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Tulipa 'Spring Green'

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 10:38

I'm afraid that the purveyor of your bulbs is not always the most truthful in their description of the plants they sell.  For this reason, among several others, that particular catalogue gets binned upon arrival - there are far better and exciting bulb sellers out there.  I don't think I am allowed to say their names, but a quick search at the back of any good grdening magazine will give you a list of those you might like to try. 

Digging up Spotted Laurel

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:26

There was a hedge of spotted laurel at the front of our garden when we arrived some 15 years ago.  We chopped it down as far as possible, but because of the wall, road and tarmacadamed drive were not able to remove all the roots.  Each year new leaves woud sprout and each year we chopped them off, eventually it got fed up and stopped growing, but I must tell you it did take time - about 10 years.  Anyway, we planted a mixed hedge in the improved soil, and (unless I go out there and find differently) the laurel has now gone!!

Plant books

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:21

There are literally hundreds of good and even excellent books out there - may I suggest you try your public library to start with, then you can see what sort of thing you do and don't want? Then yu can begin to buy as you feel happy with them.

plant support for crocosmia lucifer

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:20

If you have shrubs and trees that need pruning, keep the prunings and poke in the ground around the crocosmias to support them.  As they grow they will hide the twigs, works fine here. If necessary you can thread soft string around the twigs, so everything looks natural.  Do be careful though if yu use things like hawthorne, and poke it in upside down, or you could end up with a forest of hawthorne, or any other easily rooting twigs!!   As you pull the dead leaves out in the autumn the twigs will come too, and you can chop and compost the whole lot. 

Work Trousers

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:14

Try a fishing shop, I recall a friend wearing high waisted trousers for that (no, I don't mean waders, although come to think of it ........), failing that a climbing fell walking shop - lots of good sites on the interweb.

Favourite tools

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:11

An onion hoe, wonderful for getting between plants too tightly planted as most of mine are, my trusty Felco secatuers (sp?), an old vegetable knife for opening sacks of compost etc, and for getting between cracks in the paths, my camera for recording the best - or the worst - of what happened as it did happen.   Soft trug buckets in various sizes for moving anything from water to weeds, in quantities that I can carry alone. 

who knows a new kind technology can be used in plants speed up plants grow fast

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:08

The joy of gardening is surely in watching the seasons go past each with its own delights - be it flowers, fruits or veggies.   You can encourage plants to grow exceptionally well by giving them ideal situations, light, warmth and food, but not to get them to outrun their assigned time and space - thank goodness nature just gets on with it all in spite of what we can do.

Of course, people who grow things for big shows like Chelsea do hold back thier plants with cold rooms, or bring them on to flower out of season with bright daylight bulbs, extra heat and so on, but for most of us that is beyond our purses or our desires.   Enjoy watching things your garden develop, sigh when it goes wrong and remember that next year will alwys be the perfect year for absolutely everything you want to gow. 

Help identifying plants.

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:00

Do continue to buy plants that are not labelled, you can get some wonderful bargains and a few surprises, usually pleasant - and alot of fun finding out what they are!!  My local hardware store that sells plants often has dead or dying plants for a few pence, the staff know me well enough to tell me when that area has been replenished - many have died but I have had a few treasures for next to nothing, some without labels.  A now large corkscrew hazel for 50p., large pot of deep orange crocosmia (not as dark as Lucifer) for 20p.,  plus several others.  However, maybe beware of anything that looks as if it might become a tree unless you have a large area to plant .............

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 15:54

Sunshine and jolly cold showers reign supreme as they have for last few weeks really - since the hose pipe bans went on in some areas (not here though).  Still very chilly at night, 2 - 3 d.C., still got overwintering plants in the greenhouse as it seems a shame to lose them having nurtured them since October - but need elastic sides to greenhouse now as seedlings and seed trays battling for position - tis ever so at this time. 

Can anyone help me identify whether this is a weed or a baby seedling?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 15:48

Yes, cherry brandy liquor is still made!! Have never panted a rudbeckia with that name, and I must say the leaves on mine are somewhat harier than these in the photo - but it does look as if it ought to be something wanted rather than weedlike - on what basis I could not actually say!!  

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