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What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 19:53

We are particularly fond of the blue ones as well - interesting that no-one seems to find the pink the best - they were  all that were left in the shops this week!   I expect someone will now say they love the pinks the best - well, someone should. 

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 17:15

I find that it sometimes takes a year or so for them to recover from being forced, but I now have hyacinths in all sorts of places where I have tucked them in after indoor flowering.  Seems awful to throw them out and quite unnecessary too.   It is true that they do flower slightly smaller, but the perfume is just as good, and once they get massed together as they years go on, they look great anyway, smaller or not. 

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 17:10

I pull out just about every forgetmenot I can see at the end of the flowering season, which leaves me enough to be gorgeous but not totally overrun!!  

The darker reddish hellebores have started to push up buds, more than I expected i am happy to say, while the white ones have been open for a while - the pale one with the spotted inside is fully open, lots of flowers and beautiful.

Amazing how much flowering there is going on out there, tho' from indoors it doesn't look as if anything is happening at all except snowdrops and polyanthus - but it isn't so.  Little irises, the reticula group, and the first hepatica nobilis shining out at me from a patch of greenery where it must have self seeded - more power to it and long may it spread. 


Spring is getting closer.

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 17:12

Although this has been, and still is, a horrid, wet and windy day, the hedge is alive with small birds  chasing each other about - mostly blue tits and sparrow, plus a pair of robins, so in spite of it all, they think Spring may be on its way!  

Snowdrops are gorgeous, daffs. got their buds, loads of bulbs poking up - especially the ones I can't remember planting there.  Some aconite's, a plant I have tried for many years to get established, and this year it looks as if they might really give it a go - hooray. 

Some years ago a crocus bulb fell from my hand and rolled under the step at the at the front of our house, no soil there, just a tiled step - it has flowered every year since, and this year has 4 flower stems showing deeply purple there.  No idea where it gets its nourishment, but it is slowly spreading - great.

Spring is getting closer.

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 16:24

Snow, rain, sleet, wind - and that was just this morning - now the sun is shining but it is so wet I dare not go out there - still, pretty to look at until it gets dark.  Bulbs are popping up all over the place, love those long straight green leaves even if I can't remember what I put where - and anyway, all the plans went awry when we dug up a bed with its bulbs and they had to go somewhere - anywhere there was a space between two bulbs already there that could take the one I had in my hand!! Disorganised chaos it will be, and lovely for all that.  Of course, this assumes that they don't all rot with the wet.

Breaks my heart to think of all those poor people who are flooded and don't look like getting anything better anytime soon. 


Posted: 11/02/2014 at 16:19

Maybe you have not told it to remember you?  Thee is a tick box somewhere that says you want to be remembered on this site - might help.

Spring Bulbs?!!

Posted: 11/02/2014 at 16:17

…. we built some new raised beds, removing various bulbs as we went, most got planted but heaven alone knows where, meantime another box of bulbs got overlooked - it'll be fun this year seeing what comes up and where - or even if, should the wet continue!


Posted: 08/02/2014 at 15:49

Hostafan, I have found the best thing to use for lily beetle catching  - as indeed they disappear well when they tumble upside down, as their defence mechanism says they must - is to carry an old tea strainer in your pocket at lily beetle time.  You can thus gently knock them off the plant, into the strainer and take to the hard standing upon which you wish to execute your dance of joy at having got rid of another of the infernal pests


Posted: 07/02/2014 at 12:14

I grow some of the tall lilies, some of them do not need staking as the stems are very broad, but others do.  I cannot remember the names of the ones we have, the blackbirds have stone the labels long since!  

I feed ours in the Spring with pelleted organic chicken manure (as given to everything in the garden), and then again with a high potash feed once the flowers are done.  Nearly all my lilies are grown in pots.

Don't forget to watch out for the red devil, otherwise known as lily beetle, they are not fussy as to whether the lilies are 20 cms or 2 meters tall, they'll have the lot given half a chance. 

What is going on with my lemon tree?

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 12:10

Does it get fed with citrus feed?  Does it get more light than we can see here?  So much depends where you live.  It is possible to grow lemons in this country, but it is hard work, and they do need alot of attention and care.  It is always a god idea to think where plants originate when trying to grow them, and see how closely you can replicate those conditions.  Sadly with the best will in the world, hot sunshine for several months in the summer is not usually given to us here!

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