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Mystery Plants

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 18:58

Think you're right Liri - it does look more like Lamb's lugs (Stachys). I couldn't see it very clearly. If it's fuzzy, it's definitely not Sedum, so I'd say Stachys for that one. 

I don't see any bronze Carex - only old foliage 


Posted: 02/01/2017 at 18:53

What - only February, Clari....

Daffs and crocus are great - they tolerate a lot, as nut says. Tulips are better planted later anyway if Autumns are warm where you live. We can plant them quite early here. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 18:46

Always looks a bit empty when the decs come down, doesn't it AuntyRach? I'll leave ours for a few days - they didn't go up till quite near Christmas anyway.

Dinner's been had here - nice bit of squirrel. Goulash actually....

Keep cracking that whip Clari - don't let the momentum drop 

Exciting for Wonks Dove. Hope it all goes well.

T'bird - hope tonight is better, but don't feel any guilt about a nothingy sort of day and parking your a**e  

More hole filling and painting done and coat hooks put on inside of cupboard door etc. Looks as though I've done nothing though, since everything was pretty white to start with apart from the door frames  

Wot no Snowdrops?

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 17:22

Snowdrops like moist ground Paul, so they're unlikely to rot  

Are you sure there's nothing left? My snowdrops aren't showing yet, although the crocus are about an inch out the ground. 

The base of an evergreen tree is more likely to be too dry for them than too wet, a deciduous tree is ideal for planting under. If you can't see any sign of them, it's most likely they've been dug up, although in my experience, crocus are usually more attractive. 

Mystery Plants

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 17:15

No 2 looks like a Sedum - assuming we're talking about the plant in a pot just below that wheel?

The last one has Hebe like foliage, but could also be a thyme. Difficult to see them clearly from the photos as I can't get a good idea of the scale.

No idea what the third one is. Too messy, but there could be some chives in there. Have you tried crushing the foliage on those two to see if there's any scent? Chives and thyme are both distinctive  

Wot no Snowdrops?

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 16:46

Squirrels will dig up small bulbs - they're readily available to them as they're not too deep in the ground. The small alliums are very attractive to them as well  

Any hope for my completely broken Magnolia Stellata sapling?

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 13:54

I'd agree with Onopordum here Lola. I'd say you're going to have to dig it up and raise the level of the soil in the hole so that when you backfill it, the junction of trunk and roots is level with the surrounding ground. Otherwise, you'll have a crater which will fill with water and  the surrounding soil will gradually drop in again too. It's a good time of year to shift it before it gets into growth properly, but wait till a reasonable day to do it, and then keep an eye on it. 

Others may have a different opinion, but that's what I'd do if it was mine. You could remove soil for now and wait till autumn, but it will be more established by then and makes for a bigger job.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 13:38

Slightly regretting not going for another walk today as it's lovely - at this level anyway.  Oh well - too late now, and I've been getting on with hole filling and painting  

Glad you both had a good one LP and doc. A spell of this stuff would be nice - good for the soul 

Bit of a hassle Liri - hope the neighbours are bringing you back a good reward 


Posted: 02/01/2017 at 13:33

As Bob says - Any bulbs will dry out or go mouldy if not planted. I still have a few tulips to put in but I'll have to wait till the ground thaws out. They'll probably go in a pot anyway as the conditions aren't very favourable for tulips here. 

Most bulbsn will be better the following year once they've had a season of growth. Tulips tend to be short lived, but you'll get a coiple of years out of them at least. 

Seed catalogues

Posted: 02/01/2017 at 10:16

I used Seedaholic last year and they were excellent. Everything beautifully packaged and labelled, and clear instructions. I don't buy many seeds, but I was very impressed with them.

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