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Giant allium bulbs have loads of roots growing out of pot bottom!

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 22:18

At some point you'll need to take them out the pot they're in,  so you'll have to disentangle the roots if they're showing out of the bottom. I'd do that now if it was me, because the roots will only get more tangled. Cutting the pot away is certainly one way of doing it, but it's easier to just remove a plant from a pot when there's less root rather than more. 

Perhaps it's just a question of fortune favouring the bold. For me, if plants need moved - they get moved, even if it means a good haircut  

Giant allium bulbs have loads of roots growing out of pot bottom!

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 18:35

I'm slightly confused. There's no benefit to a plant in putting it inside a bigger pot, while keeping it in the pot it's in, other than if you were concerned about it freezing.

Potting on won't disturb the roots to any great extent. I often pot on after cutting excess roots off the bottom of plants in order to get them out the pot to begin with. I've done it at lots of different times of the year, although a benign, mild spell of weather is always best.

Alliums are pretty tough - if they were mine, I'd get them into bigger pots now and give them a bit more depth. It helps with their stability too. 


Posted: 09/01/2017 at 18:18

I think the first thing I'd want to know is, what size is the garden? If my neighbour planted even a small tree like a Rowan, it would cast shade on the entire plot, whereas I could have several without any issue.

Having said that, Amelanchier will suit almost anywhere. A Rowan if you have a garden anything more than around 6 m by 6 m, as it won't remove every scrap of sun you get either. Any plot bigger than around that size - any of the other choices would probably be fine. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 18:10

I don't really 'get' the need for another chat thread either...

We need 'you boys'  

If only to have a laugh with you on the cat thread Hosta. I thought your subconscious had called you and made you log in! Well, it helps pay for the holiday 

Glad you're enjoying your break. We've had hail and sleet already today, so I hope that makes you feel better 

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Posted: 09/01/2017 at 18:07

Was your radar working subconsciously Hosta?  

Water scarecrows are the only real deterrent. Nothing else works here - and I've tried them ALL  

They're also very satisfying.....

Queensland tulips

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 18:02

Aye nut - stick to putting those on the washing line....

I'd never heard of them so looked them up. Just a named variety so, as doc says, no specific treatment.

The big blousy varieties are more prone to being spoiled by rough, windy weather, so if you get that kind of weather at the time they're in bloom,  make sure you plant them somewhere they won't be in the firing line!  

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 08:07

Morning all/ afties Pat if you're about 

Unpleasant Dove.... another quiet day for you then!

chicky - perhaps the mild winter for the viburnum? I used to have one round the corner but I can't remember what it was like. I've just planted a burkwoodii on the boundary here to help with wind filtering. Could have done with it being a bit bigger  last night -very wet and blustery and more to come. I've got too used to this benign weather we've had - forgotten what our normal stuff is like!

Think I've recorded that doc. Emerson was brilliant but totally mad! I watched the Scorsese doc about Dylan. Quite an eye opener. I knew the 'fans' hated him for picking up an electric guitar, but, jeez....

The stupid questions journalists asked him as well. I suppose they're better informed now, or maybe artists are simply much better at dealing with it. Fascinating.

Better go and get ready for the salt mine too. Catch you all later 

A mouse in the house

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 07:50

I'm with the others on this - you have to get rid of them if they're in the house. No such thing as one mouse either...

I also love to encourage wildlife into the garden - I have a regular little mouse who visits - but that's where the garden stops. My door. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 18:37

Just heard that too obelixx. 

I suppose he was a reasonable age. I'm watching Scorsese's documentary about Dylan which I recorded a while back....I hope that isn't an omen. Maybe I'll leave it for another time! 

Why don't the birds visit my feeder?

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 18:33

Ah - if it's been out that long and isn't getting eaten, it might be better to get rid of it, give the shelf a clean, and put a little handful of new food out. 

If you have small birds coming in - robins, tits, finches etc, they'd appreciate a little cover from the tree, so I think you could move it a little nearer. They possibly use the tree for shelter anyway. 

I use a mix suitable for that kind of bird and mix a bag of sunflower hearts in as well, but it might be worth while trying some of those on their own, and see what happens.  You can also add to your mix depending what birds you see, and how often. If they're visiting for the peanut feeder, they'll eat other things too. It's often a case of trying something and then building on that - and a bit of patience! 

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