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Latest posts by Wintersong

Bottle Brush Shurbs

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 18:39

Hi Brian 6,

 Bottlebrush plants are not that hardy although I see from your coastal location the garden centre may have assumed they would fare better.

My Callistemon is two years old now and got left outside in the border with a label that told me it was fully hardly. It then got snowed on and was left for dead until I dug it up and discovered it was still alive below ground, so I potted it up and it grew back that summer although not enough to flower. Leaving it in the pot for a second winter, it again looks dead possible due to me leaving it in a spare room for protection where it promptly dropped all its leaves again.

So..there is hope yet for yours.It does take a bit of time for them to start showing new life although I'm not sure about the winters outside. My Dad had a lovely one in his garden for a number of years that wasn't too effected by winters but I don't know if some varieties are better than others or if we just have harsher winters now.

I'm going to be overwintering mine in my unheated greenhouse next winter (when I buy one) in the hope that I might eventually see some top growth get further than new shoots.

 

Be patient and good luck

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 13:08

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/22698.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 13:07

 

Work in progress at the bottom end, but I am happy with the changes I've made and shall see how it grows in me, excuse the pun

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/22696.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 

Great pics everyone! Thanks for sharing.

nesting blackbird

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 20:23
TinaTurner wrote (see)

Was doing the edge this afternoon and there he was again.  Watched as he pecked at the ground for a while then I'm sure, wifey was calling him.  Would that be right?  He flew into next door but one's garden and disappeared.  So am now assuming the nest is there.

 

 

Yep that's right. The female blackbird will do a chuck-chuck-chuck sound that is calling for her mate. They are territorial birds, the male marking his domain that can cover several urban gardens.  

Last year I saw a Magpie with his head right inside a blackbird nest in a neighbourly garden and the female was squawking in defence of her eggs/chicks whilst the male could do no more than trot up and down on the lawn trying desperately to mark his territory. It was sad but nature's way I suppose.

 

nesting blackbird

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 22:07

My Blackbirds are nesting for second year at my garden. I can see the nest inside the ivy but its well situated. Mr Blackbird is omnipresent with mouthfuls of grubs, Mrs Blackbird makes random appearances to stretch her legs.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 22:04

Kent was a beautiful gorgeous spring day, warm winds and hot sun all afternoon. Got stonking loads done since I'm work next five days  and took delivery of breeze-blocks, bark chippings and gravel for retaining wall and mulching.

Blackbirds nesting same as last year, robins underneath them, blue-tits somewhere tho I haven't yet discovered where, loads of bees buzzing around and a tom cat who looks at me as though I'm on his turf !

All I need now is a hedgehog or some toads and I'd be all set for a slug free summer  

P.S and the best news of all, I just got an allotment that I'm going to be sharing with me dad. I'm so happy.

Where have all the hostas gone?

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 21:40

Patriot and Blue Angel still sleeping, Wide Brim and Blue Cadet just starting to peek above ground. Frances Williams looks dead

Wisteria never bloomed in 2nd yr

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 08:43

I wouldn't prune yet, although I'm no expert on Wisteria, mine is still hanging around in buds.

I'd give it some time, you can re-pot if you like since they are vigorous growers, and a feed after flowering if it flowers.

Mine's a 4yr old seedling so I have about 10-15yrs to wait until it flowers

MORNING FORKERS

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 08:39

Morning everyone, what a flippin lovely day it turned out to be yesterday.

Night time temps were starkly different from last week as well!

So, I had work, but did manage to sow a load of seeds and did some splitting of perennials the day before.

 

Love the hanging baskets Brumbull!

Tulips

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 22:00
Berghill wrote (see)

Tulips really do need a period of hot ripening. In many ways you are better off lifting them once all the leaves have gone and drying them off and keeping warm (but not sweltering) and replanting in October.

 


This is a great tip! My Tulips come back every year, but then I have sandy soil that reaches high temps in the sunny months. Otherwise, I would definitely do this ripening thing, although it would be preferable to plant the bulbs in those aquatic baskets first, because previous attempts to move Tulips has been troublesome.

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