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Posted: 02/01/2017 at 13:26

Yep, tulips will be fine planted at this time.  They may flower a bit later.  Other bulbs like narcissi and snowdrops will probably only produce leaves if planted now (although some may flower very late) but normal service will be resumed in the following spring, so still worth planting any bulbs you have as they will only shrivel and die if left unplanted.


Posted: 02/01/2017 at 13:20

Sure, but plant them out as soon as the ground isn't frozen rather than waiting.  They need exposure to cold in order for the clove to 'split' internally and go on to form a 'bulb' of cloves as it matures.  If you haven't grown garlic before, remember that you split each bulb into individual cloves before planting and that they are hungry plants and will benefit from the addition of well-rotted manure into the planting hole, or fish, blood and bone applied as instructed on the packet to the planting area.

Last edited: 02 January 2017 13:22:13


Posted: 02/01/2017 at 13:05

Get them in, Goldfinch.  Plant so the top of the clove (not counting shoot) is an inch below soil level.

Red robin won't grow

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 11:10

Agree, and clearing the grass from around it is important.  Grass is a very competitive plant and uses up lots of nutrients from the soil.

Wild flowers now

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 23:30

Lovely, GD.  I think the top one is pink rather than red campion (silene dioica.)

Seed catalogues

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 21:17

My copies of 'plant porn' arrived a few days ago and will keep me going through the winter!  

I know what you mean about the pictures - 'photoshopped' is the phrase which comes to mind!  However, I eventually found that I if stuck to plants which like my local soil type and climate, they usually didn't look too far off.  It was things like north american prairie plants (eg rudbekia) and similar from south africa (eg gazania) which were always disappointing.

Last edited: 01 January 2017 21:18:30

Raspberries - what to do?

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 21:00

Agree, they sucker and usually not in the direction you would like them too!  The underground runners can go a long way too - I once had them pop-up the other side of a 20ft lawn (mowing probably kept them down in the lawn.)  Whenever I've dug 'wandering' raspberry roots out, they don't seem to go much deeper than about 8-10 inches so I would think a 12" deep barrier would do the job.  Pond liner would probably be ideal but a double thickness layer of a weed control membrane would likely be sufficient.

Last edited: 01 January 2017 21:01:10

Allotment help

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 13:41

Looks like a japanese acer to me, judging by the bark, buds and growth habit.  Can't help with the thing at the base but it does look like it had flowering stems, so would leave in place for now.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 13:34

Chucking it down since the early hours but forecast to clear after it gets dark..

New Year's Day 2017 Flower Count

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 13:30

Weather like Pansyface's here, so just a quick dash out.  Not looking very good though!
a winter jasmine
a few primrose (looking moth-eared)a few polyanthus (also looking a bit slugged)
only a few florets of viburnum (Dawn) open but masses of buds.
sweet box & skimmia (Rubella) also still in bud.

On the brighter side, my indoor cyclamen are looking superb and there are hundreds of bulbs poking their noses out, so plenty to look forward to.

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