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Started by Anchorman on Nov 4, 2014 6:14:58 PM
Happy in my garden

Talk here about anything pertaining to gardening, or whatever makes you happy in your garden.

Anchorman - 04 Nov 2014 18:16:33 (#1 of 13137)

Lovely gardening weather today. I made the last cut on some lawns today

TommyDGNR8 - 04 Nov 2014 18:26:10 (#2 of 13137)

Hello new thread. May you be fertile and bountiful.

solomongursky - 04 Nov 2014 18:28:33 (#3 of 13137)

It was dry so I cooked the compost heaps up- I raked dry leaves out from under the hedge and off the beds, then ran the mower over the lot, six big boxes, loads of nitrogen from the grass and carbon from the leaves so it heats up on the heap in about two days! Lovely stuff.

Yersinia - 04 Nov 2014 18:31:36 (#4 of 13137)

It wasn't dry here. It started off dry, and I was fixing shed gutterings, and intending to fit the damp-proof membrane for my new roof bed, but then we had un-forecasted rain, so I had to cover up the roof pronto, or I would have been sealing water into the chipboard, not out.

Bah. It's rained every day that I've tried to do this so far.

TommyDGNR8 - 04 Nov 2014 18:43:31 (#5 of 13137)

"weather will always be most clement in the periods 24 hours either side of the downpour which coincides with your only free time this week", or "Tommy's Law", as it's known.

Anchorman - 04 Nov 2014 18:49:54 (#6 of 13137)

or "It will always rain hardest and longest on the busiest gardening days of the week"

Anchorman - 04 Nov 2014 19:00:56 (#7 of 13137)

A lovely,very hardy,easily propagated penstemmon in full flower in a customer's garden today. This particular plant was a 4-5 inch cutting taken in late August or early September 14 months ago.

Kucinghitam - 05 Nov 2014 09:48:55 (#8 of 13137)

Hello new thread! Almost everything seems to be OVER in my garden, including asters (newly planted this autumn, so maybe still settling in), penstemons and rudbeckias. Surprisingly though, the lavatera had a sort of second wind and produced a few new flowers last week.

We have started spreading bags of manure on the flowerbeds.

helbel - 05 Nov 2014 10:23:45 (#9 of 13137)

Do asters die back after flowering? Mine seems to be half dead.

My pelargoniums are the only thing in the front garden still going.

The peony is looking dreadful as it dies back for winter, I'm wondering how long to leave it this year before I chop it down.

Anchorman - 05 Nov 2014 10:48:07 (#10 of 13137)

Asters flowering shoots do die back after flowering. Chop them to the ground once they've gone brown.

Same with paeonies.

WibbleAgain - 05 Nov 2014 10:48:23 (#11 of 13137)

Everything is still pretty lush and dandy in my garden.

I haven't got much in this derelict new thing I've acquired, but there's a huge hydrangea that's still got large undamaged blooms. I have dozens of things in pots and they're all still in bloom, including the geraniums.

Anchorman - 05 Nov 2014 10:50:07 (#12 of 13137)

In bloom today

helbel - 05 Nov 2014 11:29:39 (#13 of 13137)

Thanks Anchs! Will do that, the aster is looking half brown and definitely dead and half slightly sorry for itself.

I know my parents don't deadhead their hydrangea until spring and keep it dead blooms and all through winter.

WibbleAgain - 05 Nov 2014 11:32:35 (#14 of 13137)

I do sometimes when the dead blooms start to rot with too much water. It also depends on how much pruning I do to them. I prefer to prune hydrangeas in late autumn, and other things with seed heads in the spring so the birds aren't deprived of their canteen.

staticgirl - 05 Nov 2014 12:10:16 (#15 of 13137)

I hope it's dry this weekend. I need to rescue my dahlias which I think have finally finished.

BrouTwo - 05 Nov 2014 12:44:23 (#16 of 13137)

I have a dahlia in a pot. If I brought it into the house over winter, would it survive?

Tricyrtis - 05 Nov 2014 16:41:13 (#17 of 13137)

We've still got a few things flowering here. Rudbeckia laciniata is still going strong, and Hesperantha, that low growing Campanula and some of the roses. The winter plants are waking up too. Customers have got much the same, as well as Cosmos, Salvias, Chrysanths and others I've missed out.

With Hydrangeas, I wait till spring and prune them then.

Tricyrtis - 05 Nov 2014 16:41:32 (#18 of 13137)

Brou, yes it should be fine.

BrouTwo - 05 Nov 2014 16:41:58 (#19 of 13137)


Kucinghitam - 06 Nov 2014 11:21:12 (#20 of 13137)

Stupid question alert - there's a bushy thing flowering now with smallish, five-petalled and slightly trumpet-shaped yellow flowers. Some houses have trimmed it into a rather attractive hedge. On this vague description, can anybody tell me what it might be?

I want one.

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