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What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 14:59

Still sunny and hot

you know!  I have no doubt the storm will miss us in Cornwall and tomorrow will be another good one.  Absolutely positive,  totally sure....

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 14:50

Of course, we all like different it should be nanny beach 

just to rub it in, I'm having a cool lager.  Really hot but wind is increasing 

GWRS, I divide them now and then but keep most in the ground.  The cannas like it here and I think they are spectacular.  If you dig up...or grow in a large container.....and overwinter in a cool gh and then start them off as early as possible next spring and then in early summer place in a warm sunny spot, cannas should flower.  They get better into early autumn 

here are some of mine

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 12:32


well done.  Clearly a lot of hard graft there.  Keep us up to date will be worth all the effort 

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 12:22

Let me welcome you to the forum Susan 

pleased that someone else enjoys lupins....a favourite of mine too 

re tulips, I'm afraid you will have to replace tulips every year.  Some survive perennially but many, esp the newer varieties, rarely do unless they are dug up and bagged indoors.

your dahlias will form tubers.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 12:18

GD, I know the storm to come is a vicious one.......just enjoying the sun today anyway.

surprised this storm hasnt been named.......they usually are.  

Got a couple of delphiniums looking wonderful and good ss their first flowering....but I will be surprised if they remain intact despite being supported . Ah well! Such is gardening 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 12:12

Sorry nanny beach.  People do love their bananas but I ( r spectfully) don't see why.   rare to see a perfect specimen.   They look nice for the first day outside then......  even if your cannas don't flower their foliage ranges from psychedelic Phasion through green/white/yellow to green.  They should flower though if our summer continues into autumn 

Hey PP, I fell off a ladder yesterday so you were lucky.  A silly so and so kept shouting "don't fall off".  I turned to say "try not to" and I fell.  Only thing hurt was my pride, not really I had to laugh 

Nematodes???should i and how to use to control sawfly on gooseberry bushes

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 11:56

I use neem oil in autumn and in early spring.  I clean around the base in Nivember removing all debris and spray with  neem oil .  A mulch after. 

I spray all wood thoroughly to run off

haven't had sawfly for a few years now.

winter tar wash was very effective but now not available.  There is an alternative winter wash 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 10:35

Supposed to be stormy but......

Some beginner questions

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 23:22

Ripply, you are over thinking this.

yes phlox like all herbaceous perenials do "die away" in winter.  However, some "twiggyness" remains .  These twigs will be replaced by new shoots in early can simply snap the old foliage off then

you are right,  there is nothing to see there in that spot in winter but you can mitigate this bareness.  Bulbs like daffodils, lilies ,snowdrops etc  can be planted alongside....not too close because perennials will get bigger every year.  Planting evergreen perennials like lupins or biennials like wallflowers nearby will provide greenery and flowers in the winter. 

the trick is to learn about different plants....when and how they grow and flower etc.  Hellebores will flower in late winter for example.  After several years I have learned enough to grow plants so that bare spots are not displayed too much.  Getting to know plants is the way to go 

mulching herbaceous plamts will help avoid weeds encroaching but remember weeds do not grow much in the winter anyway.  Weeds will not have much of a foothold where perennials are planted 

sorry if this sounds patronising ...I don't mean to be.  the main thing is to enjoy growing things you REALLY like and aim for something to flower or provide interest throughout the year.  

Meanwhile, RELAX.  Enjoy the journey 


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 22:34

DR, just a thank you for those schedules.  Much appreciated  

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