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Planting Tulips now or later

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 17:56

Indeed daffs now and tulips very much later - the reason is that early planted bulbs get tulip virus which kills the plant and spoils the flowers.  Now they are in thery are best left alon,e but keep any others you have until well into November/December, I have even planted them in January and got spring flowers.  Daffs need the longer time to develop good roots. 

Growing hyacinths in water

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 17:54

Any jam jar with a suitable size to support the bulbs, as long as they are clear and clean.  Plastic bottles are possible but the top where cut can be very sharp for the bulb - children are remarkably sensible about glass jars if taught well enough. 

Oriental Limelight

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 11:14

Yes, it is sold as a basket plant, please don't plant it in your garden, or let it escape from any basket or container in which you might use it - it is one of the most pernicious weeds I know, virtually indestructable - still digging it out after a small peice dropped from a basket unseen, 8 years ago!!

 

name of flowering plant

Posted: 17/09/2012 at 10:40

Hmm, feel that identification difficult from picture which appears to be all white! No idea what is going on with the site re pictures, but hope it will get sorted for you soon.

Meanwhile. maybe you could describe the plant - it may be possible to guess from that?  Yes, a picture is best, but as it is ....................

Himalayan Tree - Assistance in naming

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 12:13

Leycesteria indeed, pheasant beryr it is called, as it is used as ground cover for young pheasants when a shoot is being prepared with lots of young birds - they then have a place in which to hide.  The plant is very strong and can become invasive - it does fine in a very big pot.  I have found a golden leafed version, not seen flowers yet so don't know if they are the same lovely red hanging ones or paler, or even white - we shall see. 

Talkback: Growing blueberries and cranberries

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 12:07

I have grown blueberries sucessfully in non ericaceous soil for many yers, in our fruit cage.  When we bought them we dug out a large hle, filled it with eriaceous compost and some local soil, and every year I mulch with ericaceous compost, plus watering with a suitable fertiliser now and again.  This is not exactly growing without ericaceous soil, but the point is that if you want to grow them in the ground, and yours is unsuitable, it can still be done well.   All 3 of our shrubs fruit well, bar this year when only one is doing so but this is such a peculiar year for so many things that I am not particularly bothered by that.  The one that is fruiting has huge blue berries that are delicious.  Whatever way you gow them, do go for it, they really are one of the best soft fruits, and seem impervious to cold. 

clematis montana

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 12:03

They often do, especially if we have had - as this year - a grey spring and summer, then some light and sunshine now - all the plant is interested in is getting flowers and seeds out there to continue its species - and it feels there might just be time enough. Sit back and enjoy. 

bird feeders

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 17:08

Sadly I have never found that feeding the squirrels separately helps at all - they just eat their food and then start on everyone elses!!   However I am hopeful that we will have fewer of them this winter, as my neighbour has removed three huge fir type trees from our mutual boundary, where I knew they had their drey - maybe they will go elsewhere?  As for the pigeons, well, I just hate pigeons and can find no exuse for them at all.  I will look closely at theose feeders and see what I can do to keep the furry rats off them - thank you all. 

bird feeders

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 13:08

Hi FloBear, when I have made the mixture I spoon it  warm into the bottles, with the narrow bit cut off, then when I want one, take it from the fridge and slice down the side - and into the feeder it goes.  You will have to experiment with different soft drink or water bottles to find which will fit your feeder,  you might even have to change the families taste in drinks!!!  

cats

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 12:48

No matter how many birds your cats appear to catch, feeding them saves far, far more - the RSPB has a good study about this, I don't know if it still on their web site. We always had cats and bird feeders, they soon get used to each other, after a bit the cat didn't worry the birds and the birds kept an eye or two on the cats and both were OK with it.  It is visiting cats that use the garden as a loo about which 4711 was asking ( interesting name - very secretive!).  The plastic carpet spikes about which I wrote do no-ones paws any harm, the cats just cannot dig there, and that keeps them from bothering, ditto the holly and berberis cuttings. 

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