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Dahlia seedlings

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 13:48
I grew theses a few years ago..they are smashing plants and the bees etc love them.
Where are your plants, a house window sill? And how tall are they, have new stems appeared from the leaf joints after the first pinch. What size pots are they in.
It's probably more a case of them needing more light. I have a small greenhouse so I'm lucky, if you don't have one try popping the plants outdoors in a warm sheltered spot and bringing them back indoors on an evening.

seed collection

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 10:02
The simple answer is yes but what I looked at were too expensive for merely storing your own seeds. If you google seed envelopes you'll,get a list. There are also templates to down load.
I recycle envelopes I receive ..cut the corners off say two inches by two inches cello tape one open side closed. When ready write on seed type etc, fill and seal shot with more tape. Works for me.

Crocus bulbs

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 15:15
Are you lifting them to store til the Autumn or lifting them to plant somewhere else now.
If you want to store them I'd leave them where they are and give a feed or two with tomato fertiliser to build the bulbs up then lift them when the leaves are yellow and withered. That will be about May time.
If you want to transplant them I reckon you can do it now but follow the same regime as above.

first butterfly seen today

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 22:46
Hi from The NE, what a lovely warm day it's been here. Lots of butterflies around today. Ones I could identify were a pair of tortishells getting very friendly, and at least two different peacocks. Hope we don't get a cold spell.

Easter Cactus

Posted: 04/04/2015 at 14:11
I bought a reduced price Christmas Cactus for ??2 in a GC in December, it looked fine but had dropped it's buds. It regained it's strength and flowered for weeks. I thought it has finished so moved it ...lo and behold it's covered in buds again so back to it's prime position so I can enjoy it all over again....a Christmas and Easter cactus in one! It proved to be great value?
Thanks Dove for the care instructions.

Too many worms?

Posted: 02/04/2015 at 18:05
Although my main bins are wooden last year I transferred some nearly cooked ie not quite crumbly compost to an old plastic dustbin with lid. A few days later I lifted off the lid and the top of the compost, top of the bin and the lid were covered in brandling worms. In my case it was because the whole bin was too hot and they were trying to escape. If your parents bin has a plastic lid maybe that's what's happened if the weather has warmed up.
You can't have too many..I rescued the seething masses and but them into my old wooden bin.

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 16:48
There's another thread running re Aeoniums so that's prompted me to update my thread. Another thank you to all those who offered advice. My Aeonium has survived another winter mostly on my bedroom windowsill. The small offsets about six of them have really grown well so as the weather warms !! I'll take some off as cuttings.

peacock orchid

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 09:50 they aren't hardy, mine were left abandoned in pots over winter in the open as I'd given up on them. It was only when I emptied the pots I discovered the bulbs and offsets.

lorr 1500 ...we'll all try and remember this thread and post our results.

Thickening a Sparse Beech Hedge

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 21:29
We've had to thin down our hedge. I was advised to do one side at a time to let the hedge recover which is what we're doing . It's incredible how much leaf they produce from one little pointy bud. I have to be patient in the spring as it looses it's over wintered leaves and here in the NE it doesn't get going til May.
Clipping in late summer ie taking off some new growth helps it retain it's leaves.
The BFB is a good tip, thank you Dove.
Perhaps growing annual climbers up it would be OK, nasturtiums say, I can't imagine they'd take up much food and you could make a hole with a spike to plant the seeds.

peacock orchid

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 21:20
Same for me, nice to hear other folk are in the same position. The original bulbs seemed larger than the ones I bought last year so fingers crossed
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