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Freesia - how to get them to be more than an annual

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 13:40

I have tried Freesia bulbs a few times, getting their lovely scent in summer, but they never regrow. If I dig them up now they are still in one piece, some with new growth, but I get no shoots and never any new flowers. Is there a knack with Freesia?

They are in pots, free draining and rich, pretty much frost free conditions and warmest part of garden, so I would have thought ideal conditions.  Different suppliers of Freesia, so not same bulbs.

Bargain Buy of 2015

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 11:05

I bought 2 large palm trees (Brahea armata) for £10. They were £75 each. I kept my eye on them and I think most people think that they are less hardy than they are. I have underplanted with black grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') and mixed pebbles. I think it looks good and a bargain.

Improve my soil

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 20:37

Am also suspicious that you say nothing grows. Plants need light, nutrients and water, so does the area have all of these? A raised bed might be the answer if you tell us more.

Willow trees

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 14:58

Willow roots go down deep and naturally droop, weep or bend. In fact the bend prevents them from wind damage. As per the above having them removed will probably cause more damage, so stop worrying and move on.

'mind your own business'

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 09:27

Crisis averted. I will not plant this stuff. I really do not want problem areas. Apart from Mint on one corner I have really got rid of all problem weeds in my garden last year after a long effort and much mulch.

'mind your own business'

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 15:16

I was planning on buying seed of this to act as a weed suppressor and cover for pots. I take it that is not a good idea?

Recommendations for coping with large numbers of aphids

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 11:43

I would remove the overhanging branches as long as you only remove the bits on your land. That will remove part of the problem.

A strong hose will remove green and white fly and they do not reattach when they get washed off the stems/leaves.

I use Provado for my Lupins as the greenfly can literally coat the stems and my wife hates them as it is.

How do I go about draining this?

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 10:03

There are website that tell you what soil you have, so no need to do a test pit as someone has already done that in your area...I would just decompact it by forking over and adding bark and compost.

How do I go about draining this?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 17:44

I would fork over the whole area or if I had money rotavate it deeply. My guess would also be that it is just compacted.


Posted: 29/01/2015 at 15:14

I built raised beds with old pallets then faced them with decking on all sides and at the top. Cost less than £30. Top soil can be bought by the ton quite cheaply - try the local authority or builders yard.

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