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The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 08:08
Pleased to hear you're ok Lunaria. I don't like strong winds - I lie awake imagining the roof ripping off or the chimney crashing onto the bed!
Do you have a nice ornamental evergreen shrub abt 2m high you can recommend for a cold windy corner?

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 17:21

Lunaria - hope everything is ok tonight. A cliff top location sounds idyllic - but it also obviously bears the full force of nature's more ferocious offerings. Fingers crossed for you. 

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 14:16

Re taking seeds and cuttings in gardens open to the public - I spent a season many years ago as a volunteer in a local garden opened primarily for the water gardens and azalea / rhodie displays. I was often on 'escort' duty for group visits and we were asked to ensure that people did not damage the plants. The advice was to especially watch out for 'little old ladies with nail scissors taking cuttings'.

The thought was - if one person takes a cutting properly it will do no harm. If a thousand people visit over the course of a few days and they all take a cutting from the same plant & some do it badly - the plant will suffer. Much the same with gathering seeds really - especially annoying if it is a garden which relies on propagation and nursery sales for part of it's income.

I have always found that if you approach a gardener and ask if they would mind you taking a cutting or seed head - they will say yes. Gardeners are generally the most generous group of people I know 

Japanese anenome

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 18:25
I am beginning to think these are Marmite plants

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:30

Three days outdoors on the trot for me too - starting to feel as though some progress is being made.

Today - first sighting of ladybirds, huge bumble bee on my hellebore, clouds of gnats in the evening sun, sparrows, blackbirds, wrens and robins all very busy in the hedge and lots of green buds poking through the soil. Also first (in 2015) mug of tea on the bench in the sun without a coat on - happy sunbathing cat by my side - distant hum of lawn mower. I can definitely feel my sap rising now!!!  

Scarifying: what is it?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 13:04

As you have probably gathered Des - I'm not a groundsman type gardener but I might know the answer to this

Sandier soils drain much quicker than heavy clay ones so (I think) brushing the sand into the holes is a way of getting sand into the soil under the turf and improves drainage.

Japanese anenome

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 21:59
I waged war on inherited japanese anemones in my previous garden where they were real thugs in the borders. They were also a very boring dull pink & only flowered for about 2 weeks. Finally managed to restrain them into a couple of manageable patches.

I have, however, chosen to plant them in my new garden. I have chosen prettier colours and forms and last year they were in flower for nearly 3 months. They are in a large woodland border where not too much else is happening at ground level in late summer & I am happy for them to spread a little. I will, however, be nipping any signs of rampant take over in the bud!

Clumps of crocus with no flowers

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 21:48
Well done Yvie - I think you could be right. My grape hyacinths are just leaves at the moment - absolutely no sign of flower buds - but there will be in a months time

Japanese anenome

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 18:01

I agree with Verdun and Stevie that membrane would almost certainly not work in this instance & that cultivation & zapping are the only way to go.

Do you know how long the plants have been there Foxy? If they are still (relative) babies (say 1 - 3 yrs old) the root systems will be much less developed and much easier to dig out. If, however, they are established plants it will be harder to eradicate them.

I suggest you dig the 2 beds over systematically & thoroughly as soon as you can and try to remove every last bit of the root systems. Then go back and dig them again in 2 weeks time - you will almost certainly have missed some. Assuming the beds are relatively small I, personally, would repeat the process a couple more times at 2 - 3 week intervals - depends how keen you are. By then we will be into early summer so I would take Verdun's advice and perhaps put some annuals in for this year & apply weedkiller if any new anemone growth does pop up.

I suppose you could pack pots of lavender in the beds (if the pots would be hidden by the box hedging) and just lift them out every couple of weeks to check for new anemone growth - but I would probably be more inclined to go with the annuals

I would hope the programme of planned cultivation and systemic weedkiller could eradicate the problem in one season but, if it doesn't, I am afraid there is little point in planting the lavender until you are on top of the problem. 

Clumps of crocus with no flowers

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 13:56

Don't get me started on the squirrels GG...

They dug in all my pots last autumn burying their nuts & foraging for bulbs - forgot to protect them with the mesh for just one night!

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