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December sprouting?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 22:38

Plants will be damaged by being premature....either by flowering earlier (usually with less bloom) or by being hit with a very cold spell.  

There is nothing we can do.  I have impatiens,,daffodils all over the garden, pelargoniums,,etc. etc. and plants reblooming.  

Plants wont need a rest as such. They will simply take it later.  

If we do get a bitterly cold spell I think there will be many casualties esp if plants have been planted out (when too small) instead of waiting for spring. 

The Old Beeb Posters!

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 22:27

Hello mollis.  Interesting.  

Well, I have nothing to hide....never been on the "old Beeb board".  so, a big fat "no" from me.  

However, I think most of us are members here without any ulterior motive or harmful intent.  We post using forum names that do not identify us and we do not give out names or addresses. My motive for posting is to enjoy exchanging info about gardening and garden matters, to participate in banter, to debate, to advise and to receive advice.

not a perfect forum......., some prickly exchanges now and then  but prob the best available.  

Not really sure what you want from this thread Mollis ?


Posted: 27/12/2015 at 22:07


most of us are fully aware of what vine weevils look like and do.  To prevent the destruction of spring plants, as you describe, apply provado vine weevil can do this now.  Yes, they are worse in pots mainly because of the compost is ideal for weevils.  If you find a single weevil grub it will indicate many more.  

You can save your plants if you act now by removing primroses etc and washing the roots and repotting in fresh compost if you do not want to use chemicals 

Sufficient Sunlight

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 16:45

Er, yes I think you have once or twice 

excellent hosta.  Enjoy 

Sufficient Sunlight

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 16:38

Hosta, you will more than make up for it very soon 


Posted: 27/12/2015 at 16:34

JIMMY I used to grow a beard every winter and shave it off in spring (to get suntan). I am no longer allowed to grow one...threatened with having one side shaved in my sleep . Hmmmm!  Hang on! An image I could handle 

keeps face warm in winter as my departed auntie would know  and is handy for mopping up gravy and wiping my nose. 


Posted: 27/12/2015 at 16:16

Come on Outside folks.....grabbed a cuppa over a perusal of forum writings 

in the gh I have impatiens taken as cuttings in September now as flowering  plants that need potting on, again. Never had them this advanced at this stage before. Don't think I will need to buy any container plants in spring if things continue like this.  These are the sunpatien type that I highly recommend.  I  guess most of you are in a similar position.  Cold weather will come but already longer days are coming so should be easier to get through the rest of the winter 

Watsonias too full of foliage out there.......hoping for early white flowers on them.  

Can Gorse be grown from cuttings?

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 13:08

I don't think it is easy to root cuttings of gorse.....pretty difficult in fact.  To be practical it is a waste of time 

I think copying nature is the way, viz., by layering.  Gorse seems to layer itself quite readily.  Wild animals will damage gorse or weigh branches down and these produce thickets.  Try layering 

arneil, because it is a "weed" it doesn't mean it will seed when WE want it to.  I have tried to establish various wild plants by seed, cuttings, etc. (For sentimental reasons) in the great outdoors without any success.

Apropos of establishing wild plants, has anyone noticed if rabbits are esp attracted to wild plants we plant?  Instead of them being put off they seem attracted to them.  In fact , newly planted cultivated varieties too seem to be irresistable too.  


Posted: 27/12/2015 at 12:48

Some sunshine now but just noticed tall blue...unnamed... iris in flower.  This is early .  a couple of groups of this iris were initially to flower with daffodils.....timing often doesnt work out despite a mixture of early and late daffs but, for sure, no such combination this spring 

Sufficient Sunlight

Posted: 27/12/2015 at 12:40

Before you get too carried away folks I'm sure Slevin is looking to grow good quality produce.  If daylight is as low as I think it could be Slevin will struggle.  Trial and error with just a couple of cheap things at first.

Slevin, see how summer goes..  Let us know.  If all else fails you can have a beautiful, albeit no food, garden 

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