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Latest posts by Wintersong

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 09:40

Super pics @Dean Lovett. You plot looks amazing already! Lets hope for some more sun to bring all your hard work to the table.

Talkback: How to lift and divide hostas

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 17:03

Agree with Spring divisions and everything @janeys has advised.

Ceanothus Concha - Concern about growing conditions

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 12:08

A nursery man once told me that Ceanothus can die when newly planted, even from a pot and I had it happen to my newly bought Treewithin, fifteen years ago. Fortunately, I took cuttings that did take when planted and matured without trouble thereafter.

I'm not sure this is any solution to your problem and I'm not suggesting that your plants will die as mine did, but its not uncommon.

Perhaps the clay soil is waterlogged? Perhaps the high winds are stressing the plant? I'm not sure what I would do except wait and see, I've famously decided plants were dead before now only to have them spring to life in the new season. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 22:53

Dry with sunny spells in Kent. Chilly wind but not too strong.

No flowers on Clematis.

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 22:51

What a lovely display Bob TheGardener!

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 22:37

 The bright pink Cistus and lilac Chives are a mistake in this bed that is mostly yellows and the orange side of red. I'll also be replacing the Crocosmia for lady ferns as well as extending some of the planting to make bigger drifts.


Hebe Help!!

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 14:38

I have a very overgrown small leaf Hebe in my front garden that I forgot to prune for ten years. Some idiot threw a lump of concrete into its centre a few weeks back, breaking all the branches and leaving it less than rotund in shape.

So, I took the opportunity to prune it hard back, taking three layered plants from its base (where the branches touch the ground and root themselves)  in case my plan failed. I cut back half the branches quite radically and left the other half intact to see if it would flower and also to reduce stress for the plant.

Since then, it has successfully broken bud on the hard pruned branches and I shall be pruning the rest after flowering, which is the usual time to prune small leaved Hebes into shape.

Cut it back now if you don't mind losing the flowers, otherwise imediately after flowering is also a good time. Hebes can be slightly tender, so you want to give the plant plenty of good weather to make new leaf. They often suffer frost damage in late winter that can be cut out in late spring, but they are tough plants really and you shouldn't lose it.

A feed might be gratefully received if you are going to butcher it, just try not to rob it completely of leaf. If it needs a severe pruning, think of it as a two year job and do half this year and half next.

Gardening in Aberdeenshire

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 10:23

The size, variety and splendour of Monty's garden is staggering at times as with Carols too, but he's also been there +20 years and Carol has been at Glebe cottage +30 yrs. In all that time, soil improvement, landscaping and establishing plants have been key to their successes. Knowing their plot has helped them to understand what works and what doesn't. And one of the reasons I truly enjoy Monty's presentation on GW, is that he shares his failures too. If he's not some gardening genius who never gets it wrong, then I have hope that I may achieve something similar in my own garden.

Draw inspiration from the GW programs and tailor what they're doing to knowledge of your own plot. I live in Kent and yes things grow here in the summer, but that doesn't mean I don't meet challenges or watch some programs with very little relevance to my own garden. I've yet to add water, so the pond episode the other week was completely out of touch with me, yet I enjoyed it all the same, learning something along the way and enjoying the success of Monty's hard work that was shown last night. It doesn't mean I'm going straight off to dig a dirty great big pond in my garden, it wouldn't fit, but when the time comes for water, I can draw inspiration from what I saw.

As a side note, perhaps you are expecting too much from your veg if you grow them without protection so far north? I know not everyone can afford polytunnels but I'm not even bothering with outdoor tomatoes or peppers anymore and I live in the far south! blight gets mine every year!


What is this little bird please?

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 09:54
Robot wrote (see)

 Do you think mum is rearing the kids all by herself?

Well, if she is, she's doing a damn fine job of it. Congratulations on your garden that very obviously provides her with a bounty!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 23:18

@figrat, the whooooooosh bang is the sound the wind makes, at least where I live. Very gusty! Whooooooosh bang.

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