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frosted lilies

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 17:13

Back in March, when we had a few nice days, quite a few of my potted lilies decided to grow.  They got to between 4 - 7 inches in height, nice bushy leaves on top.   Then came the snow and very, very hard frosts with wind chill.  Most of the tops are now wilted, mushy and not at all well.  does anyone think they will produce a second shoot?  If so, shall I take off the dead shoot?  Or have we had it for this year, or indeed for ever?  Any ideas very welcome please. 


Posted: 03/04/2013 at 11:33

But on't forget it will flower now, so maybe wait until it has done it's thing?  Mine gets huge and now and again I have a huge chop at it, it doesn't seem to care much - it tok 7 years after planting to flower at all, but has not stopped for long since then!

is will you use the extra hour next weekend

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 18:50

on current forecasts, digging the car out of the snow I expect!

Thank you very much !

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 11:16

Wonderful:  indeed there are some very nice and friendly people here - lets all have a good gardening year - after all, this year will be perfect will it not? The as yet untouched year always is .............


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 11:14

Nice bright looking morning out there, but frozen solid - so not much likelihood of doing anything gardenwise.  Lots of plans though, and hopefully at the weekend, some seed trays too. 

Van Meuwen

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 11:13

Different experiences by different people - I personally have had very good service from van Meuwen, and am saddened to see that this is not the case for some.   Suttons, now affilliated with Dobies, has been good in the past - but you indeed cannot beat local nurseries and growers - provided you have them.  Use them or lose them as they used to say about the Post Offices, till they closed them anyway whether we used them or not!!  Growing from seed yourself is great, but is not possible for all of us, so we need to rely on other growers - local anything must be better re road miles, energy use, local employemnt etc. 


Posted: 19/03/2013 at 11:09

Must say I have had some very good, and dreadful, service and plants from various on-line sellers.  Van Meuwen has been, for me, one of the best, as has Suttons - which is now affilliated with Dobies, Parkers are, as we all know dreadful, they lie and send wrong stuff that fails -  I quite like some of the big commercial growers as you get alot of bang for your money as they say.  Near us there is a locally run and managed plant centre that has about the best basket plants I have ever seen anywhere, if you don't want to grow your own.  They also sell big sacks of moss for the baskets and hangars, and if you really don't want to do even that, or you cannot, they will plant everything for you and look after them until you can take them home.  If you design the basket or whatever they will follow your plan, or if you leave it with them, will plant to their plans - always look good.  i usually buy around 3 trays of small plants from them and the baskets do very well - except when there is no sun as last year, and I cannot blame them for that!

Cells or Flats and for what?

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 11:04

Tiny seeds in trays, larger one in small pots - it doesn't really matter, just what you find easiest and most suitable for sthe spaces you have.  I've done peas in guttering but not carrots or beetroots, sounds like a good idea, shall give that a go.


Fine Green beans in the shops

Posted: 19/03/2013 at 11:02

Both butter beans and broad beans are gorgeous - cooked well and carefully - lucky we don't all like the same things isn't it.  Fine beans are, as you now know, dwarf french beans, and are are eminently suitable for container growing - so anyone with the tiniest space can have them - yummy. 


Posted: 18/03/2013 at 16:35

Well Pamalala, do hope you have much sucess wth nematodes, and you will for a while, they are very effective - until all the neighbours slugs realise yours is a slug free zone and move in!! However, they will keep whatever it is that you want kept slug free without slugs for a while.  Did you not find them very hard work, all that diluting, spreading, washing in etc?  You are proably a bright energetic young thing in comparison with me??  Anyway, you will have slug free areas for a while - enjoy. 

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