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Feeding Spring Bulbs

Posted: Yesterday at 17:51
It may depend where you live, I'm in the NE. I have hyacinths in my garden and the come every year. The flowers aren't like the flowers which you'd get from fresh bulbs, they are not as full ie not so many individual small flowers but I think that's better in a garden. When my bulbs of all sorts finish flowering I use half strength tomato fertiliser a few times. Leave the leaves until they yellow as they will feed the bulb to build up the flower for the following year.

Hello Everyone

Posted: 24/02/2015 at 10:33
Morning Tracey and hello from NE gardening today....windy and 3 degrees urghhhh roll on Spring

Fuchsia, Blueberry and new rose

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 00:15
Ah if only the Metro did come to Washington Heworth is the closest I can get. Anyway I hope your plants thrive. As I said just send me a private message if you want some cuttings.

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 22:36
What lovely stories and memories. MyDad gardened but it was practical veg and as lovely as he was he never involved me. I had an Aunt who lived close by and she had a garden with beds and borders, she had no children of her own and loved me pottering with her. She helped me grow an apple from a pip. A couple of years later it was transplanted into Dads garden, it never produced apples but over the years my various pets had their burial underneath. When I think of Aunt Bell it's the smell of catmint and Artemisia! She wore Sweetpea perfume bought at Woolworth's. I too made rose perfume now I make comfrey perfume don't know which one smelt worse haha.

Fuchsia, Blueberry and new rose

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 22:24
Hi Willowkitten, I don't live far from you, I'm in Washington. I have several varieties of hardy fushia, at this time of year all they are just brown sticks. As a previous poster suggested do a gentle scrape test. I've cut my Fushias back this week to a height of about 4 inches. Some folk suggest waiting until you see buds but I don't do that. Give your fushia a good while before you pronounce it dead. I'll happily set some cuttings away for you in the summer if you want more plants.

Easy to grow/maintain purple and pink flowers

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 22:15
Although I grow dahlias in borders I also grow some in pots. Keep well watered and feed with tomato fertiliser. A good one is Fascination. A cole of feet tall, dark bronze leaves and killer pink flowers. It is a flat flower not what you'd typically imagine as an allotment dahlia, and the bees butterflies love it.

Spring Bulbs

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 16:32
They are lovely, I think spring bulbs and flowering plants give a real mental lift at this time of year and spur you on when the going gets tough.

artificially triggering germination

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 15:41
Thank you, you learn something new every day.

Talkback: Lavender and wallflower pot display

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 15:40
I live in the NE and although mine were still flowering, it never stops, I've just cut the stems back to tidy it up. I find the plants last about 3 years before getting too straggly. I take cuttings in the summer they root very easily.
I think the planter would only work in a half barrel.

Compost bin....again

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 15:37
Mine aren't beehives just a close boarded wooden style, home built from fence boards standing on soil. They are over20 years old have never had any treatment and are just starting to rot at the bottom but the whole structure seems to be self supporting.
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