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Breaded Iris Question?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 12:29

Hi Kirstin, the bearded Irises need their rhizomes (the bit you're seeing) exposed to the sun as much as possible to keep them right, so don't cover them at all 

Dividing helps to renew their vigour as they spread outwards in a circle. When they're divided, you keep the healthy bits on the outside of the ring and discard all the middle sections which won't flower so well.

I have to say I laughed when I read your heading as I quite fancy 'breaded'; irises!  


Posted: 27/06/2016 at 08:06

Morning all/afties Pat if you're around 

Busy weekend Clari! 

That's good to know fidget. I rarely do the pricking out thing as I don't grow very much from seed, but I sowed the very thinly.  I was planning on just putting each little pot in somewhere and seeing how they got on. It's what would happen in nature anyway...she said, hopefully...   

'Second cuppas in bed' sounds about right Dove. Have a good natter with nut 

I have so much to do outside and now Wimbledon's here it will hold me back Joyce. It's a hard life...

On a tangent - has anyone downloaded any  Glastonbury? I got Tom Odell no problem, but I can't find  Art Garfunkel anywhere. Or is the BBC ignoring him..  

Off to work soon so will catch up later. Have a good day everyone 

Asian Lily 'Queen of the Night'

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 07:58

Yes - leave the foliage till it dies back. I don't grow anything in with my lilies, but you might find bits and pieces in GCs etc, although I expect any annuals will have gone by now. You would have to have got some of those a few weeks ago to have ready. 

You could even look at a few herbs - thyme flowers off and on for ages over summer. Bound to be something you can pop in there  

Wish me luck

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 07:53

Well done Lou. Give yourself a HUGE pat on the back - if you have the energy!  

I take it you won't be joining me for a session on the hills then?....


Clematis advise

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 07:49

You can prune back lightly and you may get another flush of flowers. The varieties which are just finishing now usually do that. Alternatively, you could forego those flowers, prune back further, and then tie in the new growth in across the support , as others have said, to give you better coverage and therefore a better display next year.  

Asian Lily 'Queen of the Night'

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 07:43

Couple of weeks Marc  

Get your thinking cap on!  


Posted: 26/06/2016 at 18:34

Fidget - did you plant harebell plugs or grow from seed? I sowed some seed a couple of months back and I have loads of healthy little plants. Haven't got round to splitting them up though.... probably need to plant them as they are...

That's dedication Panda  

Setting sleepers

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 18:28

If you're putting them on their edges. I'd suggest you put in some corner posts to bolt them to. Once they're filled with soil, they'll be pretty unstable if they're used that way   

I have a very dead lawn

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 18:08

Remove all the dead grass first. I'd wait a couple of weeks before doing anything else, but you can check the optimum amount of time on the packaging regarding the breaking down of the weedkiller.

No need to use a lot of soil/compost - you only need to sprinkle some over the surface with the seed mixed in. A centimetre or two of coverage is sufficient. Rake all the surface of the plot first though, to get it broken up a little, then proceed with the soil/compost and seed. You can use compost or soil on their own or a mix - it doesn't have to be too scientific at this stage. It's not too big an area, so you won't need much - two or three standard bags is probably enough.

If the garden's shady, you can get seed designed for that aspect, otherwise go for a general purpose, hard wearing mix which is more suitable for wear and tear. Your local Garden Centre or DIY store will have loads of different types - just check the packaging for the right amount you'll need, and the type which will suit best. 

I have a very dead lawn

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 16:30

Hi Glen - you'd probably have been better just mowing it and then giving it a dose of weed and feed. Glyphosate kills everything unfortunately.  You'd be surprised how much mowing alone improves grass. I usually give mine a feed in early spring, followed by a weed and feed 4 to 6 weeks later. Mowing every week, only taking a little off the height each time, encourages the grass to thicken up and spread sideways, giving you a decent surface.

If the ground's compacted,aerating will help in spring and autumn. An ordinary garden fork pushed in to a good depth will often be all that's needed. 

If you wait till the effect of the weedkiller's gone, you could mix some grass seed in with some soil or compost, and sow that over the whole area, making sure it's in contact with the ground by firming it in well, and then watering thoroughly if there's no rain forecast. It won't take long to germinate at this time of year. I'm afraid it won't be suitable to play on this year though. Alternatively, you fork it over, adding some soil and compost, level it and lay turf. 

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