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Wrapping up for winter

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Those of you will have noticed that I sometimes mention my mother and her penchant for tender plants. Well tender for up here – maybe not so for some of you.
The list this year includes phormium, scented pelargonium and a rather large Cordyline Australis (3 stems).
Luckily I was at hand to stop her lifting a lovely, large and expensive yukka 2 weeks ago.
The afore mentioned Cordyline Red Star – came into the garden in February (lucky it was a mild winter). It had 3 stems and was around a metre high. To start with how on earth she managed to get it in the car escapes me!!
I thought it best to plant this in a container – off we went to purchase a container suitable enough in size.
I kept it in a sheltered corner behind a Rhododenron until I was sure it was warm enough to venture ‘out’.
She decided that the best place to put it would be up on the decking – It would make a nice backdrop for other containers she told me. I was so pleased that I had filled the bottom of the pot with polystryrene to cut down on the weight. Up onto the deck it was placed – sunny, sheltered and out of the wind.
The cats (3 young boys) decided that this plant made a great climbing frame – they promptly snapped one of the stems – thus making it a bi-stemmed. I had to saw it off (at an angle).
I’ve rambled on there a bit and I didn’t mean too!
Time has come to sort out some protection for the winter – so this is what I’ve chosen to do – whether or not it will be successful, goodness only knows. At least she can’t say I didn’t try :))

Here it is…foliage all pulled up and tied using garden twine and a kind of wigwam created out of long garden canes. I’ve managed to push them right down into the pot which should stop them falling over. Please note the afore mentioned Phormium to the left – I will tackle that tomorrow :))


Note to self…you really must pretty up that shed window :))

I found an old excersise mat lying around in the shed – I thought this might work like lagging on a water tank. I used bungy ropes to hold it in place as I didn’t think string would be strong enough and I couldn’t find any old clothes lines (I know there is some but it is somewhere safe!!!!).
I filled up to the top with straw – you can just see the new shoot to the rear and a sedum stem which broke of the parent plant a few weeks back. I just stuck it in here in hope it will root – I’ll just leave it there, you never know.

Experience has taught me that anything sharp tears the winter plant fleece. To combat this problem at the top end of the wigwam – I tied together some garden netting I had lying around and used cable ties to attach it to the top of the canes…..

A quick shuffle around with some of the other pots awaiting their winter treatment, skateboard at the ready (forgot to take a picture) and pushed into the corner and back up on bricks.
A large fleece was pulled down over the top – attached with another bungy around the pot and a couple of cable ties at the top.

There you have it – I hope I’ve done enough. If I’ve missed anything or not taken anything into consideration – please let me know.

Thanks for reading xx

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Well if that doesn't survive it won't be your fault!

18 Oct, 2012

 

Great ideas !

18 Oct, 2012

 

Thanks Steragram and TT.
Steragram - did you note your Skateboard tip - you mentioned using a skateboard to move my Acer which was in the wrong place :))

18 Oct, 2012

 

You did everything you possibly could:) let's hope it will work:)

18 Oct, 2012

 

It all depends on the weather........lap of the gods..!

18 Oct, 2012

 

Good use of the exercise mat Scottish! ... if you're anything like me, you'll be needing the green netting somewhere in the garden and then remember where it is! ... :o)

18 Oct, 2012

 

Well done Scottish. What a good job!

18 Oct, 2012

 

as regards prettying up the shed window.... ours is similar to yours, and we bought some of that stretchable willow trellis [I think expanding is the right word!] it's all 'criss-crosses' and looks just right at a shed window and hides lots of stuff but doesn't look 'twee' as it's a shed.just hang it on a couple of nails top and bottom and job done.

18 Oct, 2012

 

Don't remember suggesting the skateboard, but glad it worked!

18 Oct, 2012

 

Other than giving it a hot water bottle at bedtime, I don`t see as there is anything else you can do Scottish, good trick using the nylon netting to cushion the fleece.....

18 Oct, 2012

 

Looks like you've done a good job there, hope it survives :o)

18 Oct, 2012

 

Brilliant job, Scot. they should be fine there, fingers crossed. Great blog.

18 Oct, 2012

 

They say it's best to layer up to keep warm,Scottish..hope it works for the plant as well :o)

19 Oct, 2012

 

Well that's wrapped up snugly isn't it ... I hope it will be all right for you now. The things we do for our plants ... but there's nothing else for it. We have to look after them, and your mother will also be pleased, I'm sure :o)

I've got a shed window just like yours (well worse than yours actually lol)

19 Oct, 2012

 

It looks like a rocket! lol

19 Oct, 2012

 

Was Mumsie pleased though , Scottish ?
Such endeavour , but how will it get a drink in there ?

19 Oct, 2012

 

Its amazing knowledge:-)))

19 Oct, 2012

 

Thanks all - mother is now pleased I've got it sorted!!!!
Driad - the bottom bungy can come of and I can lift up the fleece and water that way. It had a good water before I put the straw on.

19 Oct, 2012

 

I think that rain can go through the fleece, might say it on the pack if you still have it by you Scottish.

21 Oct, 2012

 

Well done, we are bound to have a mild winter now lol

21 Oct, 2012

 

Snoop - it better not escape after the bother I've went too...lol!!
Dorjac - yes it lets moisture through - If anything I think that sagging may be a problem if it gets too wet but I'll just keep tighenting it up and hold with washing pegs!
DD - I'd love to say you are right but I've just watched the weather on Countrywise - the white stuff is coming - it's been very cold here lately!!

21 Oct, 2012

 

I've just watched it as well,Scottish..oh,no ! already? It has been a beautiful warm day here,I had to take my jacket off ! Not looking forward to Friday,at all.so glad I finished getting all my plants ready,last week..

21 Oct, 2012

 

Glad you have all your plants ready Bloomer - I'm getting there - I'll get the rest of them finished tomorrow. Ran out of Bubble Wrap and didn't manage to get for it until today!!

21 Oct, 2012

 

At least we got a good advance warning,Scottish..they seem to be pretty accurate on the weekly forecast..

21 Oct, 2012

 

Oh dear no not the dreaded white stuff..........

21 Oct, 2012

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