Woodgreen wonderboy

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Posted: 03/07/2014 at 07:24

Off into garden now, as my "man who does", is about to arrive. Will report on progress later

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 07:22

Percy was my first gardening guru......

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 07:04

Also most of their roses are the old fashioned types which have one marvellous but relatively short season. The scent is almost overpowering, and is boosted by underplanting with dianthus, which are equally heady.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:56

Thanks Chicky, you enjoy it too. I am going on Thursday. I am staying locally overnight  so won't need such an early start as usual,, and will still start with a full english in the Tiltyard.. I might be looking for posh furniture for my new terrace.

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:52

Mottisfont is near me so I go every year, especially when roses are at their best. Very good this year, and earlier. Lots of work going on to give more all year round interest as well.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:50

I left all my dahlias in the ground last winter and they have survived well. The only problem was that they are underplanted with daffs. and while the latter's foliage was dying down the whole bed became a mass of weed and dying foliage. Eventuallu I got in among it to clear it out and it is now fine. I have then mulched it with spent MPC... looks very neat. Other risk was slugs and snails chomping on the emerging dahlias down among the daffs/weeds, so had no choice but to broadcast pellets.

I used to store tubers and then pot them up as soon as buds started to show. They were stood outside in a sunny spot straight away, usually March/April ( if frost threatened I moved them overnight to shelter). So I grew them hard from the off, and I think this avoids legginess. A few dahlias which I grow in large pots, and which I am forcing to gain a head start for showing them at the local Show, are definitely taller but are strong and flowering well. Growing them on indoors seems to be the risk for legginess.

Hope this helps.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:35

I have never lost agapanthus to cold weather but I do cover my 2 large glazed pots with a bin bag which mostly cuts the risk of water logging. Not sure why I do it, but has become a habit. My favourite white varieties are moved into the GH and those in the gravel have to take their chances. They do OK.

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:26

I live in the New Forest and I believe it looks pretty much like the bracken we have here in abundance. If we are not absolutely sure my vote would be not to take any risks and have it removed. If in doubt whip it out.......


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:48

Hi Allium2, It can take a year or so to get the first flowers, and then they multiply. I have some glazed pots with 7 plants in each. I now get in excess of 50 flowers in each.

There is a theory that they like to be planted in constrained, cramped conditions to replicate their natural environment where they grow in rock crevices. However some professional growers I have spoken to have said they are equally happy in open ground. Does anyone else have an opinion on this highly important question/

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:25

Please feel free to come and see number 3 when you are next in town.

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