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Latest posts by Wintersong

Perennial Geraniums

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 21:40

If you cut the plants back hard after flowering has finished, they will grow a fresh set after two-three weeks, probably less with all this rain.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 20:09

Wow Dean! Good work.

White roses going pink?

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 17:16

Thanks Alina W

White roses going pink?

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 16:51

I have a white rose that is doing the exact same thing, except its a spotting of pink. I also have a yellow rose spotted pink as well.

I can only put this down to the unusual weather unless anyone else has more experience with this?

Hissing Bees??

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 10:08

Well how lovely that you have a bees nest! I had one in my border last year right next to a sunbathing spot and me and the bees got along just fine.   I felt honoured and privileged to have them choose my garden.

Mine never hissed at me, although I never stood on the border, just observed from the sidelines, so perhaps that is something to consider? Mine had to keep remaking their entrance after weather damage and two attacks from a fox that dug up the soil. But they are industrious and just got on with mending the damage and going with the flow as the last know entrance ended up a few inches away from the original and pointing in the other direction  .

Long after they were gone, I dug up the nest to inspect it and found a soft, sort of lint filled bag with little bit of red husk strangely enough and the odd dead bee and it was about the size of a grapefruit. The nest was remarkably small and crowded and not what I had expected at all.

Congratulations on your wildlife efforts!

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 21:19

Sorry about your Roses and Veg KG, the recent wind has been ghastly and my Beets are only just hanging in there with the SS and bird damage!. So are my french beans putting on new shoots since their main stems are irreparably wind damaged.

I took a wonder in my garden earlier this evening after an absence of a few days. I was apprehensive as to what damage has been done, luckily its nothing that can't be written down to experience. Some of my Roses have been battered too, splaying out or flopping branches on the ground whilst my lovely big Eryngium is only just hanging in their despite twiggy support front and back and it never fails to surprise me how dry pots get even in these downpours, some were gasping.

The dishevelment is an eyesore but lesson learned, I think I need to invest in some early support next year, its far less hassle to anticipate the ravages of wind and storm before plants start growing than try to rectify the ugly mess afterwards.

The bees were out in force on my Photinia Davidii tonight, which was nice to see along with some perennials making enormous efforts to spread/grow/take over the world and bursting with promise for July flowers. Got to keep on top of the SS though, seems its a good year for these critters who are attacking my Kniphofia after shredding my Lilies. Good job I know their game plan or I'd be missing these tasty treats to come!


Posted: 09/06/2012 at 17:58

@Geoff, oh my...that is a stunner!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 16:12

Grey skies in Kent, not so much wind, not so much showers, no so much gardening. If it survives the wind, its got my vote.

Floppy poppies

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 16:06

Everyone thinks gardening is about what you grow, but its not. It's how you manage to  stop things over growing!  Correct pruning, feeding, soil conditions and support will assist a gardener in this epic task.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 21:56

Isn't it just crazy weather?

I haven't done any gardening for the last two days except to bring my tender plants in at night. Other years would have had them in the ground by now but frankly I don't trust the nighttime temps at all! Luckily my garden doesn't suffer from water-logging but the wind damage is shocking. Aquilegias are ripped to shreds, flowering Parsley is flattened, pots upturned, Roses are shedding petals as fast as they open and my Oriental Poppy clump is a mess! On the good side, my self sown seedlings and the wild flowers that I let grow are having a great time. and I haven't had to cart the watering can to the end of the garden several times an evening although I really enjoy this job when the evening is gorgeous!

I hope Lilylouise's garden is not suffering with all this terrible weather! I don't think its long before her big show? Good luck with that.

@Tazman, make sure your file size is web appropriate, which can be done through Window's Office, Picture manager or photo-bucket. If you use the former as I do, open your file using this software and go to the edit function, there is a pre-select Web, Large which is ideal. 

Look forward to seeing your hard work. And best of luck to everyone else battening down their hatches. 

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