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Lily 'bulblets'

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 19:03

Agree with Dave.  It'll take 3-5 years before they are of flowering size, but at that price it's worth the wait.

If anyone wants to propagate lilies, break a few of the outer scales off of large bulbs and place them in a plastic bag with some damp compost.  Put them somewhere warm and dark for a few weeks and little bulbils will form.  Pot those up, apply tlc and away you go.   A few scales usually fall off anyway when re-potting them.

Who ate the lupins???

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 18:57

Mice, possibly.  They nipped-off the tops of half of my newly germinated tomatoes a couple of weeks ago and put them in a pile like that.  Now they are ex-mice.

Stopping ants climbing cherry tree

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 00:17

They often 'farm' aphids by carrying nymphs from other plants, up the trunk of the tree and to the youngest leaves.  It's quite a sight to see them at it.  Unfortunately it often results in quite a bit of damage to the young leaves.

dahlia tubers in ground through winter question.

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 23:02

Last 'spring' I dug up a couple of dahlia tubers that I found were in the way when planting new shrubs and placed them, half buried, in trays of MPC in the cold GH.  They produced shoots much earlier than those I had lifted in the Autumn and kept in dry sandy peat, as well as before those left in the ground.  They flowered a good month before any other dahlias in my garden.  I intend to do the same to any I find are  'in the way' this year.

Value branded compost V branded names

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:54

It should all be fine Tomsk, as it has been kept dry.  It's only if it's left outside in the rain for a long time that you get issues as the nutrients can get washed out.  If any of the peat has dried out completely though, then you might have trouble wetting it.

Stopping ants climbing cherry tree

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:46

You could try making your own Vaseline substitute out of beeswax and olive oil:

http://www.littlehouseliving.com/homemade-vaseline.html

I can't vouch for it's efficacy regarding whether ants would have similar trouble clambering over it, so you'd have to try it and see.

Apple tree

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 19:11

Hi Phasmid, Even though it's slightly late, I agree with Dove and Lw and would cut all of those branches back by a third.  This will stimulate them to grow side branches and fruiting spurs.  It's really important to prune young apple trees properly to develop a good shape.  5 main branches is ideal.  Prune back to an outward-facing bud.

Grape vine

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 18:54

You're right Dan, don't prune them now as the sap is rising and they could bleed to death.  Only prune them in early to mid winter, or when they are in full growth (to keep them in check.)  I would tie back any untidy stems for this year and prune it properly next December.  Be careful not to break any of the stems while tying back or they could bleed if you snap them.

Camera Corner

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 19:18

My Japanese plum "Lizzie", absolutely smothered in flower buds:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39208.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Hope there are no late hard frosts!

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 18:51

 

 

 

A couple of commas (no pic) a few small tortoiseshells and several peacocks plus a few bumblebees today:

Small Tortoiseshell:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39205.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Peacock on snowdrops:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39206.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

Spring!!!

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