Posted in Evergreen, Hedging, Hedging with flowers, Scented, Scented evergreens, Shade loving plants, Shrubs, Winter, tagged camellia nurseries, Camellia sasanqua, Evergreen_shrubs_, noel kingsbury, Outofmyshed, Pink_and_yellow_flowers_for_winter_, Plants for autumn pollinators, plants_for_winter_pollinators, Stunning_winter_blooms for the garden, Winter_colour_and _scent_ in the garden on January 28, 2013 |
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I’m not a great Camellia fan. I find their dark evergreen foliage can be relentlessly gloomy, especially in our winter months. But when you’re greeted in a garden by these playful blooms, you can’t help but feel uplifted. I’m strangely enchanted by their offbeat flappy petals and their in-your-face winter colour. And when the sun does shine, they have a gentle, slightly cloying (heading towards mothballs) scent, which is no doubt great for early pollinators.
A week later, and these brilliant blooms haven’t survived the snow,
but new buds have toughed it out, and are ready to put on a show once more. And despite myself, I’m finding it difficult not to love ’em.
Here’s a great article by Noel Kingsbury on how and where to grow Camellia sasanqua, with a helpful list of Camellia nurseries too.
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Posted in Allotment, Bulbs, Garlic, Plant Nurseries, Still time to, Watering, tagged best time to plant garlic, Garlic suppliers UK, Outofmyshed, Planting_Garlic, Solent Wight Garlic, UK gardening Blog, When to plant garlic on December 18, 2012 |
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I love roasted fresh garlic and this seems like reason enough to plant a row or two whilst the ground is not frozen at my allotment. My mate Colin says, “Plant on the shortest day (well only 4 days to go!) and harvest on the longest”. I’m yearning for summer already! You can plant cloves anytime between November and March and I’ve plumped for Solent Wight from the Garlic Farm as it has a great taste, grows happily in our climate and stores well. Prepare your soil well, adding plenty of compost and give your bulbs the sunniest space possible for best results. Be careful as you divide the cloves as any damage may lead to rotting and plant an inch and a half (3-4cms) deep, root down and pointy end up, about 6 inches apart. I’ll feed with Potassium sulphate in February, water well come March, then pray for a bit of sunshine to help it flourish. Here’s hoping……
P.s. Garlic can be grown in pots as well as in the ground, although bulbs probably won’t grow to such a large size. You’ll need a pot at least six inches wide and deep, but the bigger the pot, the more bulbs you can grow (and the less watering you’ll have to do!). Planting bulbs three to four inches (7-10cm) apart, you can fit 3 bulbs into a 6inch (15cm) pot, 6 into an 8inch (20cm) pot and 9 into a 10inch (25cm) pot.
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