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Talkback: Protect cordyline for winter

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 22:16

It's the wet too though.  Cold and wet is potentially fatal to cordylines over winter


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:48

Makes sense Vic.    have lost count of number of hellebores I have but includes doubles and singles and some quite special named varieties.  Make sure the soil is enriched....mushroom compost is ideal.  


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:44

Yes keep totally dry now Allotmentmad.  I've divided a couple of dahlias today.....put them in pots of dry compost.  Won't start watering until early spring when I see shoots.

Talkback: Protect cordyline for winter

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:37

Hello Diane

Your Cordyline should be ok in the garage.....does it have a window?  won't need watering.


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:54

Yep, hellebores are a passion of mine too.  Nothing better in winter and early spring.  

Book Lovers and Library Users

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:49

I don't use the library service but I know plenty who do.

library services have been cut to the bone here too Philippa along with care for the elderly and for those with learning difficulties.  "Austerity" is all very well but what about the well being of those badly affected by it?  

I think we should pay more to keep these welfare services functioning.  Those avoiding taxes.......celebrities, big business etc....should now pay their dues.  Pay cuts for the workers should also apply to the bosses.....our own unitary council has just announced more job losses and pay cuts yet the "bosses" are determined to keep their full pay.  No, Mr Cameron, we are not "all in it together" 


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:00

Busy, because I am always impatient.  Can't be bothered to go get gloves.  

Its been lovely here.....mostly sunny with the odd sharp shower.

plenty more wallflowers planted.  I keep grasses uncut .....miscanthus and calamagrostis....for winter effect but cutting back most everything else. 

Bill, respect to you 

keeping most of my cannas in Punkdoc but always divide a few


Perennial planting time?

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 15:49

Hiya Claire Do not plant out echinacea or agastache now.  I assume they arrived  as small plugs so pot up into 9 cm pots and keep dryish over winter.  In early spring pot on again.  I grow these on until they fill 3 litre pots and then plant out.  Echinaceas need to build up a good root system before they flower so I remove all flower buds before mid summer.  

......the good guys

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 15:41

my GTech cordless hedge trimmer stopped working today.  I rang GTech even though it is a few months out of warranty.  Their response?  A replacement will be with me tomorrow.  The faulty one will be collected.  No charges, no hassles.  Impressive service from GTech 


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 08:42

I've still got my teddy 

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