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Whoops

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:06

That's one reason why it's recommended to plant them deep, Stacey.  That way there will (hopefully) be buds below the surface which can send up new stems.  Planting deeper than as supplied encourages them to produce a 'root crown', from which they can send up new shoots whenever they need or want to.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 18:35

Loving all of these photos!

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 23:42

Self-seeded wild ones:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39450.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 Mixed crocuses:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/39449.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

I-D please.

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 23:26

The large leaves look much more like lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) than tulips to me.  That would also explain them coming up all over the garden as they can sometimes be invasive (although not for me - I have trouble keeping them alive

Lichen on Gooseberry bushes.

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 19:13

Hi Shoz2, lichen is harmless, but it does take a few years to grow.  From that I think you might not have been pruning them?  Have a look at the RHS gooseberry pruning advice here:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=332#section2

and a video:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Video/Gooseberry-pruning

 

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.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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A week of rain = jungle garden!

It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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Last Post: 16/04/2014 at 19:05

First day of (meteorological) Spring

How id your garden looking 
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DIY heated propagator

Making one from scratch 
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Cost of bird food

bulk vs supermarket 
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Wild Garden (Community Channel)

On Freeview/Sky 
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