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Talkback: Protect cordyline for winter

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:37

Hello Diane

Your Cordyline should be ok in the garage.....does it have a window?  won't need watering.


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:54

Yep, hellebores are a passion of mine too.  Nothing better in winter and early spring.  

Book Lovers and Library Users

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:49

I don't use the library service but I know plenty who do.

library services have been cut to the bone here too Philippa along with care for the elderly and for those with learning difficulties.  "Austerity" is all very well but what about the well being of those badly affected by it?  

I think we should pay more to keep these welfare services functioning.  Those avoiding taxes.......celebrities, big business etc....should now pay their dues.  Pay cuts for the workers should also apply to the bosses.....our own unitary council has just announced more job losses and pay cuts yet the "bosses" are determined to keep their full pay.  No, Mr Cameron, we are not "all in it together" 


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:00

Busy, because I am always impatient.  Can't be bothered to go get gloves.  

Its been lovely here.....mostly sunny with the odd sharp shower.

plenty more wallflowers planted.  I keep grasses uncut .....miscanthus and calamagrostis....for winter effect but cutting back most everything else. 

Bill, respect to you 

keeping most of my cannas in Punkdoc but always divide a few


Perennial planting time?

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 15:49

Hiya Claire Do not plant out echinacea or agastache now.  I assume they arrived  as small plugs so pot up into 9 cm pots and keep dryish over winter.  In early spring pot on again.  I grow these on until they fill 3 litre pots and then plant out.  Echinaceas need to build up a good root system before they flower so I remove all flower buds before mid summer.  

......the good guys

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 15:41

my GTech cordless hedge trimmer stopped working today.  I rang GTech even though it is a few months out of warranty.  Their response?  A replacement will be with me tomorrow.  The faulty one will be collected.  No charges, no hassles.  Impressive service from GTech 


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 08:42

I've still got my teddy 


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 08:31

Wet morning.......showers and sun

think I will still be able to get work done in the garden

got pots galore...small greenhouse full, conservatory full and temporary home made 20' poly tunnel will add to plant protection over winter.  

Bare Root Wallflowers

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 08:27

Plant out daffodil cheerfulness among your wallflowers happy cottontail.  For me the best daffodil scent ....very strong.  


Posted: 03/11/2014 at 23:54

Genii for me too.  snowcap is hardy here and compact.  However, hardy fuschias grow  so abundantly down here and in the wild.  

For a friend I planted a delightful butter yellow foliage fuschia that is hardy. ,  More vigorous than genii ......I must grab a cutting or two.  Don't know its name though.

(buy your hardy fuschia now but best planted in spring now) 

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