!

Plant ID and advice appreciated.

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 16:57

Looks like a Lantana to me, though the pic is a bit blurred.

Vandals in Sheffield

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 21:49

I seem to recall that the horse chestnuts are not suffering from disease, as such (although there is some evidence of a weeping canker, or something like that, in some trees) but that the leaves are infested with leaf miners - the larvae of a particular moth.  This causes the leaves to turn brown and autumnal-looking early, and the leaves drop prematurely.

This, in itself, does not apparently harm the trees, although there may be as yet undiscovered consequences.  But stopping the spread of the moth is difficult, and it may be that "disease" is used as a shorthand for getting rid of some lovely mature specimens.

As for the wholesale destruction of trees whilst claiming to act on behalf of the population at large seems somewhat perverse.  Nick Clegg is, as Philippa suggests, MP for Sheffield Hallam.  (I think he has a little more spare time these days, so may be willing to help )

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