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Latest posts by Wintersong

moving established plants

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 10:46

It's not too late to move herbaceous perennials especially with all the rain we've been having. Just dig them up with as much root-ball as possible and you may need to reduce the foliage to lessen the stress to the plant.

Why grow organic?

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 10:43

Aaaargh! My eyes hurt.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 09:26

I've woken up to a very wet and dismal day  Starting to really tire of this weather now.

I work solidly all through autumn and winter sometimes eighteen hours a day (I am a person of extremes) so, come spring, I am in need of rest and relaxation and gardening is my ability to recover from all that exhausting work, but at this rate, I might as well keep working!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 09:21

I grew my cowslips from seed a few years back but they never established in their original spot which was swamped with Aquilegias. Since upgrading them to their own patch, they are multiplying at a rapid rate  They get morning sun with afternoon shade.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 23:13



Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:58

Ops sorry Alina...I keep posting at the same time as you with my impatience to help


Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:57

In my experience, black almost certainly means too wet whilst floppy means weakened growth. It may recover if given time and nurtured carefully but check it in daylight. If the discolouration is black spots, rather than die back (when the plant just looks dead and shrivelled) then it might be Shab, a fungal disease and you should bin the plant.


Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:45

Lavenders don't like wet feet in the winter, adding grit allows water to drain away faster and planting in a little hump of soil, allows the plant to feel drier. This is often the case of Mediterranean plants.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:28

Does it have to begin with the letter W?


Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:26

I always harden plants off before planting them out, no matter where I get them from. Even though my local garden centre displays their plants in an open air courtyard, it gets protection from strong winds and must have a slightly warmer climate dues to the surround of buildings. Also, quite rightly mentioned already, its feels great to buy plants in flower but often they have come straight from polytunnels and nurseries forcing them on to look their best and encourage sales. And it works! I can't resist a flowering plant.

Hardening off just involves bringing plants into the porch or house or sheltered spot each night for a week or ten days to give them time to adjust the cooler more exposed conditions of our back gardens.

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