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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 18:25

Everywhere saturated after last night's storm but ventured out into the rain and found a tray of aquilegia seedlings I'd sown last year and had forgotten about.  All now potted-on as they were still a bit too small to plant out.  Of the aquilegia I potted into 9cm pots last autumn, only half of those survived the winter but the neglected ones in the seed tray were fine..

Blue skies and lovely now, just as the sun is going down of course!

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 20:36

More seeds sown (have to wait in the midlands as winters are colder than nearer the coast) but did some preparing of the veg plot and had a little helper following me around all day:


Tiger Bean

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 18:18

More on this dwarf french bean:

Seeds are up!

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 15:07

Started tomatoes, sweet peppers and chillies last weekend on my heated bench and most toms were up after 3-4 days as expected.  I was a bit surprised to find about half of the peppers and chillies had also germinated when I inspected yesterday!  

Limiting myself to just ten varieties of toms (twenty last year) though so I have room to grow some aubergines (which are also now appearing.)

Love germination time!


Posted: 27/03/2016 at 14:00

I find they are all relatively short lived and usually get 3-5 years out of plant before they go toes-up.  'Blazing Sunset' is also my favourite and some of those are still going after about 8 years.

Glazing beads/bars

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 15:55

Peter, if it's horticultural glass and has been there a while, you need to be extremely careful when removing panes as they break into large dangerously sharp pieces very easily - always remove from the outside if possible and never stand below a pane as it is removed.  Toughened glass is nowhere near so lethal though.

Can narcissi cross breed?

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 14:24

I think I'd have the large ones out anyway for exactly the same reason as nut - would spoil the effect for me too!   I have some huge daffodils which have come up in the middle of a newly planted patch of lovely dwarf ones and they look awful.  I'm having them out as soon as the rain stops.  Doing it while they are in flower is the only way to be sure of which are which!

Can narcissi cross breed?

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 14:16

The vast majority of narcissi self-propagate by developing new bulbs underground and these are clones so are always true to type.  Crossing can occur, but will only affect plants grown from the seeds.  Narcissi seeds rarely develop and even if they do and go on to germinate, they will take several years to produce flowering bulbs.

Basically don't worry but if you want to be 100% sure just make sure you dead-head all of the flowers when they go over.

Strawberry Plants

Posted: 26/03/2016 at 14:05

The sooner the better.  Concentrate on the younger plants which have hopefully grown from runners and have no or only a small amount of woody stem.  Those with long woody stems are old plants and are past their best.

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