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No flowers on gladioli

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 15:14

My experience is to leave them planted deeply in well draining soil and that way they flower every year or so. I actually lost more of the lifted Gladioli than the ones that I left in the ground. They do like water in the summer and a sunny site - sunnier the better.

planted tulips now, is this OK?

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 21:40
flowering rose wrote (see)

best to plant while the soil is warm.

That only applies to plants NOT bulbs - unless you want lots of blind bulbs?

Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 11:17

These companies make profit on those 'free P&P' offers and the plants are normally small whips/bare root etc that you can get for a quid in a GC.

planted tulips now, is this OK?

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:56

The problem with planting too early is the bulbs tend to grow now as the soil is still warm. The stalks are out all winter and that normally makes them come up blind - I am talking from experience. You really should lift them and leave them for another 6 weeks when it is cooler or you will have wasted the point of having flowering bulbs.

Neighbour's Garden is Damaging our Wall

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 16:56

Everyone seems to be jumping against the neighbour.


If the extension was built right up to the boundary by the last owners (which is not normally allowed due to issues like this) then it is entirely possible that next doors garden is the level your garden used to be. How would you like to be told to lower part of your garden as next door has built an extension?

 Legally they should have been served notice that the extension was being built up to the boundary party wall and would have had the right to veto: if permission was ever tread carefully.

If we are talking about extension built using part of an old garden wall instead of building a new wall, then there is no wonder that there are water ingress problems as it will not have been designed to be an internal wall.

Mystery plant

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 15:34

@gingagibbs - you can move plants within the EU. I have brought plants back from many travels within the EU - you can also bring seeds and cuttings back from outside the EU.

@ Anthony Jenkins - a heated greenhouse/conservatory is fine for the Jacaranda and Echium (it does kind of look like one before the flower forms though I am not sold that it is Echium). Echium wildpretii might be grown outside as long as it does not get below -5C in you locale and in well drained, sheltered spot - they get big, certainly some Echium like Pininata can grow and flower in the UK (10ft by 4ft!).

Jacaranda, unless you have a huge greenhouse then it will not get to flowering stage in mainland GB as you will need to prune it to overwinter it inside

The Banana - only a few Ensete can withstand an unheated greenhouse, even with protection and even they lose their leaves. Hopefully you got an Ensete - post a picture and we can ID. Most other Musa needs indoors over winter.


Collecting Nasturtium seeds

Posted: 16/09/2013 at 10:10

They can self seed but given this years long spring, I got none that did and none survived. So if you want some free ones next year you need to collect the seeds.

What does everyone think

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 21:24

Are you looking for praise or honest opinion? (apart from the fact that there is flowing water there is nothing that I personally would have in my garden)

Collecting Nasturtium seeds

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 21:21

Fallen ones and ones that come off in your hand should germinate. You just let them dry in a paper bag til spring. You can normally tell when the seeds are ripe just by the size of the seed pod.

Silver birch groups

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 13:34

Depends on what the look you are going for. if you want a cluster of white bark Birch then 1 metre apart and they will grow into each other. Otherwise I would say 3-4 meters apart.

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