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How to winter store Peruvian Daffodils

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 13:25

All of that looks OK for these bulbs, also known as Spider lillies.  As for storage, I would choose the wood shavings and box method.  One or two may go rotten over the winter so the main thing is to keep them apart during storage so that any rot doesn't spread to other bulbs.

Keep frost-free but cool, so in a cardboard box in the shed should be fine.

Last edited: 29 September 2016 13:26:22

Ivy and brambles takeover!

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 12:09

Dig the roots out where you can and use SBK brushwood killer on the stumps you can't get out and on any regrowth.  That is best painted on, mixed as per instructions on the pack (50/50 with water for painting on.)

Ivy will take weeks or months to go brown after cutting it off at the base as it will still be taking water in via the fibrous roots that it uses to cling to your fences.  It's rampant here and all I can do is just about keep on top of it as the roots are mainly outside my property.  The good side is that it is fantastic for wildlife which is positively thriving in my garden.

What on earth are these in my lawn?

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 22:44

It's a fungus called Clavaria fragilis, commonly known as White spindles:

Not harmful to your lawn and I think it is quite beautiful!


Posted: 28/09/2016 at 20:24

I would bring them inside before temperatures start dropping much below 10C, Aym.  The ideal temperature for growing them indoors is about 15 to 18C, so better in an unheated part of the house and definitely not above a radiator as that will make them go into dormancy much earlier than otherwise.  I grow mine on windowsills and they are just starting to flower now and will go on until about April.  Six months of flowering isn't bad, is it! 

Laurel bushes

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 15:00

Not much available to us amateurs these days Colin but you could try Rose Clear.  However, keeping an eye on it and regularly snipping off any affected shoots while ensuring it is fed and watered well is far more nature friendly will keep nearly all problems at bay.  Laurel is tough stuff.

Using scarified lawn thatch as mulch over Dahlia beds

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 14:55

The only problem is the thatch will probably contain grass seeds.  I would compost it before using which will kill a large proportion of seeds.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 14:52

Lots of ivy removed from wall of house and fences, now shredded (the ivy that is, although the fences are definitely on their last legs!)  Fence repairs underway before the next "Don't worry, a hurricane is not coming our way" is uttered by some random weatherperson!

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 14:49

Sunny earlier but overcast now.  22C though!

Chilli plant overwintering

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 14:47

Bring them indoors Dan.  They will not survive in an unheated greenhouse.  Absolute minimum temperature they'll keep growing at is about 12C.  If it goes a few degrees below that for any significant length of time they will perish.  An indoor windowsill is ideal, the sunnier the better.

Pear rust - huge tree affected

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 13:35

The spores are produced when the knobbly pustules are produced underneath the orange spots.  One reason for removing leaves which show rust spots is to prevent the spore producing organs from forming, lessening the amount of spores produced to go on and infect junipers.  For that reason I would still recommend removing affected leaves as soon as you see them.  However, if that means removing most of the leaves from the tree I agree it may do more harm than good.  I have had some success in cutting the affected part of each leaf away with scissors on young trees so as much leaf area as possible is preserved.  Of course, if the spot is near the base of the leaf then the whole leaf is removed.

In the case of large trees, all you can really do is sweep up and burn fallen leaves.

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