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clay soil

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 19:43

You should grow dahlias, but ask your neighbour, if he has the same soil, and if so, what does he do with them overwinter. Choice is to leave them in, and the cold wet clay may not be great for them, or dig up the tubers after the first frost and store them, replanting in Spring. I am sure he or she will be happy to advise best course for your conditions. I grow loads, but have lightish soil and can leave them in. 

clay soil

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 19:31

Clay is the lesser of evils. Something in between would be nice.

Repeat Roses will flower late in year, and love clay.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 19:27

Dare I say fuchsias, monkey puzzle trees, azaleas, rhodis?

clay soil

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:29

means it needs you to keep adding and adding some form of bulkier material to give it structure and lots of feed  and watering in summer just about every year. Even then the plants may struggle. Clay on the other hand is already fertile, although it can be a b****r to dig. Most clay soils have 2 short periods when they can be very easy to dig, usually Spring and Autumn when they are neither too dry (summer) and like concrete, nor too wet (winter) when your wellies get sucked off your feet never to be seen again.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 17:24


clay soil

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 16:58

Clay may be back breaking but sand is heart breaking,,,


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 15:11

40 years ago it was very fashionable to plant a pampas grass, no matter how small your garden. I certainly filled a small front garden with one.

I wonder what today's "embarrassing mistake" plant is? Any nominations?


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 15:06

Lyn, best to show it a bit off mark, for safety and security? But 50 miles is a tad much.


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 08:35

Hi all, murky here, but going into town to buy presses for little ones. Big ones have been told that they won't be getting anything this year as I shall be making a charitable donation instead on their behalf, and I hope they will do the same for me. 

Planted new hellebores in conifer corner yesterday and trimmed leaves off established plants. Signs of snowdrop noses. Not long now. Shortest day beckons.....


Posted: 16/12/2014 at 08:09

OK Chicky I will look into openings in the new year. In 2014 the floods kept it shut. The Avon flows through the grounds. Or should I say over it?

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