Latest posts by Wintersong


Posted: 02/05/2015 at 19:07

Yvie, can I borrow your OH, I need an excuse for a new fork 


Shoot Gardening

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 18:31

I know this site although I'm not a member 

I find the how to grow section a useful reference source and I guess there is a wider community of gardeners if you subscribe, I never have for same reasons as you 


Posted: 02/05/2015 at 17:42

Karools, the bulb is essentially a stored flower.  The first year you buy tulips  (or any flowering bulbs) you are pretty much guaranteed a result but as soon as the flowers are over you should snap off the seed pod that will form at the end of the stem and keep watering the leave that are busy supplying food to form next yrs flower 

You can also feed the bulbs if that's not too technical but most import is to allow those leaves to use every moment they have left to do their job 

After they are withered and brown store them in the dark or just leave them in situ for next year's display 

Dividing Hellebores

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 16:46

Everything Verdun has advised is exactly as I have done. I had to move my three yr old hellebore so decided to chop it up at the same time. They are now springing into growth apart from one unlucky piece knocked by big feet and eaten by slugs 

Which weeds do you tolerate

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 20:44

What's the weed called that's related to the strawberry and sends out the same shoots to make babies? It's a constant battle for me, luckily I have mostly sand soil that gives up it's long thin taproot if I get down deep enough to give it a good tug 

The other weed I suffer is bindweed, the twining kind out the back and the other kind out the front, that type is far worse as it has thin roots in clumps and I can't selective spray 


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 20:21

Evening all,

Chilly out, cold wind but no frosts expected. Had a chill on my bones all evening but fine now 

Eldest son is visiting for weekend plus I have work, but it's only two days,  take care of your precious plants up north,

I was surprised earlier in the garden to discover a heuchera with 6 separate clumps of leaves, I always read the labels and research the plants I have but sometimes forget that I have yet to see it fully mature. I've had this particular heuchera for maybe four years but first thing I did when I bought it was divide it, may have done the division thing twice because I have a drift of ten or more.  It will be lovely to see these this year  

Early start for me in the morning, hosta, bakers get up at 5


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 15:16

Do you mean Standing Order Dove? It's a misconception that Direct Debts are a fixed amount when you actually agree to let them charge you any amount. Of course it's good business not to stun, shock or general cause your customers fainting fits

What a lovely Lobelia BM! Wish I had seen that before I sowed mine although I'm not sure I sowed trailing...I might have mistakenly done the other kind

Resting front of my PC but not before sorting out my stone pot with the Pieris innit...yesterday I moved the pot with plant to the back of the border but when I emptied it earlier, I not only discovered nothing wrong with the compost but the drainage problem was due to a tiny weeny hole in the bottom, so I have used several inches of grit to give better drainage but then I had to manoeuvre the really heavy solid pot onto a stone slab to keep border soil from blocking the tiny I get a meddle for not stepping on any of my recent planting as well as getting the spirit level out!!! Go me  


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 12:36

Me Pdoc!

I got rid of all my lawn for that reason  (I know that's a bit impossible for you guys with larger gardens but I'd always choose gravel/stone if I could)

Nice to hear from you Bekkie, hope you're having fun

Just back from the GC because I needed a bag of ericaceous compost, trouble was they only had 50L bags so I now have stressed out shoulders from bundling my compost into my backpack and carrying it home

Some sticky labelled bedding plants also came home with me, including trailing Vernena and Biddens. Also some white pelargoniums and some white trailing stuff that I can't remember the name but it has an open simple flower with yellow centre and sort of Ivy foliage

Just in for a coffee and then improving drainage in my stone pot and changing the compost for my Forest Flame that has been suffering waterlogging all winter   

can I move my piers flame again.

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 08:44

Personally I don't like moving evergreens once they appear active but seeing that you have already moved it once, any further moving won't hurt it much more depending upon how careful you are. Most plants will do their utmost to stay alive but it will also very much depend upon environmental conditions, things such as soil type, how careful you can be, how big the plant is, current weather, how much time you have to look after it in the near future etc...

Perhaps leave it be as Dove suggests but carefully dig out the soil around it to half a spade depth and back fill with multi purpose compost that will encourage the plant to make feeding roots into good soil so that when you come to move it (autumn this year), the plant will be well prepared and you have an easier time lift it


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 07:45

I'm never the greatest for seedlings, this year I've pushed the boat out with cerinthe major, trailing Lobelia and some annual Rubekia which all managed to live long enough to be pricked out (amazing)

so, any pinching out on these? or not?  

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