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Which annual and perenial seedlings should be 'pinched out'?

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 09:27

Pinching out encourages bushiness by producing more stems/shoots which in turn carry more buds/flowers. Leaving them just means (generally speaking) they'll grow up rather than out and will just have slightly fewer flowers. As Verd says, make sure the plants are healthy though.

I don't grow many annuals other than sweet peas but I pinch them out to give more flower power! 


Posted: 16/03/2014 at 09:17

Morning all. Cloudy here but dry for now so will try and get the last bits of hedge put in along the front path. Did some yesterday afternoon once it cleared up. Grass needs cutting but it's still very soggy so will leave it for a while. Picked a few daffs for the house. They're still popping up in the bit I lifted last spring so I didn't get them all! 

Off for a look round the forum. Have a good day all 

Iris Reticulata. Gordon Fletcher

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:43

Sounds good Bilje. The little Irises which are in flower  just now (Reticulata)are bulbs and these are the ones which tend to disappear eventually. The tall, rhizomatous kind we see in summer, will diminish with age and should be split to regenerate them. The central part gradually becomes less productive and new shoots appear around it. Remove the centre, divide the new sections up and replant them to maintain vigour and a good display. 


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 19:19

Yum Yum Dove 

Just had a baked potato with daughter's leftover meatball sauce though....


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 18:09

Steady on'll need a lie down and a cake 

I've done very little today as well, other than some light h****work and buying some compost. Well, it's Friday 


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 17:57

Well no muffins for you Verd. You're off my Christmas card list...

Haven't made them anyway. Went out for a coffee with a friend 

If you take the 'ones' off those temps Stacey, that's about right for here! 

I've put a silly reply on the advertising/spammer...I'm in one of those daft moods again..

Raining now and very windy 

Iris Reticulata. Gordon Fletcher

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 13:43

The 'sun baking' is for the larger summer flowering types Bilje. They're rhizomes as opposed to bulbs, and are planted on the surface of the ground rather than being buried like a bulb is. 

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 13:34
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I know nothing now



Are you from Barcelona nut? Que? 

Scary looking tree branches in my garden

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 13:03

I've bagged quite a few Edd! 

 Stob Dearg is the mountain you can see entering Glencoe. I put a pic of it on the Camera thread a while ago. Buchaille EM is the entire ridge - a Munro at each end and two minor tops in between.  It's known as Big Bookil and the adjacent parallel ridge is called Little Bookil. Great walks.

Not sure my knees will ever let me do any more unfortunately. Would like to get a bit more walking though 


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 12:09

Squirrels will dig them up and take them but if the bulbs are all there, it rules that out. Some of the birds have had a nibble at a few of my cream ones, but it's the yellows they're particularly fond of. If they haven't flowered though, it also rules that out. They're normally pretty forgiving of conditions. Is they're something unsuitable in the area they're planted like a bog for instance? Or are they planted too deeply?

Or were they Autumn crocus perhaps - Colchicum (naked ladies)- and not the usual spring flowering ones?

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