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Posted: 30/09/2014 at 13:34

Fishy - Pete's right - it just takes time. 

Iris bulb/corm

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 13:23

They're pretty too Fishy, but don't flower for long so best in amongst other perennials or annuals which will take over when they finish. 

Iris bulb/corm

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 12:58

Then it's likely to be the Dutch type as Dove describes. 

Iris bulb/corm

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 12:52

If it's early flowering - Feb/March - it's likely to be one of the reticulata/dwarf  types. They only get to about 8"/10" in height. There's lots of varieties though so it would be difficult to tell exactly which one - even when it's in flower. They're not terribly long lived usually but very pretty 

brunnera Betty Bowring

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 12:41

OP said it was a white flowered variety - that's what I was referring to - not foliage. Some white flowering plants can have different requirements to  darker flowered ones of the same species  

brunnera Betty Bowring

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 11:14

I don't grow Brunnera but white varieties of anything can often be less hardy and a little more fussy so perhaps that's the reason. They like damp and shade so they're useful for those awkward areas but could it be that they prefer more light?  Hopefully, someone who grows them can offer some better advice than me. 

An alternative could be Pulmonaria - I had the white one in a very shady spot in heavy clay at a previous garden and it did well. 

Bulbs, bulbs and more bulbs!

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 10:57

I agree with obelixx about snowdrops and bluebells - best in the ground not pots. You can get away with a little clump of snowdrops in a temporary display with a grass and a small shrub or something similar, but not kept there permanently. It's also a good idea to keep things together which have similar needs, so be particularly careful with alliums as they mostly like sun and sharp drainage.

As the others have said - keep it simple to give the best result   

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 10:41

Smashing bargain Will 

Little Maid is very pretty David - hope you can find it.

There's lots of pink sedums which look similar archie - Carl is another nice one. chicky's is a lovely rosy colour though - very nice 

Bulbs, bulbs and more bulbs!

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 08:56

Do you mean putting all of those in the same pot, or having a mix? 

I'd do a couple crammed with just one variety for real impact next to an entrance or  either side of a gate or something, and have the rest a mix, but I wouldn't put all the varieties in one pot.

Something I like to do is plant up several plastic pots the same size which will fit inside a nice pot . You can then swap those during the season instead of having to change them round in the specimen pots. I do them with a single variety of bulb but you could have 7 pots of early bulbs together, then change them for summer ones and so on. That might be an easier way of doing all your different types 

anyone here ever coppiced a starndard tree successfully?

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 08:40

I'd think it could work. Amelanchier are usually described as shrubs rather than trees anyway. I had one which was more 'tree like' in a previous garden, near a hornbeam hedge. I notice the new owners have assumed it's part of the hedge and have hacked it down when doing the hedge - I'll go and take a look and see what it's like!

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