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Woodgreen wonderboy

Latest posts by Woodgreen wonderboy

All about Dahlias

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 21:14

I grow over 100 dahlias each year, and have done so for many years. Have never seen a black one nor do I wish to. Each to his own however.

I am increasingly drawn to shocking combinations of mauves, orange, scarlett, crimson reds ...just as Christopher Lloyd did at Great Dixter. My hero and favourite garden. His death in 2006 a huge loss. I read his books for my gardening education. Brilliant writer who took no prisoners.


Posted: 13/03/2013 at 21:01

Treat as if they are roses. Buy some rose fertiliser and follow instructions which probably say first feed about now. Most fertilisers are small variations on the same theme of nitrogen potash and potassium. Given that you don't know what is already in the soil how can it really matter which combination fertiliser you use on whichever plant. The plant will say thank you and get on with life. Feed for tubs and containers...use tomato feed...simple!!

This method also has advantage of allowing you to buy the biggest packet/ bottle of fertiliser you can find...much the most economical. beware small containers...a ripoff.

small trees that attract birds

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:27

My crabapple...malus everest... is covered in fruit and blackbirds in autumn/winter, up to 5 or 6 birds feeding at a time. Fantastic spring blossom.

WEATHER this week

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:22

after 40 years of gardening I finally treated myself to a greenhouse/alpine house last autumn. It's great to be able to do stuff indoors. The alpine section is looking great and I can enjoy a drink (tea usually) while I potter. Weather less of an issue from now on...why on earth did I not do this before?



Trees that provide cover for a small garden please!!

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:13

For me my first choice tree for a new garden would be the crabapple...Malus has the most amazing display of white blossom and loads of fruit for the birds in the autumn/ winter. I have up to 5 or 6 blackbirds feasting on it at a time. I came by one by accident and was so impressed that I planted 2 more. It is a good shape and well behaved. It won't get overlarge. I have had no disease problems with it. Go find.......

Damnation to double flowers

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:05

Went to a talk on bees recently at local hortisoc. At this time of year the bees are breeding inside the hive and come out in warm weather. Numbers increase steadily to a maximum around late june/early july and then naturally start to reduce. So they are there but like good children are staying indoors at moment.  aaaah......

Camelia - why are buds only on lower branches

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 19:57

Hi. Camelias must have lots of water when they are forming their flower buds for the next spring and those in pots risk being too dry. The main time to keep watered is the late summer/autumn. 

Damnation to double flowers

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 19:46

On a warm day recently...yes there was one! flowering heathers were covered by honey bees. The din was amazing.

Weekend Ahead ..... ?

Posted: 08/03/2013 at 15:02

This is definitely the most perilous time of year for gardens and gardeners!! It only needs one hard frost to undo all your hard work and this can happen well into April and even May. The later they are the more damaging. It's great to have springlike conditions at this time of year, and it is a great boost to our morale.  It's always a bit of a gamble which gardenoholics can rarely resist. Me neither.

Talkback: Planting snake's head fritillaries

Posted: 07/03/2013 at 12:51

It's a bit early to see any newly planted ones and my previously planted ones aren't up yet. we live in hope...the gardeners motto....

Discussions started by Woodgreen wonderboy

Overwintering Gazanias

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Last Post: 28/11/2013 at 18:06

Gardening quiz

Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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Last Post: 30/11/2013 at 14:08

Pesky flies!

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Last Post: 20/09/2013 at 12:57

Talkback: How to harvest sweetcorn

They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
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Last Post: 21/09/2013 at 08:22

Camassias from seed

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Last Post: 03/07/2013 at 08:39

Where can I buy moss in Hampshire

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Last Post: 17/06/2013 at 15:44 unintended trial

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Last Post: 11/06/2013 at 16:34

Something for the weekend.......enjoying gardens and flowers.

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Last Post: 10/08/2013 at 12:39

Annoying Miracle-Gro advert

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Last Post: 26/06/2013 at 08:34

Gaillardia death

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Last Post: 23/05/2013 at 06:58

Encouraging young gardeners

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Last Post: 12/05/2013 at 22:15

Why I never buy online

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Last Post: 31/03/2013 at 15:27

Difficult Navigation

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Last Post: 26/03/2013 at 08:41

Looking after alpines

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Last Post: 24/03/2013 at 21:09

Gardening in the dark....

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Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 18:36
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