Saturday 19 September 2020, 12:22 GMT

Home   :   Schedule   :   Chatroom   :   Presenters   :   Programmes   :   Phoenix events   :   Local events   :   History   :   Links   :   Advertise   :   Contact

What to Do in the Garden in the Snow!

What a week this has been weather wise. We had a couple of very cold nights last weekend and my journey through the centre London on Monday I could see the effects! Ginko biloba had dropped all its leaves at one go and were all green.  


I guess you did not do a lot of gardening this week but hope you listened to my advice during the week................... and that was to go out and shake the snow off your prized bushes otherwise this morning in the thaw you may just have found flat on the ground!


The forecast for this week is cold down to minus 8! Stay indoors and listen to Phoenix98FM perhaps looking back at your succeses and failures in the garden. Look through catalogues and order those seeds.


This week I received a question from Glenn Gossling from Ilford: “What grows well in dry shaded areas?”

“Plants are so versatile and can grow in the wildest wettest and driest places on earth so with a bit of planning can find some for your garden.

“Obviously you need to give them a good start so when you plant them, incorporate good, well rotted compost into the ground and water them well. After that they can be left to fend for themselves.

“Mahonia aquafolium is a good evergreen spiky plant that has clusters of yellow flowers in early spring (grows to 2ft). If it's a climber you are after then Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Virginia Creeper) will stand shade and drought. However, be careful as it can grow 20ft a year! A nice evergreen ground cover is Vinca minor "Aureomarginata" at only 4 inches tall and producing light mauve flowers in the spring. Epimedium rubrum (pictured) is a great ground cover plant in the shade under trees and shrubs. The leaves are flushed with red when young and turn reddish-brown in autumn, remaining throughout the winter. Crimson and yellow flowers appear in mid- to late spring.”





Written by
Posted in

To find out what's coming up and what you've missed join the Phoenix FM mailing list.


Add a comment

Your name:
Your town:
Your email:

Anti spam question: what is two plus two? Write the number, not the word:


Please keep your comments legal, honest, decent!
IP addresses are recorded and any abuse will be dealt with accordingly!
Click here to listen
Click here to watch the webcam and join the chatroom

Now playing:
n o w   o n   a i r

1200 Spencer Carter
n e x t   o n   a i r

1500 John Chubb
s o m e   a d s

Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to undefined function split() in /homepages/4/d121083613/htdocs/phoenix98fm/ Stack trace: #0 /homepages/4/d121083613/htdocs/phoenix98fm/ process_metar('') #1 /homepages/4/d121083613/htdocs/phoenix98fm/includes/ include('/homepages/4/d1...') #2 /homepages/4/d121083613/htdocs/phoenix98fm/story/4440.php(22): include('/homepages/4/d1...') #3 {main} thrown in /homepages/4/d121083613/htdocs/phoenix98fm/ on line 670