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Daff & tulip shoots already?

Posted: 04/12/2014 at 23:07

Hi Tomsk, like you I was clearing up and I've got Muscari ( Grape Hyacinths)  flowering, luckily I've got big drifts of them so hopefully plenty of flowers in the Spring. Nature will do as she will re flowering times. A hard winter will slow flowering.

As for your dahlias mine were like yours but mine are now lifted and stored as I didn't want to risk losing them if there were heavy frosts. Check out other Dahlia threads for options.

Describes me pretty damn well

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 16:05

Well!! I had to google up hill gardener didn't i ? The things you learn on a gardening forum. Thanks for making me laugh out loud


Posted: 23/11/2014 at 17:48

I have foxgloves dotted here and there in my garden. I try to deadhead the spikes so they don't produce too much seed. Often fail though haha, one plant at the base of a fence has produced literally thousands of tiny seedlings. That said they are easy to weed even when they get bigger, not like teasels which are blighters to get out if they get sizeable. I moved a largish foxglove just a week or so ago and its perked up fine. Gemma I don't think you'd have a problem with them in the veg plot.

Over Wintering Dahlias

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 17:51

Hi Bill, that's roughly how I've dealt with mine for the last 20 years or so except I wrap mine in newspaper before they are put in plastic carrier bags and hung in the garage rafters. I have an excellent survival rate. 

Busy lifting currently, some of the tubers are huge! Nice photos by the way


Forum picture

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 17:47

Not about Forum pictures but a sort of linked question..I always browse by looking at latest posts. On the listing why do some posts have a chilli on the left hand size..just curious, I bet the answer is obvious Haha.

What do you do next with cuttings that have taken pls?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 12:13

It's hard to leave them isn't it. I've got pelagonium cuttings at the same stage, obviously growing still, I feel I want to pot them on but I know leaving them Alone is the best thing. I need to keep them indoors as it is too cold for them in my unheated greenhouse I'll banish them to a less sunny window sill when I'm feeling stronger.  

Lovely little lupins - is it best to just leave these pls?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 12:04

If they are like my late seedlings they need a little looking after. They may die completely back or keep a glimmer of green going try to remove any dead leaves to avoid mould growing. Certainly don't pot on, as nut cutlet says keep just moist, also watch out for greenfly if they keep their leaves. The little perishes are always looking for an easy meal.

Growing on tulips

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 16:20

I try to be selective with the off shoots ie discarding the tiny ones, mind I hate to do it. In my case i am only talking about potted tulips. Those in the ground take their chance and aren't lifted. My tulips get planted at the beginning of November, I replant into fresh compost each year a mixture of JI 2 and multi purpose, some times some home produced compost too. I sprinkle some BFB in.  The bulbs are all planted at the same depth ie will have 4-5 inches of compost over them. Main bulbs are about 2 inches apart and babies popped in around them. Once they are well up in the spring they are fed with tomato fertiliser once a week. I think a bed system would work well but sadly I don't have the space.....mind I probably would have if I didn't have so many pots on the go.


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 16:02

Hi I'm a gradual lifter, ie round about now mine are lifted a few at a time,and processed.I usually don't get frosts until mid winter and then its too perishing cold to be working on borders. I do clean mine off with a jet from a hose pipe, I find they dry off much quicker than waiting for clayish soil to dry. I've posted in previous winters that mine are wrapped in newspaper then stored in carrier bags and hung in the garage rafters. Now I know folk have worried that this might encourage rot but all I can say is it has worked for me for many years. I did wrap some just in newspaper last year and popped them in a cardboard box but I found those dried out too much.

Unknown plant on GW?

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 15:52

Don't know what the first photographs are but at a guess I think the shrub in LeadFarmers picture might be Kerria Japonica 

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