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Dahlia bulbs and tubers

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:28

You can buy those iris reticulata that are sprouted, if they are selling them cheaply.  Plant them now in a tub or somewhere that gets light, tucked away behind the shed or somewhere and wait till next Spring, when you will have an amazing show and at a reduced cost - what's not to like? 

Arconites

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:21

This is the first year any aconites have come up - not many but by my standards a miracle.

Lily of the valley has managed to transfer to the lower beds in the garden, where I have never planted it - guess it is the birds as with snow drops.   All fine by me. 

Container grown Acer

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:18

LT2, hi - re feeding acers.  I don't give them anything extra special, they get the same dose of organic pelleted chicken manure that the rest of the garden gets in April.  Other than that, certain things get some seaweed mixture if I think they look a bit in need, and I do use specialist clematis feed on those if I remember!    So acers get the pellets and nothing else, they have a thick layer of gravel on the top of the compost which a) keeps some of the weeds out, b) prevents too swift drying out if we get heat (??!!), and IMHO looks nice.    That's it - oh, I do stroke them as I pass and tell them how wonderful they look - up to you if you do that - mine now expect it of course.

Help identify this plant with red buds

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:08

Coor, that's a smashing sized peony - bet that will be gorgeous in due course.  Mine much smaller, but have not been there so very long. 

Water butts, decking, diverters and overflowing

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:07

Water butts may overfill and thus overflow, but I've never heard of them causing rotting to decking - the water will just drain away.  We have several butts around the place, some of them there for many years, and all works fine.  They are not more trouble than they are worth once you get used to them, because your plants will love the contents so much more than tap water.  

I have a jam jar in one of the unused holes in one of mine - from which all the birds like to drink - no matter how many water feeders there are about the garden!  I guess they are there for different types of fittings - I've never thought about it, but off hand cannot think of another purpose for them.

You can stretch some old socks or tights over the holes to let air in and out but keep the insects and/or mozzies out. 

We have a waterer diverter, and two butts linked together so that when one fills the other takes over - they're full now but will be essential later on - I hope. 

Ammerilis

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 15:01

I have had the most amazing amaryllis this year, deepest darkest red, 4 stems, each with 5 or 6 flowers - it is now resting quietly in the greenhouse.  When it has finished flowering, cut back the flower stems, water and let the leaves grow on.  Give a general feed, something seaweed based is what I use, let it die back altogether and then keep it safe till you re-start it at the end of this year for next winter. 

How to stop bamboo growing & spreading? Does it grow through concrete?

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:58

So much depends upon which bamboo he has.  There are lots, and some of them are really very vigorous and can spread through nearly anything.  Maybe if a picture of the bamboo can be uploaded that will help, and a sight of the new shoots - how far from the original planting is it trying to grow? In the end bamboo is a grass, but can be a ferocious one if in the wrong place.

It won't grow through the slabs per se, but will find a way between them if is is a spreader, but there are ways to contain it - more people on here will know more about that than I do - hope he gets some good help here. 

bulbs!

Posted: 17/03/2014 at 14:54

Surprising amount of bulbs and bulb like things can go in now, look in a good garden centre or good web site - the Spring bulbs like daffodils and tulips will indeed have to wait until autumn, but lots of other fun things now - dahlias?  Not bulbs, but tubers, good time to put those in if you like them, and they can last for many years. 

Would someone be kind enough to identify this beautiful smelling shrub

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 20:01

A couple of twigs in a vase perfumes the house gloriously - though not overpoweringly.

Nematodes

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 12:03

They do indeed work well, but for me, I found the whole process more physical work than I could manage well.  Also, as nature abhors a vacuum, the neighbours slugs came in en masse later on.  However, for a smallish patch that you want to be especially good, they certainly work.  Am thinking of drenching my hosta area with them this year - we will see. 

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