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peacock orchid

Posted: Today 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: Yesterday 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: Yesterday 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

Advice needed

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 17:38
I'd nurture them until the summer. Put the pot out doors in a sheltered spot for now. Keep watered but not soaking. Feed with tomato fertiliser every couple of weeks. The leaves will yellow and die back in the summer. When that happens empty the pot trim off leaves and roots. Wrap in paper and keep somewhere cool until Autumn.
You can plant them in the garden, I have several patches, but I prefer to pot them up for early scent and colour in the house. They don't have the full packed flower heads they had originally but I prefer that.

using patio sand for drainage

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 18:45
I needed a small amount of sharp sand yesterday but didn't have any so I raided the bag of kiln dried to mix half and half with some compost to plant a couple of emergency cuttings. It was OK but as Edd said it's much finer

spreading all over - id if possbile please

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 18:35
I don't have this plant in my garden but I think it may be Hemeracallis, sorry about spelling, common name day lily

Lovely last tweet by Leonard Nimoy

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 16:59
That's magic, I used to watch Star Trek on my first TV, black and white of course back in the early 70s. Wednesday evening, with a Vesta Beef curry on a tray on my knee. Only had a back yard then so no gardening.
What a lovely way to remember him.
Thanks for sharing

Talkback: How to grow dahlias from seed

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 16:54
If you want taller ones with single flowers, good for bees etc, then give Bishops Children a go.


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 11:12
Hi Hosta I made the mistake years ago of using a narrower necked pots. One had to be smashed???? but my under gardener rescued the other pots by literally cutting out the agapanthus with a kitchen knife, not a pretty sight! But the plants did recover very quickly. Mine are very vigorous but not particularly hardy evergreen ones. I initially made the mistake of planting them in a border arghh the formed a root mass like concrete and partly rotted in a bad winter...with gardening you learn by your mistakes.


Posted: 28/02/2015 at 08:27
It tip it out, not easy, and see if the roots completely fill the pot, that might help someone advise you. I would think about potting it into a larger pot rather than split it. Mine had flowered and two years ago were poor I repotted them and had a good show last year, I think they were hungry.
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