Latest posts by Wintersong

Poorly Rosemary

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 09:06

Well, in your situation, I guess I would trim what looks dead and maybe change the soil mixture in the pot to give it the best chance of survival. Good luck with it!

Poorly Rosemary

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 23:02

If its a young plant I wouldn't think it needs root trimming. Perhaps the pot is too big for the size plant? That can cause plants to sit in a sump and Rosemary don't like wet feet. Also, consider the ph of your soil, it likes full sun and limey soil.

Poorly Rosemary

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 21:00

I'm not sure if Rosemary is one of those plants that doesn't live a very long time? I had a Rosemary competing with a bully of a Ceanothus two years back, so in the summer I tossed a load of compost on top of its root-ball and waited until spring last year to cut off arm-length sections showing signs of roots. Afterwards, I transplanted the original bush but it promptly died although four of the new sections took well in pots, I grew them on until late last summer when I  planted three of them in my middle garden.  They established nicely through autumn/winter and should get well away this year. Perhaps take some cuttings to ensure the plant lives on?

Talkback: Ferns in pots

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 13:13

@Greenthumb wannabe, I would move evergreen and deciduous ferns early spring, but you could catch me doing it late spring, if I dig up a good root-ball and water it through the summer until established. My soil is light so the digging up is never a hardship and I always mulch well and tend the moved plants through the driest months because my soil bakes like a cake without mulch. Good luck with yours.

Talkback: Ferns in pots

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 13:08

@dc73311 understanding that no plant prefers dry shade to damp shade is really useful, there are some plants that will survive it better though. Trial your plants or perhaps search out published lists for your particular location, personally I grow ferns, hardy geraniums, crocosmia, foxgloves, acquilegia and alchemilla mollis quite happily in dry shade under a rather large Laural and a 30ft Eucalyptus pauciflora that robs the entire area of moisture. Also my skimmia japonicas do nicely on little moisture and only direct sunlight for three hours and I have two achantus that I dare say would grow underneath six foot of concrete! You just can't kill these plants in my garden. My one essential is to mulch dry shade ery generously and good luck with yours!

Phormium newbie

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 09:45

Thanks for the advice! I shall take it on board.


Posted: 15/04/2012 at 01:00

@Sunny1, you can plant them out in trenches to save making individual holes. And a Strawberry is worth the effort no?  When they are OAP you have great composting material, plus they make babies for you without even asking. Seems like a fair trade for some labour that makes your muscles nice, tans you as well and you can be smug to taste delicious fruits like nothing the supermarkets can get close to! Just don't freeze the excess, they turn to mush  Good luck!

@ rosie plum, I just give up respect for a plant that refuses to die! Haha, you got to love em for it, unless its a weed

Best time to move raspberry canes

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 00:48

I moved a bunch of summer fruiting raspberries just before they popped their leaves earlier this year, I don't have autumn fruiting ones but a word of raspberry-loving caution. The first year I had one raspberry cane and it sprouted three babies  for me. The second year, three turned into eight and the third year's eight doubled or more! I moved them all to a better spot last year and the bare earth subsequently erupted with about twenty baby plants in soil I thought was bare. Turns out my thorough digging wasn't thorough enough. The roots are shallow but somehow I missed them! Anyways, this year I have thirty plus raspberry canes and still some odd roots are sprouting shoots under my veg beds and in between the path and other plants. They really are rampant! So best of luck moving but watch out

Phormium newbie

Posted: 15/04/2012 at 00:19

Phormium Chocolate Dream has just gone through its first winter and up until the UK snow this year, it seemed fine. It wasn't flattened at all, but its leaves are now yellowing, with little bits of browning. I really think the leaves are lost to the weather but what I would like to know is will the plant replace them? It grew really fantastic last summer, trebling its original size and I don't see any rotting or unhappiness at the base. The base of the leaves are still good in colour as well as the baby ones that haven't grown yet. My soil is sandy and free draining and the plant is in a full sun position although I guess its exposed since there are no windbreaks except a nearby south-west facing fence which I'm assuming would bring warm winds anyways. Its only my second Phormium purchase since I was put off by the last one rotting (bad planting on my part) but I do have a Cordyline that is extremely happy in a west facing position at 15ft tall.

If anyone has more knowledge of these plants than I do, I would appreciate the input. I've googled unsuccessfully on the subject.

Do you consider gardening to be like art?

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 23:51

I heard a quote on the Monty Don 80 gardens around the world that said, a garden is the only art-form we live in. I can hardly describe my love for gardening that goes beyond all my other hobbies and past-times as something that touches the soul and living inside it is my endless pleasure for eight-nine months of the year! I miss my garden desperately through the winter months; plants heal me when I am sad, I talk to my plants when I am tending them. Today, I carried some new plants around the garden in a bucket and when I asked myself why, I realised it was to introduce them to their new world. That sounds crazy but I truly cherish the space I have as something visceral and instinctive. Its artfully crafted, but knowledgeably tended. It's a living picture of my happiness!

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