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Talkback: How to plant bulbs

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 12:08

Totally depends on the size of bulb peter, and they can vary enormously. Four inches or so will suit smaller daffs, but would be too deep for  crocus, and too shallow for most lilies for instance. Bob's description is the way to go - you won't go far wrong if you follow that.

In pots you can plant more closely together, and also less deep as it's a different medium altogether, and many people feel tulips will perform and survive better if they're planted more deeply than the recommended 'twice the height' system  


Posted: 12/09/2014 at 12:00

Well that's me £200 lighter after the optician....anyone want to buy two children? They're house trained - more or less. No reasonable offer refused....

DD - if you're struggling, put your bulbs in pots and when you've cleared the areas they're going into, you can either sink the pot in for this year, or carefully take them out the pots and plant them. 

OL - you soon forget how sweet they once were when they have their big, ugly, horrible  teenager moods... although mine are small rather than big! They're all lovely when they're asleep....

Hope he has a lovely birthday though! 

Very long week OL...and also sad, as there's been some very offensive comments's a no win situation whatever happens. It's become very divisive and unpleasant now. 

Clearing up here now so I'll go and get on outside for a little while before I go to the nursery for a little peace and quiet 

privet and toad stools

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 11:30

You can always do a comparison to honey fungus on internet sites which might help if you can't get a pic on here, but as nut says, it's easy to jump to conclusions and imagine the worst. Privet is fairly hard to kill - it survives severe pruning, heavy, wet conditions as well as dry, animal and insect attacks and all manner of other things thrown at it!

Rule out all other obvious issues first, and look at planting and soil conditions around it.  For instance - is anything else affected in any way?  


Posted: 12/09/2014 at 08:43

No lily - I doubt it very much...

Thinking of you doc. Take care x

Verd - I'm not mentioning that word...think we'll still let you in if you bring cake though...

Right - catch you all later, I'm off to where did I put the car keys?...

Hedge disease

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 08:33

Apologies for our jokes Schroedinger...we're a simple lot here, and easily amused....

When you say it's a hedge though, do you actually mean a length of hedge, or is it one  hedging type shrub in a container? I only ask becasue for a line of hedging to be in a container, it has to be a decent size of container or it's always going to be hard to provide enough nutrition for it to thrive as it should.

Pix would definitely help - from a bit of distance as well as close ups  

decorative slate chippings

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 08:25

A 25kg bag of slate won't go very far, so I'd try and split it into two or three bags/buckets as the others have suggested so that you can transport it easily on your own  

As Welshonion says - a handy bag is anything but -  a  bulk bag is the usual name for them, and requires delivery on a lorry!  

Plant ID help please

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 08:11

Pasqueflower is the common name - they're very pretty and great for early spring. Easter time of course 

One of mine have seeded, so it'll be interested to see if it's like the parent. I moved some of mine last year to no ill effect - perhaps I was lucky 


Posted: 12/09/2014 at 08:09

Morning all.. Misty again here. Wouldn't fancy being driven by fairy junior in this chicky..

Actually, wouldn't fancy being driven by fairy junior - full stop. Just as well she doesn't drive! 

Good luck lily  - have you had your porridge/spinach? 

Opticians for young fairies this morning - youngest can't see the whiteboard in class.  Maybe she could just sit next to the teacher....

Nursery in the afternoon for me...have to be restrained though  

Busy yesterday after work so wasn't on here - off for a look round now. Have a good day everyone 

Turf or seeding

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 08:11

I think whatever you do cc - you'll have to blend carefully with the grass you have or it will be noticeable. For that reason, I'd use seed, and I'd make sure some went over the existing grass. .  Mix some seed with a bit of soil/compost and scatter it when you're ready to do the new bits, so that it's done at the same time. Make sure you tamp down the soil on the areas where you've removed the path etc, and then rake to get as even a finish as possible. You might need to leave those parts for a little while then top up, as soil can settle quite a bit especially after rain. 

The seed you use depends on what you'll  want to use the grass for. I'm not an expert on that but GCs will stock a good enough variety, so perhaps do a little research there first if no one comes along here to assist  


Posted: 11/09/2014 at 07:57


Morning all. Misty here but dry again, and not quite so chilly. That wand of mine is red hot Lesley - and I hope the weather is too! 

lily - I like yellows but I'm very particular about the strength of colour , type and time of year. I hate the brash ones - like Hypericum -  but there's a Potentilla in next door's garden which borders my path and it's the creamy yellow one which is lovely, and has been stunning this year. I don't mind bright, cheery yellows in Spring. Hard school here isn't it?  

Hope Dove isn't feeling too sore today.. 

Off for a quick look before I go t'mill 

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