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wot to do now

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:05

Mmmmmm, not astelia I think Fairy.  But I'm not sure either 

winter gardening

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 17:03

Can you still get any bare root wallflowers?  Bit late but have seen some still available in local nurseries.

hellebores?  What better for late winter?  

Conifers like cryptomeria Mariana and vilmoriana turn bronze in winter and remain compact.  If you have acid soil how about an azalea or camelia?  you mentioned heathers but do you mean winter flowerimg sort?  Carnea varieties like Vitelli, Ann Sparks and foxhollow produce beautiful foliage colours in winter as well as the flowers.

libertias have unique gold/red colouring on architectural evergreen foliage. Phormiums for colour from darkest red to brightest yellow.    Grasses like testacea...olive foliage....acorus with yellow evergreen foliage, uncIndia uncinata rubra provided maroon evergreen colour.  Arrhenarherum bulbosum is at its best over winter forming very white leaves over winter.......contrast with a dark red heuchera for brilliant winter colour.  Another red "grass" for winter as well as all year round is carex buchanii  60 cm erect features.  Campanulas like dicksons gold form yellow evergreen mounds ...plant black ophiogon alongside.  Cyclamen too. ,and dont forget daffodils.  

 

 

Over Wintering Dahlias

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:48

Well, don't water them Rich.  Dry compost is fine. I find division into fewer but larger pieces better for display next year.  Yes dahlia tubers can get very large.  Divided a couple today...often the clumps pull apart without damaging tubers. I then pot into 3 litre or 5 litre pots and leave in gh.  Don't forget to label them, at least by colour 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:37

Sandy loam here so soil dries out pretty quickly. But we have had another basically dry and reasonably sunny day..........heavy downpour earlier but looking good again now.

got 30 or so echinaceas...Cheyenne spirit....in conservatory.  most have a flower so I'm labelling colours and then removing flower spikes.  It means I can grow them on next spring into large plants before going into the garden.  Hoping for enough same colours to plant out in groups.

Calla Lilies

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:27

Frost should kill them but hardy here.  

Why not keep a clump in the corner?  They are not difficult to dig out.  I think they look esp good in a shady spot but not in a line like that.  

New planting for front garden wall

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 16:04

A couple of phormiums...sundowner for example would look good there. ,choisya sun dance is a nice evergreen yellow bush or, for more vigour, choisya ternate the straight green form with loads of scented White flowers in spring. santolina is silver grey forming aromatic mounds.  Or between the phormiums check out abelia confetti.  Delightful mounds of small greyish variegated foliage and small white flowers right now.  A daphne ...odora aureomarginata....is evergreen with superb scent in spring and could be tucked into a corner there too 

Dahlia Over winter

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 15:55

If you have any tubers attached to any stems these are almost guaranteed to grow without delay in spring.  Pot them up and keep indoors/ gh over winter.  separate stems with each group of tubers to pot up.   Never had much success with "eyes" on tubers ...timing is important I think.  

wot to do now

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 15:48

Alan, does it have sharp points/edges?  Are leaves soft or hard?

i would leave it indoors for the winter.  Wouldn't pot on until a whole lot bigger 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 14:14

Been a lovely day .  Trimmed lawn edges, cut back perennials, few more wallflowers in, quick redistribution of plants, potting up of layered plants, and just about to cut the grass when the heavens opened. It rained, got heavy, heavier still and then heavier again. Oh!  Just stopped in time for me to take my dog and sun is already emerging.  

Would have dug trench for runner beams and emptied compost into it. Always then top up with a row of wallflowers...all orange this time..and some white daffs. Supposed to be good weather near end of week so do all this then 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 12:27

Hiya Matty.  That is so sad.  My own dog is 11 and the thought of losing him is terrible.

good lovely memories though ?  

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