Latest posts by Wintersong

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 23:26

My nana's in the dining room at nightime  two leaves now

Slugged patrol again, jeeeees where do they all come from? 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 18:21

Basted digging...yes, I mean that double digging in half a border, can't plant until it's weed free and improved, foot down is shocking but the worms are huuuuuuuuuge

Clematis advise

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 14:36

Looks like a group 2 

it will definitely like the extra support you've added, on the whole group 1 and 2 don't need pruning unless they exceed their bounds

you *can* bulk them up from the base by cutting back hard but this is a scary option for a novice 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 21:43

My one regret is that I didn't start growing a magnolia 20yrs ago 

oh well, I get to enjoy yours 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 20:40

Potted up some rescues from a border, plus bits that fell off equals 15 total. Sunny spells but rain later so it was slug patrol

Buying plants on the spur of f the moment

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 15:41

re hardiness,  I live in Kent not Scotland and I'm not an idiot, I've read up on plants for ten yrs + and am still learning of course, but as Fairy says, I fall for the idea that something I know well has a new variety that says hardy on the label!

How am I suposed to know what they really mean is *not really hardy unless you have a walled garden and under lawn heating*

I object to this because B&Q doesn't take plants back, so I now shop only at a trusted GC with labels that say *may need protection in winter*

** the only reason I bought a smart phone was to check suspicious labels on Rhs

Buying plants on the spur of f the moment

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 08:37

I used to have half a garden to fill with large borders, so impulse was a big factor 

now I have established borders -with gaps- I am better at staying focused 

I'm also deeply suspicious of GCs who shove these things up customers' noses at checkouts because I've had some terrible buys,  especially when they label a plant hardy and it's flippin not


Salvia 'Amistad'

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 21:55

Yeah drainage is a real necessity if our winters are going to bewet 

I've got three saliva black and blue?  I think that's the name, labels are in the other room. Mine survived in pots huddled on the patio so they've been soaked but snug,  just showing tiny shoots now 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 21:22

Organic pellets never used to work for me but this year I've beenusing a product called earth matters slug blocker granules by Westland. 100% safe for pets and wildlife plus kids. It's interesting stuff, like a dry grit at first then after rain, when the slugs come out it swells like thick porridge, textured but gooey. I believe they dislike the texture. 

It's working so far 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 19:26

I don't do seeds 

Plugs...cuttings...bulbs, rescue jobs, all work fine for me but seeds is certain death 

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