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Tidying up herbaceous plants for winter

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 14:39
Thanks for comments folks - think I'll tidy what I can and if weather gets rough, I will leave till spring.

In the meantime - anybody offer advice on Crocosmia Lucifer. It started yellowing on a few leaves in early September after flowering in July, and I thought by October it would have all gone brown - but most of it is still green!!! That is something I do want to clear out the way as its fallen over with recent heavy rain. Will I starve the newly forming corms if I cut back now? I was thinking about cutting back to around 6" above ground.

Tidying up herbaceous plants for winter

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 20:49
I'm in two minds about clearing up summers perennials that are now fading from green to yellow/brown. Somebody once told me to simply leave it to provide winter protection for the plant, and the garden wildlife (both good and bad), but I have a friend who clears all dead growth, which enables her to fork over her beds and apply a winter mulch of well rotted manure and compost over the plants before winter really sets in. Is there a preferred method (from the plants/wildlife point of view), or is it simply down to the gardeners preference?

Bulb planters

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 20:08
I recently purchased one of these...

http://www.josephbentley.co.uk/Store/Product/JBY0049.aspx

1p change from ??30, but worth every penny in my opinion. It has stood up to planting in ground where I get a constant supply of small pebbles and flints working their way up to the surface. If I use a trowel it goes no further then the pebble. I could have bought one a bulb planter a third of the price but it would not have lasted. I like it because being a long handled one, I can get plenty of welly behind it.

You can buy on line, but mine was cheaper at the Garden Centre. Life time guarantee.

Siberian Iris

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 21:39
Is it too late to split up and/or move Siberian Iris? The leaves are just starting to go yellow at the tips. Or, can I move successfully in the spring before they kick back in to life. This would be better as I can do it at the same time I plan to move other things around the garden.

Helleborus niger in family garden- too dangerous?

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 12:14
That's probably not a bad thing. Pigeons are nothing more than rats with wings.

Autumn planting of Alliums (not!!)

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 15:36
How's this for not thinking ahead!! Bought some alliums from T&M which arrived last week, however, I cant get into my borders to plant them because too much growth abounds from existing herbaceous and other planting and I don't want (or need to) cut anything back to enable me to get them in the ground. Should I simply pot them up into plastic pots and then transfer them to open ground when there are a few more gaps when things have died down. Assume they will be happy to be moved late autumn/ winter (assuming its not freezing cold or very wet). Ive got about 60 bulbs in all. :-/

Helleborus niger in family garden- too dangerous?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 23:48
If you look in any garden with a handful of plants, at least one or two of them will be poisoness. Do you have daffidils in your garden in Spring? They are poisoness. Most of the toxin is found in the bulbs, but the leaves and stems carry alkaloids that can be damaging to health. During the second world war, the Dutch out of desperation fed daffodil bulbs to their starving cattle - the cattle died.

At least 40% of all plant families contain plants that carry alkaloids - some alkaloids can be harmful and fatal, whilst others help to wake us up in the morning (ie coffee).

With so many posioness plants in the garden, and inquisative children, you'd think there would be control of toxic plants, or big warning notices on plant labels saying don't let children (or anybody else) eat this plant. In fact, such warnings are few and far between, because its clearly a very rare incident.

Security

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 19:13

What about trip wires connected to personal attack alarms which are discretely located in the undergrowth?  As the wire is tripped, then it sends out an ear piercing alarm, which they won't be able to muffle because they won't be able to see it.  They will scarper for fear of being discovered.  If you have a two or three and keep moving them around the site, then it only takes a few episodes of it going off and they'll think the whole allotment is wired.

Suppose it depends on the effectiveness of neighbours to the allotment and if they would be happy to act as unpaid security every time something or somebody trips the alarms.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Decibel-Keyring-Personal-Alarms-Electronics/dp/B0050HVT7Q/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1347991816&sr=8-7

 

Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 21:03
No, just the food hut. My garden is very small (modern housing develoment), so my hogs just come, feed, and go. I'd love to put in a hog box, but being such a small garden, I fear any resident hog would be disturbed too much for example mowing the lawn at weekends. Also, being such a small garden, it doesnt have the space for the untidy areas (ie fallen leaf mounds) that hogs love.

Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 20:42
Happy to report - has just left the filing box, and went straight to food hut - face now in a bowl of Spike, mealworm and chicken breast. Hog happy, family relaxed!

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