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Hundreds of missing bulbs

Posted: 01/02/2017 at 17:30

I do agree with Hogweed, I do not find spring bulbs long lasting.  I suspect the hybridising that has occurred over the years has reduced the life span - I too replace daffodils, irises and just about all the little bulls every few years - which means some type every year.  The only ones that come back regularly are the snowdrops, and I think the birds resow those each year.

There are one or two old daffs and tulips that do return, just 2 or 3, but the rest just go.


Posted: 01/02/2017 at 17:26

Still might be a petunia, I had one that lived for 3 years in a trough in which garlic grew - it froze several times but came back smiling.  Eventually something ate it. 

Watching Seedlings Grow 2017

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 19:46

John Innes 2 is meant for more mature plants rather than sowing seeds, so is rather more lumpy - and it will depend upon whomsoever made it.  There is a John Innes 1 and a seed slowing compost which are finer and without feed, as you want for seed sowing.  Avoiding peat, I have found that there are several good composts about but if you want them for seedings you need to dilute with seedling compost  so mix and sieve it yourself.   Many of the supermarket brands are coarse as they are trying to reduce the use of peat too, but seem not to take the time to completely rot down bark etc., which takes time the peat did not.

I love vermiculite and have used it in my compost, tubs, baskets and pots for many, many years, I prefer it from perlite, it is a natural mica and does nothing but open the coarser compost and hold moisture when needed.  A nursery not too far from us sells it in huge sacks which makes it quite inexpensive.  I often sprinkle it over seeds that don't really need cover as it lets the light in, but stops those tiny seeds from being blown away!!   If used with compost in very big pots it keeps the weight down, and does help avoid compaction.

Whatever works for each of us I guess, we'll all have our likes and experiences and can share that and hope someone finds it useful - or not!!

Watching Seedlings Grow 2017

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 18:20

going back to labels, it doesn't matter what you make them of, from whence you buy them, or what you use to write with - the blackbirds will pull them out and scatter them all over the place anyway!!  One year I tried to grow what I thought was canary creeper up a fence and was surprised when they turned out to be dahlias, and I put lettuces where I wanted larkspur - thanks to the blackbirds!  Gotta love them though…….

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 14:22

Adore lilies, and have never stopped growing dahlias - cannot think why fashion comes into it  but such is life

Enjoy your shopping too -  we all will I hope. 

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 24/01/2017 at 11:38

dahlias and lily bulbs - trying to be good, but suspect I shall fail as ever - but I will try - honest!!

Mulch allowed to touch stems?

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 09:40

Don't forget that the plants, nor anything else in your garden, have neither read the books nor seen the television programmes, and they all get on just fine!

Any hope for my completely broken Magnolia Stellata sapling?

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 21:29

Sounds as if you've given it the best chance it can have, if it still dies then you can rest assured you did as much as was possible.  Let's hope.  Taking out the top, heavier branches was a good idea.  Lets wait and see.  

The dreaded moss

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 11:41

I agree re scarifying in Spring - moss allows all sorts of pretty little flowers to come, I have viola, bugle, ranunculus "brazen hussy', oxalis, fritillary, crocus and many others in my grassy area - no way is it a lawn, but it is lovely - and mossy at present, lots of trees, thus shade and roots.  It's OK. 

Any hope for my completely broken Magnolia Stellata sapling?

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 11:37

 I broke a japanese maple in almost the same way - the break that is, not the tyre!  Anyway, I did as you have done, then tied it with plastic duct tape, buried the 'graft' well and hoped.  it has done very well and is now a lovely tree.  If you give it as much help as possible it will try its best, plants really want to live.  In the end, what have you to lose by trying?  All the luck in the world with it - keep telling us how it goes.  

Although the tree is a great pity, let us be thankful that no-one was hurt in the incident.  

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