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Talkback: Shrubs that flower in February

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 12:10

Yes indeed Cathy

mahonia over...but winter jasmine,,sarcoccoca,,camelias, hamamellis, abutilon megapotamicum, lonicera  Winter Beauty,  and I have 2 (fruiting) peaches in flower too  

.......will have to re check name of that abutilon.  Apologies if incorrect 

Barnsdale Gardens

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 12:07

A garden I would like to visit too 


Inspiration needed.

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 12:01

A matching fence would be the best start Kc......welcome by the way 

in bottom corner a taxus Standishii would look good....a tough upright beautifully coloured conifer.

i would clothe those fences then with well chosen plants

it does depend n how much sun you do get in spring and summer but you can get some colour and shape there.   

I would also plant a couple of give you colour for this summer and then look around garden centres, catalogues, on line for things you like.  Ask us for suggestions about plants too

take your time but fence first Kc 


Posted: 15/02/2016 at 08:03

morning folks 

beautiful day in prospect.......sunshine, blue sky, dry and little wind 

Cold for early morning walk but less dark now.

tonight's forecast is for temps near freezing......that will be a shock roses !!

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 07:42

I'm all flummoxed Hosta 


Posted: 15/02/2016 at 07:28

Terminology HORTICO. 


Posted: 15/02/2016 at 07:26

Anything with glyphosate...Roundup, etc. Lottie 

all weedkillers...all chemicals...carry a risk but glyphosate can be used to kill roots of weeds too so used once or twice will enable you to use your allotment without using weedkilllers in the future. 

The alternative is to dig couchgrass out but this is will take a lomg time to fully eradicate roses !!

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 21:59

I really think this is yet another area where nobody really knows because one way is as good as the other.  I too,,as already said, have done it both ways 


Posted: 14/02/2016 at 21:55


the Bishop is excellent.  Apart from the flowers the foliage is dark purple and good as a foil for other plants.  From one plant I now have several large plants.....some are in containers.  They grow 80 cm tall plus, do not need support and remain bushy in pots.  I mix dried manure with the compost plus fish blood and bone in early spring and this is sufficient for whole season.

to reduce height pinch out main shoots a couple of times.  Be prepared to dead head regularly to minimise weight on stems ..if windy there 

secret to large dahlias, in my experience, is to start them off early so I would pot them up now or asap in dry compost and start watering when shoots are seen 


Posted: 14/02/2016 at 19:14

Hmmmmmm!  And frosts are coming tonight folks 

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