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Latest posts by Wintersong

Bare roots perennials - can I put them straight in the border?

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 08:08

These plants are a bit hit and miss since they cannot be checked after packing. Theoretically they are snug as a bug but it depends on healthy roots and at least one bud from which to grow. 

I purposefully bought 15 Echinecea in January knowing there would be an element of fail. So far, mine have a survival rate of about 11, so I've lost a third so far and that's wrapping them in cotton wool 

Planting out will probably incur more loss but no gardener can force a bunch of roots to grow if there's no bud or eye on them

Good luck


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 07:05

Morning all 

Slept in this morning, OH says it's rainy out but supposed to clear to 14 degrees today. 

Hope punkdoc is well 


Posted: 16/03/2015 at 20:43

I meant in general 


Posted: 16/03/2015 at 20:24

I watch for the story  I'm old fashioned like that 


Posted: 16/03/2015 at 19:56

Had to swap one out-of-stock clematis for another but my shy 5 will be arriving on Wednesday  


Posted: 16/03/2015 at 18:10

...Poldark is sounding more and more like faildark  why is the production team not on the ball? I expect better from the BBC 

GW 2015

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 16:31

Is he the famous gardener bloke?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 14:30

Tired after gym today but did move a stunted clematis to a new home and a small fern. Rescued a Hebe being swallowed alive by a Phormium.

Very frustrating time trying to dig a simple hole that dodges tonnes of buried builders rubble.


Posted: 16/03/2015 at 14:27

Well everywhere I dig there is buried builders' rubble Planting something feels like sticking a pin in a map with your eyes closed


Posted: 16/03/2015 at 12:46

That is lovely Dove. Tulips are one of my favourite flowers

And thanks for the doggie chew advice from Dove and Clari, will investigate your ideas

Still wondering about the garden, if I got out there I will move a clematis because I have three already at the arch with a fourth five too many? I could make use of this Alpina elsewhere, is it okay to move it as it was cut back last year after the arch fell down so its short and stout, just with fat buds?

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