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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 12:26

The first touch of a cold and I double up on vit C and cod liver oil.  So far...touch wood (not superstitious) .......I have kept free of the lurgy.  

Potted up a few plants, got compost too.  Will nip out to cut grass soon 

Planting grafted things

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 12:00

I can only think of roses that need deep planting below the graft union.  Some growers suggest 2 or 3" below 


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 11:36

Back home....grabbed few bags compost.  Looks ok...Wyevale's own.  Time will tell when plants are growing in it how good it is.

blazing sun, dry and no wind....hope this is what many of you are getting too   In the garden, esp it is very warm.  Nudging 13 degrees and climbing.  those of you down in the dumps...don't fret.  Spring is not far away 

plants arrived in the from ebay but look great.. Loosened roots although not root bound at all.  Potted on and it will be as big as anything I can buy later in early summer.    Bargain 

talking to the postman we spoke of speeding drivers.  The "only slow drivers on the road are you postmen" I joked  (half joked) 

Seeing my great niece nearly 3 weeks old.  Apparently she asked to see me  


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:38

Lily .....the sun is shining and its getting warm.      Ha ha   I am naughty aren't I?   

Actually not quite yet...areas of blue sky developing now and sun not seen.  Give it an hour 

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:33

This new thread is as good as last year's Marion.  Inspiring stuff.  Thanks 

New lawn maintenance

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 08:28

Agree Ajp.....forget the "winter" fertiliser.

in early April your lawn will benefit from a good granular feed.  Reseed any bare patches too then. Your lawn will be some 8 months old then and suitable for feeding 

one of the best treatments you can give your lawn is regular mowing.  Not cutting too low.  Little and often mowing.  

Rolling will not flatten your lawn.  I would consider top dressing during late spring.  In September you can spend time sorting out your levels....there are various options  


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 07:42

Morning folks

hope they sort your illness out quickly Pat wishes 

very wet overnight and earlier this rnorning so didn't hang around too long on our walk.  Everything underfoot is WET  

however dry and sunny, even warm In an hour or two 


Paralysed but excited

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 22:46

LG can you provide some shelter for new/young herbaceous plants?  They are hardy but will grow better and more vigorously with some protection. Maybe a plastic cover over a framework?.

ha ha ....tidkled me about Pierre Verdun 

i think Dave and I are on the same page.....put ideas down and ponder a little. You don't have to leave the country though LG   I also think some bold planting too...?  check out newer vwrieties of perennials......some wonderful varieties now of many old favourites.  Why stick to old fuddy duddies when better varieties are now available?

Soft fruit

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 21:14

The sweetest tasting gooseberry I grew was Whinhams Industry....superb red.  However it was a martyr to mildew so if your red is this one Rainbowfish get plenty of compost in at planting  time to hold  onto the moisture 

pink lemonade has tempted me....let us know how your rate it for taste 

Paralysed but excited

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 17:52

LG, sketch out your beds.  select plants that will co-exist and enhance one another......colour wise, shape wise,,height wise,,foliage wise, texture wise.  when you have something down...almost can sketch again.  Jot down plants you can remember and definitely want then your thinking will get imaginative.  

this is exactly what I do and the final sketches are often far removed from the first one.    I try to transplant a big established plant in a new area adds a tad of maturity.  I will go through half a dozen sketches until it feels right.

Plant stuff you know or think you know will thrive.  buy quality plants and don't settle for less 

It's all fun LG and, no matter how well you have planned, you will move stuff around sooner or later.

in the next 2 or 3 weeks the gc's will have loads of herbaceous perennials in 9cm pots.    Grab some....they are bursting to grow fast.  Pot them up and do so again 3 or more times so that by mid spring you will have large garden size plants for the summer.

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