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Posted: 13/10/2015 at 20:12

Well, the experts say it will be so very cold so it must be true.  And a siberian swan (or similar) has ventured our way so another crucial sign of a bad winter to come.

the experts now say our winters will be COLDER.  They said warmer a couple of years back.  Remember, we will all be able to grow more tender plants, they said.  But if our winters will be colder how does that work?    It's all climate change this hotter, er colder, er wetter!  

The truth is the winter will be about what happens.  It cannot be foretold 




Posted: 13/10/2015 at 17:49

Cake Fairy?  Choccy?  


Thuja occidentalis 'Brabant'

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 17:16

That sounds too deep to me Nicky.  a couple of imches deeper than the rootball would be the most for me.  


Posted: 13/10/2015 at 17:00

They will die pottering Girl if left outside.

can you cloche them and have some fleece handy too.  Cut them back and keep on kitchen windowsill maybe? 

here in west Cornwall they usually do survive the winter outside but all it needs is one sharp frost to kill them


Posted: 13/10/2015 at 16:38

Osteospermums are all a little tender.....some more hardy than others.  The spreaders are usually the hardiest. 

You can still take cuttings now and over winter for plants in the spring.

the tidy bright flowered, yellow, red etc will need to be dug up and kept in the greenhouse.  These will not survive outside.  

If you have the hardier sort don't cut them back because the foliage will help protect the roots over winter.  

Talkback: How to weed and reseed a lawn

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 16:34

Daisy, well the weather is so good right now and it is October.  Have a go now.  Always re seed in Spring 


Posted: 13/10/2015 at 16:31

if I was advising I would say cut solanum in spring.  However, impulsive and impetuous fellow that I am, I decided to "neaten" things up now....job done. Yes, it does grow "like the clappers" .......15 ' high or more high and all the more reason to trim it now.  Besides down here autumn pruning is safe.  Not keen on the blue solanum but the white is a classy plant I think.

well, "very warm" again this afternoon.......context of mid October and prob 18 degrees in the garden.  18 degrees in the summer is cool.  18 degrees in January would be roasting.  All relative.

got the bug start cutting stuff back.  Couple of heleniums, agastaches, acteas, some of the rudbeckias, etc.,   However, no great loss with miscanthus and cannas, salvias  putting out more and more flowers now.  I like the garden tidy in winter.....structure then shows through.  

Divided croc lucifer and my nosey neighbour emerged.  Sure she is spying on me with binoculars.  "Can I have a bit?"  She pleaded.  "Sorry no" I (wanted to say).  She went off with a couple of large clumps  

want to re site hydrangea kyushu but not sure where yet 


Conifers dying back

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 12:27

Valerie, there can't be too many reasons why your conifers are suddenly "dying".

you sure they are actually dying?  Or just the tips of branches?  

What sort of conifers?  Junipers?  I would cut the branches back a little for a start.

it sounds like weedkiller Valerie.   It's sod's  law that a dose of weedkiller on a weed may fail to kill it yet a light drift of it may kill a precious plant.  However, it sounds like more than just a drift of weedkiller to me 


Posted: 13/10/2015 at 12:20

Sounds a bit...just a little OCD Dove.   However, it's  about labels isn't it?  I can be extremely neat and organised but I can also be just the opposite.  At school I won prizes for calligraphy but also got told off for my untidy scrawl.  What is "normal" anyway?

cut big hedge at back this morning and took down a lovely white solanum in the process.  The solanum would prob survive and flower for most of the winter so a tidy up for winter and a more compact size next season is preferable.

really blue sky.  

Will replant a double white hellebore later....huge rootball weighing a ton.  It was a casulty of my revamp (which I am pleased with) but it will now go in a better, more eye catching, spot 

Hostas and snails

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 12:09
Copper rings in the garden must not be covered with soil tho.
Copper tape works to prevent snails etc climbing pots but does nothing for any that are in the compost.
Vigilance with torch and salt, pellets, nematodes and copper tape enable me to grow hostas with very little damage
Some mulches,,like bark chips, seem to make snail etc problem worse by providing " hidey holes" for them

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