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What to plant with tulips?

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 21:31

At this time of year you are quite limited but pansies are easily available now and will last until the bulbs appear.  You could also plant earler flowering bulbs above the tulips such as iris reticuli, snowdrops etc.  In general, tulips are plated deepest and the smaller bulbs above them - each type at a depth of about twice the bulb's size.  Layering bulbs is a pretty standard way to do this.

Sweet potatoes

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 20:13

I grew them in Leics the summer before last (in a polytunnel) and while the top growth was impressive, I can't honestly say that I harvested a significant amount of tubers so  don't think I'll bother with them again.  Someone else on the forum also grew them and had better results but I don't know where they lived.

Edit: just found the thread:



Posted: 01/10/2015 at 18:55

I find Kestrel are very pest resistant - they're a 2nd early.

Who can name this clematis?

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 18:52

Other possibilites are "Mrs N Thomson" and "Anna Louise".  The main difference is in the anthers in the centre but I can't see those well enough in the photo.

Blood moon....

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 23:09

Thanks for all the kind comments folks!

Fingers crossed for clear skies during my next project - capturing the Leonid meteor shower on video (night of November 17 until dawn November 18.)

Blood moon....

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 09:32

Thankee Dove, yes now caught-up with the ol' shut-eye !

Blood moon....

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 00:38

Hi all, here's the animation of the lunar eclipse, as promised:

I'm really tired now - as well as actually staying up to take the photos, the video took a lot of processing!

Blood moon....

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 22:53

BLT, the 'supermoon' is what you are seeing now.  All it means is that the moon is at it's closest to the Earth, so it looks a bit bigger than usual (about 7 percent bigger.)  'Blood Moon' refers to the appearence duriing the eclipse as the only light cast on the Moon will be that bent by our atmosphere.  If the parts of the atmosphere doing that are dusty or otherwise polluted, the blue part of the light from the Sun will be scattered and the Moon will turn red.

If you haven't guessed I am an astronomer but hope what I say in my posts makes some sense!

Blood moon....

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 22:43

The penumbra (partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by the Earth) does appear at that time, conifer.  The umbra (main shadow) strikes the edge of the Moon at about 2.13 creeps over the surface until it covers the Moon completely at about 3.15.  The moon will remain completely in the umbra until about 4.23.  The full shadow will creep (from top left to bottom right) across the surface until about 5.21 when the Moon will again be in the penumbra.  At about 6.22 it will be completely out of the penumbra shadow.  We won't see that though as the Moon sets at about 6am.

help please

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 21:29


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