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Tulips

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 20:55

As a rider to the question could I ask is it actually essential to lift tulip bulbs and store them for the next year?

Last year a few tulips came up that I never planted - from a previous year's planting presumably.

I planted more tulips for the first time last year and they all seem to be doing well, some types are even in flower now (GiusseppI Verdi) .

Could they not all stay in the ground? 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 22:42

Norfolk: The day started (around 7am) with a temperature of about 10° in the shade. Very promising. And it got so much better!

The last few sunny days have been so good for morale - I've cut lawns, washed and dried 100+ of last years pots that have been soaking for months (yuk!) in a huge flexy bucket. They are so clean now you could eat out of them  (I won't but you could!)

Today has certainly been the best day of the year so far - beautifully warm and sunny. Loads of plants coming through now and with colour at last to lift the spirits I got such a lot done: cutting back, pruning, tidying and sweeping - I feel so virtuous  don't know myself! 

Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 22:31

Yes, blairs, I've a pair of pointy scissors that certainly worked better than secateurs last year. The foliage has amazing tensile strength even when wet and semi rotten (could be worth the design experts researching for some new application) but strangely hasn't enough bulk for secateurs to be effective; luckily it is very easily cut through with sharp scissors.

Thank you Duncan for your reassurance on the fern remaining healthy on its own. You're right, of course;  my only concern is that it stands in front of my window overlooking the back garden where It is already beginning to block the view. That said, it is a beautiful plant and certainly looks happy at the moment - what more can a gardener wish for? 

Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:11

Thank you blairs 

Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:02

Thanks Forester and Fg 

Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:41

Thank you Nut, Dove and Fairygirl for your prompt response. 

As you say, Nut, 'leaving it' is what happens in nature. My only concern there is that the existing foliage might grow too high. 

I think I too would instinctively cut out anything that has died off but most of it looks healthy. in which respect, doesn't the process of natural die back allow nutrients to return to the 'parent plant'? I wouldn't want to cut off this process, if possible to avoid it.

Fairygirl, thank you for your kind greeting. Yes I am OK but rather been hibernating in among two or three new non-gardening (ie indoor)projects.

Although the winter has been mild for plants I can't say we've had any days when I have felt like going out into the garden myself. It's been just too wet or windy including, for me at least, too cold. I envy the healthy outdoor types their hardiness.

Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:02

My glorious fern patch usually dies down over winter and I leave the dead and dying foliage lying on the main plant base and surrounding earth to act as frost protection and ground cover. This one has at last begun to die back...

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38657.jpg?width=350

This seems to have worked well for years, then once any risk of further frosts seems unlikely I carefully tidy up the whole area removing the whole (usually sodden) mass and am delighted by how quickly the little coils of new shoots spring up to greet the Spring. 

This year, however, I am in a bit of a quandary. After such a relatively mild, wet winter another of my ferns has come through virtually unscathed in fact seems to have loved the experience.

these three photos are all of the same plant...

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38658.jpg?width=350

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38659.jpg?width=350

 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38661.jpg?width=350

 The quandary is:

  1. Should I just leave it untouched this year?
  2. Should I just wait until it does die down (ie also will it die down but just later?) and then hope new growth will replace the old?
  3. Should I cut off all last year's leaves (even if they still look healthy around the same time of year that they would normally have been a sodden mess)? 

I can't remember ever having to worry about this before.

 

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 19:05

 That looks quite a compelling match Edd, especially those in the 3rd photo.

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:53

Can't take any more excitement tonight, . I'll look in another time to see if any other ideas have emerged.

Photo test thread only...

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:48
Try hard wrote (see)
How do I insert a photo when I'm using an iPad Help please

1. Take the photo with iPad - note where it is stored (folder name)

2. Return to GW forum to write your post

3. When you have typed up to the desired insertion point of your post tap the little tree icon in the Toolbar at the top of your posting window

4. In the new window that appears, tap Select 

5. Then tap Choose existing

6. Your various photo folders will appear, tap on the one your photo is in to open it.

7. Choose your photo by tapping on it - the words image jpg will appear In the new window that opened.

8. Tap on upload - the photo will appear in you posting window (sometimes a bit distorted at first)

9. Finish typing your post as normal and tap Submit reply.

PS If the photo ends up upside down or on its side, you may have to crop it to reduce its size (in computer memory terms). 

Good luck! 

 

 

 

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