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Growing hyacinths in water

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 15:51

Hi all, I'd like my gardening club (primary school children) to grow hyacinths to take home at Christmas. I ideally would like to grow them in water so the children can see the roots. My problem is what kind of clear (everyday) container could I use to grow them in - I would need about a dozen  -  hyacinth vases that I have looked at seem rather expensive. Any ideas?


Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:50

Yes, it will flower in late spring.Glad you perservered with the photo!

Hardy Annuals

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:48

Hardy annuals don't do much over the winter - they get their roots down and put on some growth now and so have a head start on the same seeds being planted in the spring - so hopefully bigger plants which flower earlier...


Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:24

Looks like young Forget-me-not foliage.


Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:22

Oh! photo just popped up!! Not my suggestions. Ok let me think....


Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:20

This was posted by Sotongeoff on another thread:

There seems to be a problem with uploading pictures using the direct link option-this has been reported as a bug and hopefully will be fixed soon.

I have found you can still upload pictures by using the external site option from a photo sharing site like flickr or photobucket by clicking on "external site" and posting the link

It is an alternative until the bug is fixed



Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:11

No photo - two furry plants I know Mullein or Verbascum, sometimes viewed as a weed but I like it and pull up those that have self seeded in the wrong places and keep the rest. Lambs' ears or Stachys byzantina is the other, more grey than green though green when young, not a weed. I think it is more likely to be mullein as it self seeds easily. Google it and take a look.

Position and pruning of Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 08:54

Hi Chaconia, I wonder too....let's see what the winter and spring bring!

cortaderia selloana splendid star

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 23:25

Hi, I copied the info below from the Gardener's World web site.Although I haven't grown this variety before it sounds manageable.They say it often does not reach the height  of 120 cm and it is this height with the flowers. I would place it at the back of the border as even if it does not get to its full height you will be able to grow a lot of other smaller plants in front of it. It also does not come into its own until late summer so for a lot of the year its leaves can be a backdrop for other plants.Hope this helps.


From Gardener's World web site: Traditional pampas grass is a familiar sight in the grounds of many stately homes, but it's often too big and bulky for many smaller gardens. Fortunately, this recently introduced dwarf variety has revived interest in this plant and it's being used more frequently by gardeners look for something a bit different. The plant retains its leaves throughout the year and has delicate, golden-green leaves that give a garden a modern, prairie-style look. It produces tall, feather-like white flowers in late summer that will double the height of the plant, although it rarely reaches higher than 1.2m (4ft). It does best in a sunny or partially shaded spot, and prefers light, sandy or well-drained soil.

Family: Gramineae

Genus: Cortaderia

Species: selloana

Cultivar: Splendid Star

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 120cm

Position and pruning of Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 23:09

Hi, my tree is is about 12 yrs old too.In pruning, I have only removed lower branches in late winter and they have healed well. My tree does not regularly flower and produce fruit. Two years ago it produced 1 bunch of flowers and no fruit. Last year it produced both and was covered in both flowers and fruit all over - the first time this has happened.This year it produced neither! I can see no rhyme or reason  for the production or otherwise of flowers/fruit and usually look at other white beams locally to see how they are performing.

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