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Autumn is very near

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 11:02

Nice to 'see' you again Ann. Hope you're well  

Can you plant tulip bulbs in the Spring?

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 11:00

Snap Dove! 

Can you plant tulip bulbs in the Spring?

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 10:59

Hi Robert - if you buy them soon and pot them up, you can slot them in around the ones you already have in the ground - once they come through - and then when they've all died back you know where they can go and can put them in. Failing that, carefully mark all the bulbs you have with a plastic label or a small cane as they go over so that you can see where new bulbs can fit in the following autumn and plant directly then. Remember that your existing bulbs will clump up over time, especially crocus, snowdrops and daffs, so make sure you're not overloading the area too much. 

plant IDS

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 10:50

That sounds quite a good guess Victoria. I don't grow them but they have those fleshy ribbed leaves and the rosettes do get quite big. 

Pyracantha hedge

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 10:44

I had the same issue with a few Pyracanthas I put in last year. I picked off the affected bits and they are all fine now, even the worst one which had been an 'end of summer bargain' so it was a bit rough looking anyway. They're pretty trouble free on the whole though. As Stephen says they like a reasonable amount of drainage, although two of mine are actually in quite heavy ground. They'll also grow quite well in shade although they prefer sun.

You say you've got them recently Ali, so have you watered them in well enough initially? Sometimes it can be that simple, especially if they're quite large plants. That can be trickier than getting small plants established.


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 10:35

That's a lovely pic of Verd, Dove...errr sorry...I meant of his dog...

Very unhygienic though...

Thought it had cleared up a bit and was going to get outside now that car's been collected for MOT, but the rain's come back on 

It'll have to be another cup of tea instead 

Camera Corner

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 10:11

We get a lot of spiders Steve, which don't bother me in the slightest. Apart from when I have to release butterflies from their webs 

Older daughter and I had a good laugh at youngest  -she can be a big girl's blouse!  

Is that wrong...

Ideas for replacement shrub needed

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 10:04

If you're looking for an evergreen, because of the neighbouring shed, you could try a Choisya. The golden one 'Sundance'  will appreciate a little break from full sun. They're a bit slower than the standard green variety but will give you a burst of colour even if the flowers are a little less vigorous. The green one has nice scented flowers and may be more suitable with the other shrubs around it though. Escallonias are fairly quick growers. Most have pink flowers but the white one is very nice and will work with any colours you already have there. If it doesn't have to be evergreen, a buddleia will be happy there and provide a good framework over winter. Grows quickly and just needs pruned in spring really to give you the stems for the new flowers. Great if you want flower power, and lovely scent too.

Hope that gives you a couple of ideas to start with 


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 09:54

Steve - hit the nail on the head there!  

Hope you enjoy the forum MrsT. I've seen you on some of the other threads too.  It's a great mine of information - and not just about gardening!  Sometimes, a few people cause a bit of disruption, but if the threads in question are ignored they will hopefully disappear 

Camera Corner

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 09:20

Aren't those ermine moths stunning? 

Lovely pix on here as always. Not sure this one's so pretty. Youngest daughter didn't think so when she saw this in her bedroom and went screaming into her sister's room like a big girl...

 The opening of that glass is about 3" 

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