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Woodgreen wonderboy

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winter tidy up

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 10:18

As I cut back foliage, prune roses etc I cut the bits into approx 6 inch lengths. This may help rotting down , but even if it doesn't it makes the resulting compost more manageable. Less work in the long run?


Posted: 29/11/2013 at 10:15

Hi everyone, enjoy Wizzers Chicky…. report back on Alpine House please.

I leave most leaves on flower beds… it gives a nice "natural" look to everything and great to see snowdrops and other flowers peeping through. Still leaves (sorry for that one) me with loads off the lawn and paths for rotting down.

winter tidy up

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 22:27

Tidied up my "white" border today, dahlias cut back and mulched, cosmos composted, Winchester Cathedral roses pruned very hard, anaphalus cut down, edges trimmed. Robin loved it and turned up every time I turned my back. 

Next stop , main Dahlia bed, perhaps tomorrow….. time for bed now

Overwintering Gazanias

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 17:51

I have put my pots in the porch by front door. Sheltered and some warmth from house but Porch is open to elements too. So I will leave them there and fleece if V. cold. Currently enjoying some late flowers as I go in and out.


Thanks everyone.


Posted: 28/11/2013 at 17:39

Clarington posted on "worst winter" thread a little earlier… best wishes.


Overwintering Gazanias

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 10:26

I grow lots of these lovely little crackers, mostly in pots , crammed in 8 at a go!

My questions are: do they over winter , and what's the best way to do this; and how well do they flower in subsequent years?

If they are difficult to look after over winter or flower power is somewhat less, I may compost them and start again 50 plantlets only cost me £5 plus compost. However they still look healthy at the moment and I am not ready to consign them yet.

gardening jobs

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 11:33

Look at what they concentrate on selling now, and gen up on those as a starter… no point being ignorant on those… or an expert on plants they don't focus on either. Have a FEW " good" ideas of your own where you think that these can add value to the business, but don't be a know it all . Even if they have tried these ideas in the past they should still appreciate that you have thought about the issue and could be a positive asset for the future.

By all means ask about qualifications as this is a sign of how good an employer they are. However, even then you may be expected to do all or most of it in your own time, and perhaps for minimal financial reward. GCs are not in the upper quartile of payers!

winter tidy up

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 11:22

Hi, I only tidy up where I have to at this time of year. This means those beds where spring flowers, e.g snowdrops, are expected ; leaves on lawn, because not doing it now means even more work next year helping the lawn recover. Everything else I leave to Spring to do. This helps the wildlife, and I can see where I am when the new growth emerges, where new gaps need plugging etc. It is also the time for new projects which might mean starting over in an existing bed.If I tidy now much of it will need retidying next year… double jeopardy!  

That's my excuse anyway.


Posted: 27/11/2013 at 09:54

Sorry I neglected you all yesterday… it has taken ages to catch up and take in all your news. Great news Stacey, keep taking the pills. BizLiz, sorry for your car but v. glad you are OK. Something to tell the grandchildren. Gg, slow down a bit please… Sholing wasn't built in a day!

Cooking a new Nigel recipe today… Duck with Ginger and citrus….need to set duck marinading, then really must get into garden, to tidy pots, and set tulips going. Nigel eats this with rice, but plain ol' mash might sop up the juices best?

Meeting in pub tonight to discuss putting a defibrillator next to the shop. But who needs a reason ……..


Posted: 25/11/2013 at 21:03

Gg don't forget to eat lots of spinach

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