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Daffodils advice

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 17:50
Thank you Lyn, I've now found a new toy, some of those accents or whatever they are called I've never seen before..

Out od date seeds

Posted: 02/02/2016 at 23:33
What I've done in the past is to do a germination test. Dampen some kitchen paper, sprinkle on a few seeds and fold the paper over. Pop in a plastic box or bag and put on a window sill, keep the paper damp and wait and see what happens. If there's signs of life use the rest of the seeds at the right time.


Posted: 22/01/2016 at 20:12
Here in the NE I have my first snowdrops flowering, some potted Iris Reticulata are just starting to flower too. As for daffs, I have several varieties, they are no more than an inch high if they are showing at all! Folk who have them in bud /flower are fortunate in my eyes it means winter is slipping into Spring. I'll have to wait my turn ????

Dahlia's - recommended sources?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 15:09
Ha ha ...I had to google KBO...I'll be using that acronym myself from now on.
Everyone who posts on here has a knowledge base somewhere between zero to blooming heck clever. I find it good fun to read and pick up kernels of knowledge all the time. Enjoy.

URGENT orchid suddenly lost all leaves

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 13:38
I have several and they thrive on minimal attention. Watered by dunk/soaking about every 10 days. I add very dilute tomato fertiliser to the water once a month March to October.
The point in replying is to say the latest addition which I bought in the summer only lasted for about 10" weeks. It then rotted in the centre of the plant. I think it had been watered incorrectly in the shop ie top watered and it started a rot in the crown. My decision was to compost mine best of luck with yours paperpheasant.


Posted: 14/01/2016 at 13:28
I had a kojo-no-mai in a glazed pot for several years and it did fine. What was useful for me is I could move it to a less viewed part of the garden when it's flowering was over. About 3 years ago I planted it in a border but it's never been very happy. Buttercup you've prompted me to to lift it and repot in a new pot...need the snow to go first. Perishing today in the NE.

Dahlia's - recommended sources?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 13:23
I use Halls of Heddon too. Their display gardens aren't far away from me, ie near Newcastle upon Tyne.
I grow dahlias every year, A couple of years ago I started a new rose border semi under planted with lower growing dahlias. To my mind it wasn't a god idea. I've found that dahlias flower much better when dead headed not a pleasant task when dodging rose thorns.

Impatiens Niamniamensis

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 22:30
Thanks for the reply Logan. The leaves were certainly low temperature, if not frost damaged, they went wet and fell off. There were tiny bud shoots on the stems and in the couple of days they've been indoors they seem to be growing. The stems of these plants are much sturdier than normal Impatiens which would have been mush by now. The plan is to just keep them ticking over and a cut back in Spring. Another lesson learnt.

Acers & Honeysuckle

Posted: 09/01/2016 at 16:16
I was advised if Japanese maples need to be cut back ie the odd branch removed this should be done in the depth of winter ie Dec/Jan before the sap rises as they can bleed. I don't believe they need pruning as such. I'm waiting for this bliddy rain to stop here in the NE so I can get out and do mine.

Martagon Lilies

Posted: 09/01/2016 at 12:31
Years ago I grew some lilies with a dark red Turks head sort of flower. I dug them out as they were the reverse of scented..they smelt like dogs poo!
Would they have been Martagon lilies? Don't want to make the same mistake again. Thanks
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