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Advice on bulbs, please

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 14:07

Ok - that really helps   Those are Spanish Bluebells (bluebells are related to hyacinths so the confusion is understandable ).  They're paler coloured and different to the native English type, and don't have their lovely scent, but they're quite pretty   However they do spread if they're happy and can be a bit invasive.   

If I were you I'd leave them to flower (they look pretty in a jug on the breakfast table and you've got enough there to pick a bunch or two). 

Then when they've flowered you can dig them up and replant them in an area where you would like them to be.  They're pretty tough and as long as you give them a good bucket or two of water when you replant them they'll survive.

Hope that helps

Advice on bulbs, please

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 13:13

Hi Alex   If you want to take a photo (or three) and post them on here then we may be able to offer more advice/ideas - to upload a pic you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 12:43

Hello again - back from a quick dash into the city via the GC - I needed some more MPC and seed compost and a few packs of seeds - just popped around the back where the  nearly dead section is - I've treated myself to a Ceratostigma willmottianum 'Forest Blue'.  £6.99 instead of £10.99  - it's just coming into leaf and I can't see a thing wrong with it - I've always wanted one - I think it'll be good in the sunny part of the Wilderness - I might have to enlarge it a bit - the sunny bit isn't very big

Panda, I too have a terrace and not a patio - two reasons - patio is Spanish and I'm in the UK - strictly speaking a patio is an inner courtyard surrounded by a building - my terrace stretches the full width of the house and is raised up (a little bit) from the garden (and as you know, I'm a bit of a pedant )  Does that make four reasons?


Ighten - that's looking lovely


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 09:30
Lyn wrote (see)
.... I am spending too much time twiddling green slime from the pond, how therapuetic is that? ....

You and me both Lyn ((hugs))

What a lovely view you have this morning


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 08:27
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

Morning all.

Very misty here today. Forecast is for it to clear quickly then a scorching (for mid April) 18C .

OH has promised me his help to-day, but he's seeing an acupuncturist this morning re tennis elbow. Maybe that'll put him out of action? Has anyone else tried this?

I'll carry on splitting Hostas to-day.

Are you asking whether anyone else has pleaded tennis elbow to get them out of Under Gardener Duties?

Splitting Hostas?  Splitting Hosta's what???


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:41

They can grow quite big up here in Norfolk too - I drive past one that is growing up through the branches of a tree and out of the top - the yucca is taller than the height of the bedroom windows of the house!


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:34

When I was at art school in Norwich my morning walk to the college took me past St Giles on the Hill church - and this  The perfume was wonderful


Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:12

Good morning all - sunshine and blue skies here this morning and already up to 7C (it fell to around 2C overnight). 

Don't think I'm ever going to get the compost out from under my nails - I'd better paint them for Pa's Thanksgiving!

I think a trip to the GC might be in order today - I need some seed compost and stuff!

tree ID please

Posted: 14/04/2015 at 07:04

I'd get rid of the sycamore - it'll soon shade everything else out and stop you growing anything near it and it'll seed everywhere and you'll be living in a forest!

It's not as if you're short of trees, and even if you were, there are hundreds of trees I'd plant before choosing a sycamore

I'd see how the fruit tree (probably an apple) does this year before deciding what to do with it - it may need a bit of pruning but I can't really see the shape from the photo.

As for the mistletoe apple - it sounds as if it's happy the way it is

Advice on suitability of a flower

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 20:24

If you decide to plant it in your garden, you can improve its chances by placing some horticultural grit in the bottom of the planting hole to improve the drainage

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