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Talkback: Tulips

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 11:16
I am so glad I am not the only on with weird tulip results. Some of my pots did nothing at all, some half the tulips grew - literally half, one side or the other, a couple grew well, some leaves only. All were new bulbs bought from a reputable grower - so what is it with tulips this year? At present some of mine are tall and lovely with fat buds which are going to rot away soon without opening if the rain continues. This is one of the reasons I stopped growing parrot and other frilly tulips, they invariably rotted before opening.

In previous years I have had lots of glorious tulips in pots, lovely colours, doing well - is this because of a change in compost? I do wonder when I look at what comes out of bags this year, maybe last years bulb stuff was not good? The mix to get a few but have always left enough for a good show, but not this year - or come to that, last year either.

Talkback: Controlling weeds

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 11:11
I now what to do about daisies in your lawn - enjoy them, they are natural and gorgeous.

Talkback: Controlling weeds

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 11:09

Weeds will come first, as they are the natural plants to the area and the country (unless it is an un-natural import such as balsam and japanese knotweed) so have the resources to grow well here.  A weed is ony a plant you feel is in the wrong place, your sweet peas will grow and catch up, outgrowing low growing weeds, but I'm afraid you will still need to keep on top of them if your imported flowers -i.e. sweet peas, are to grow well.

We all love our imported flowers, me included, but do tend to forget where they originated and developed, then wonder why they sometimes don't do well when we offer them opposite places in which we expect them to grow.   Export pansies to Africa, and they won't grow there either, without a vast amount of care (I know, I tried!).

Lost lilac - What should I replace it with?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 10:59

Mind, it is also quite likely that the lilac will have left a bit of itself behind and may grow again, so you might like to watch out for that.

Take you time about replanting if you can, renew the soil in the area, and look around at your neighbours planting, what do you love or not, look at public planting - often awful, but sometimes has interesting ideas.  

Talkback: Field horsetail

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 22:20

Mares tail is one of the hardiest and most long lived plants there is.  We live in a mining area, the roots are often seen several meters down in the pits, those liquorice look stems are quite distinctive.  It was grazed upon by dinosaurs, we're not going to beat it!  You can keep it slightly under control by regularly chopping its head off, even that doesn't kill it but usually keeps it small enough so you can almost ignore it.

Sadly we had to give up an allotment because of it, there was just a solid mass of root over the whole area, and nothing was possible to do with it.

If it is in a small area, chopping will just about keep it in check - you will I'm sorry to say just have to learn to live with it and accept this is a battle you are not going to win completely. 


Posted: 27/04/2012 at 10:45

No such thing as overkill on labels, what you don't lose, the weather make brittle, the blackbirds move, will become incomprehensible over time - and yu will plant new and different things. Stock up while you can.

Salad leaves

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 17:30

It seem to me that certain beuroucrats ( hmm, know that spelling is not right, bet someone will work it out and tell me, ta in advance)  have not got enough work to do when they want to interfere with something like that, which is working perfectly well, and whih people enjoy.  Come to think of it, that's why they would interfere, heaven forbid anyone would enjoy something ............

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 17:27

I reckon we will fit just fine, most of the good and the just are here, and probably those who were here already are happy gardeners too - it will just take a bit of time to learn how to get around.

Do need to disable as many of the responses as possible though, as filling my in box at an incredible rate!!

lilly of the valleys

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 14:20

They will spread about all of their own accord, probably helped by birds and mice eating the seeds and so spreading them.  I have them coming up in places where I know certainly that I did not plant them.  They can become very invasive if happy.

Globe Artichoke

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 14:18

Either way, yoou should be aware that they are huge - albeit beautiful.  I used to grow them on our allotment but now I am only gardening at home, I cannot find space for them.

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