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Archive for November, 2011

Too late to plant bulbs??

Posted on: November 30th, 2011 by Jon 1 Comment

Some­one asked me today about how late you can plant bulbs in the ground, and still get flow­ers in the spring.  A lit­tle depends on the con­di­tion of the bulb itself, is it firm and with­out mould? I have suc­cess­fully planted Tulips up to Mid Decem­ber, and Daf­fodil and Nar­cisi bulbs even as late as Jan­u­ary, but the best tip I can get is to get them in the ground as early as pos­si­ble, with some bone meal, and a rea­son­able well dug hole. This will enable the bulb to start its growth sub-teranneanly into good soil, full of nutri­ents, which will mean it is more likely to flower in future years. In the first year the Nurs­eries have given the bulb all it needs to flower well year one, it is the fol­low­ing years that a poorly planted bulb will strug­gle. J

Winter/Spring Hanging Baskets

Posted on: November 27th, 2011 by Jon 3 Comments

Thought I would share some trade secrets on Win­ter hang­ing bas­kets with you today. Most peo­ple make up or buy Sum­mer Hang­ing Bas­kets in May and take them down in Octo­ber when they are spent. But this is only 6 month of the year. When you need extra colour is in the darker, older months when you need cheer­ing up!  Some peo­ple buy the bas­kets filed with Pan­sies with one or two flow­ers cling­ing on and have to wait until the end of March when they really start grow­ing and ful­full their poten­tial.  Those in the know plant a strong mix­ture of mini shrubs with win­ter flow­ers, berries or fol­liage that zings (usu­ally smaller spec­i­mens of the well known win­ter inter­est shrubs) mixed in with Ivy, forget-me-nots, mini conifers, helle­bores and early mini bulbs that come through in Jan-March. try Shrubs such as Vibur­num Tinus, Skim­mia Rubella, Heathers and  herba­ceous such as Helle­borus Niger,  Euphor­bia Mar­tinii and fol­liage shrubs such as Euony­mous For­tunei Emer­ald Gai­ety. Now you addd the Pan­sies and Vio­las to give extra colour…then stand back. The inter­est looks good imme­di­ately and yet in mid spring the bas­ket will come to life andd you will end up want­ing to keep it up until the end of May. Indeed this year I was in a quandry as to whether I should take them down at all! All those shrubs can then be plant­ing in con­tain­ers or directly into the bor­ders to grow on..

Chuckingham Palace

Posted on: November 26th, 2011 by Jon 2 Comments

I have to say, Lyn Field’s chick­ens are thor­oughly spoilt! After build­ing the chicken enclo­sure she has brought in 9 ladies…soon to be joined by another 3 (Speck­ledies) and they live quite the life of lux­ury in Rus­sell Road, Mose­ley. I will take some pic­tures this week so have a look at the pho­tographs on Rus­sell road past project to have a look.  But what plea­sure they bring to her life!  Every­one should have some!

Here’s look­ing a you kid!

Mulching the borders! Now is the time!

Posted on: November 23rd, 2011 by Jon 8 Comments

I have been hard at work today on my old client Gary’s garden..reminds me now is the time to get the manure on the beds…so impor­tant! Will go into more detail later..Jon

No time to rest on your laurels!!

Posted on: November 22nd, 2011 by Jon 1 Comment

As quickly as it arrived, the sum­mer and all the colour it pro­vides has vir­tu­ally dis­ap­peared leav­ing our bor­ders bereft of vir­tu­ally any colour except for fallen leaves, fungi and blue tits for­ag­ing for seeds and other autumn treats. Faced with the dreaded ques­tion, what can you rec­om­mend for my gar­den that will cheer me up with win­ter fast approach­ing? And des­pearatly try­ing to avoid the stock answer of ever­green shrubs, grasses and Pa…no I can’t say it. Ok Pan­sies. (more…)