HIHS On Line Magazine: November 2019

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Home Page Photo: Cortaderia Selloana (Pampas grass)
Shrubs For Winter Colour
Christmas Display
Autumn-fruiting Raspberries
Cryptic Teasers 4
November's Country Ways
Alpine Garden: Hypertufa
International Gardening
Bare Root Roses

Home Page Photo:
Cortaderia Selloana (Pampas grass)

Cortaderia Selloana
The dense white plumes of Cortaderia Selloana 'Patagonia'
last well into winter over tussocks of hardy evergreen foliage.

A native species found in rocky gullies, riverbanks and roadsides.
Plants tolerate a range of environmental conditions
but prefer sandy, low pH soils.

RHS advice on care and cultivation.

Shrubs For Winter Colour

November is ideal for planting pot grown shrubs.

Four to offer autumnal interest
and lift the spirits on even the darkest day.

Ilex aquifolium RHS advice on care and cultivation.
Viburnum tinus RHS advice on care and cultivation.
Cornus sanguinea RHS advice on care and cultivation.
Cotoneaster atropurpureus RHS advice on care and cultivation.

Christmas Display

cuting stem
To create a stunning indoor arrangement for Christmas,
Cut stems of early flowering shrubs such as:
witch hazel, jasmine, honeysuckle, wintersweet and viburnum.

Chrush the foot of each stem and stand
in a bucket of water in a cool, frost-free, room.

Near Christmas arrange and bring into the living area.

Autumn-fruiting Raspberries

Autumn-fruiting raspberries
should have been pruned by November.

If not get cutting this year's fruiting stems
back to near ground level
and tie in the new ones to the support frame.

Cryptic Teasers 4

1. Shepherd’s friend with a baker’s ingredient.
2. Amerald accommodation.3. Weight of gold.
4. Bill and Ben's friend.5. If you borrow, you...
6. Wind section instrument with roof support.

Answers at the foot of this page.

November's Country Ways

November's sky is chill and drear,
November's leaf is red and sear.
Sir Walter Scott

If leaves not fall by Martinmas Day,
a cruel winter is on the way.
(St. Martin's Day 11th November)

If there's ice in November, that will bear a duck,
then follows a winter of slush and muck.

As high as November's weeds do grow,
so will the coming bank of snow.

When the wind is in the East,
'tis neither good for man nor beast.

Alpine Garden: Hypertufa

alpine gardens
Make your own alpine garden
for entering into the HIHS Spring Show.

Construct the trough using hypertufa formed from:
2 parts sand, 2 parts peat and 1 part cement.

Add water in stages mixing till stiff like porridge.

If covering an old glazed sink first apply
a coat of epoxy glue to aid adhesion.

Leave the outer surface rough to enhance appearance
and form holes in the base for drainage.

Put crocks in the base,
fill with a free draining soil,
then plant and cover inbetween with shingle.

Plants with fibrous roots will eventually
grow into hypertufa.

International Gardening

Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands.

A transplanted tree seldom prospers.

Sticks and stones are thrown only at fruit-bearing trees.

A good garden may have some weeds,
weeds never die.

Spring is a virgin, Summer a mother,
Autumn a widow and Winter a stepmother.

Great oaks from little acorns grow.

Bare-Root Roses

rose planting
Plant at the earliest opportunity following delivery.

Choose an open position in full sun,
which has not been planted with roses in recent years.

Roses enjoy a rich, fertile, well drained soil.
Dig in plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost,
to the soil prior to planting.

Add a small handful of granular fertiliser into the hole.
Heal well in and water regulary.

RHS advice on planting roses.

Cryptic 4 Solutions

1. Cauliflower2. Greenhouse
3. Carrot4. Weed
5. Willow

6. Hornbeam

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