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White bubbles on my lavender

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 11:41

I noticed also loads of CS on my lavender yesterday and am glad to hear it does no harm - which answers the question I was going to ask. Nice to know GW members' knowledge is now operating telepathically!

Photographing the tulips

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 10:09

BB2, sorry I forgot to say how beautiful your garden is. not just the structure and colours of your planting but also the overall landscaping: the low stone wall is a particularly effective and attractive feature. Nice to sit on the edge on a summer's evening I should imagine.

Cotty: great collection of tulips! Looks like Giuseppe Verdi in the foreground(?)

I think I recognise Queen of the Night towards the back, but what are the lighter mauve/lilac ones next to them, please?

BizzieB: the yellow tupils are Monte Carlo and, yes, the dark ones are Queen of the Night. Thankyou, by the way, for the 10" depth advice: I will follow that next time. 

Photographing the tulips

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 23:23

Busy Bee2 said about tulips:

"and it will become clear that there is no colour co-ordination going on, they just pop up like lollipops, and I buy what I fancy. "

Thats more or less what happened here BB2 - bought about 7 varieties on offer and put them in (6" deep at least) grouped in colour batches in November. Had no idea how their colours would harmonise. Pleased to say the effect was a totally exhilarating surprise:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/43321.jpg?width=350

 

I too found last year I was struggling to know what what was growing from previous years so I went round the whole garden methodically photographing everything in bloom. I've found my iPad automatically records the date of each weekly batch of photos, which is useful to help predict what might come up,again next year, and when.

 

 

 

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.

 

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