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Latest posts by Wintersong

WEATHER this week

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 11:22

Im a why-child so I had to look up the reason why Spring was so late coming...apparently its because of global warming.

Greenland was having a warm spell that acted like a stone in a stream or in this case the Alantic Ocean, stopping or diverting the warm weather that normally rises from the south and causing cold air flows from the north and east.

Why I never buy online

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 23:26

I got my Sisyrinchium from ebay last year, eight actual plants when only five had been promised.

Not only were they lovingly wrapped and posted, but grew into a sizable clump waiting for division just one year later.

I was thrilled with this experience, BUT, on the whole, I don't use the Internet for plants for all the reasons above. I like to see it with my own eyes, smell it, touch it, judge its form and habit, note the exact -exact- shade of flower and foliage, none of which can be done to my standards in the virtual world.

The internet has its uses but I will always prefer the hands on shopping experience 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 23:09

So much character and interest in your garden Figrat, always a pleasure to know it better

Success and Failures ...

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 18:01

Heleniums are a ridiculous fail in my garden even though I mulch heavily, I guess my soil is just too light and starved. I generally stay away from bog plants as I know they won't cope but you know I have this itty-bitty inner voice that says, Prairie plant? Yeah...of course open grassland is sun-baked dust bowl that mimics your garden exactly.



pampass grass

Posted: 27/03/2013 at 14:10

I had a monster Pampas Grass die on me last year and removed it with a mattock. It grows outwards so over time, the centre rots down, giving me fifteen years of composted material after removal.

The roots are not that deep but very matted, so a bit of wellie is essential.


Our NGS Open Day 2013

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 21:05

Good luck with that, your garden is worth it!

But please do let us know how the day goes, last year I asked several times about when and how it went but I guess you missed the threads.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 19:47

Don't cut the fowers off and they will do it for you

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 19:44

Colder this morning in SE than afternoon when the sun made an appearance. I managed to get out for a couple of hours mulching and tying in but the effort still required several layers and gloves.

Garden remains sans snow but its bitter temps.



Posted: 24/03/2013 at 09:44

My personal preference is bark chippings. I use bags from Wicks since the quality is much better than B&Q in my humble opinion.

This year's order is 18 bags because I skipped on bark last year almost completely and I'm doing everything this year.

I use it for a few reasons but mainly because my compost doesn't cover the ground I need to protect and it degrades into the soil to become a wonderful loam, given time. It does dry out a bit in the summer months, but I always apply thinkly and dream of the loamy goodness beneath. It leaves me very little weeding to do over the year and looks great against the plants, just try to use border edging, or it can look messy.

For some specific plants such as hostas, I incorporate my own compost in early spring, then top dress with grit to keep the slugs off, a circle as far as the leaves spread.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 22:25

Great pictures and stories. Thanks for sharing

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Ooh ooh so excited!

New border 
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Talkback: Informal planting

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Why Miss Bateman?

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Phormium newbie

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