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Posted: 04/03/2016 at 13:27

If you mark the areas just now which have no snowdrops or daffs, you'll see where you can  plant the bluebells Shirley. The daff foliage will probably still be there by the time you them anyway though. 

You should start seeing signs of perennials or summer flowering bulbs coming through by now. In another month or so, you'll see gaps which you can then mark for more bluebells if you fancy them. Bear in mind that some perennials and shrubs will spread to cover a big area, but underplanting with bluebells should be fine unless the perennials are very early as well, and won't allow you to see them. For those areas you could put in earlier bulbs if you like.  

Heavy clay soil

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 13:16

Just what I was going to say! Manure and grit will pay dividends. If you add a some grit every time you plant, it will also benefit the soil over time. If you can't get a supply of farmyard manure or horse manure, you can buy it in bags from the usual outlets. 

Clay's great once you get it in good order 

Trailing plants

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 08:07

Pieris makes a very large shrub....

Unless the pot's very big, I wouldn't put too much in there with it, unless you plan to remove it again as the azalea grows Margaret. The azalea will suffer from too much competition. Verdun's suggestion would be ideal but only if it's a big pot and a small azalea!  

spring bulbs

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 08:02

It's only the species tulips which would normally be in flower at this time of year and even with the milder winter many people have experienced, it's very early for tulips to be in flower. I have some growth on a few of mine and some are only just coming through the soil. Tulips need sharper drainage than daffs and narcissus, which can cope with sitting in wet ground.

Have they got very dried out between receiving them and planting them?

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 04/03/2016 at 07:56

Morning all/afties Pat - glad you tracked down your friend,although I'm sure she could have done without the broken bone 

chicky - I think it's not uncommon. I know you'll worry,  but at least he's said he has pain and it can be looked at. You know what men are like for hiding it  Love to you all xxx

Weather has calmed down here and it's dry again. We've had hardly any snow this winter and less rain than normal, thankfully. We sent it all down to the north of England - sorry  

Short day at work today - Friday already - where does the time go? I'll have a quick read here before I head out.

Have a good day everyone - stay dry and warm if possible 

Unhealthy bamboo

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 20:25

Has it ever had fresh soil/compost Zo?  It sounds like it might be a bit pot bound by now  if the pot's the only one it's ever been in. It may contain mainly roots. Bamboo can be tricky in containers, despite their reputation for easily getting rampant in the ground 

John Innes no3 soggy compost

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 20:01

Pot away Craigh! As I said - I'd somehow assumed you had hedging or shrubs of some kind.

Verdun's advice is spot on. Just watch how much water you give 'em and good luck with getting the garden sorted!  

Help needed!

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 19:38

I've only just read this thread Henry and I'd agree with the other comments. That's a very poorly constructed fence.  People are chancers  

He sounds like he's looking for a convenient way of getting the job done properly. He probably won't take kindly to you saying his fence is a heap of **** though, so you may have to be careful!  

John Innes no3 soggy compost

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 19:25

I think I've assumed Craigh has bought shrubs or hedging Verd. 

I'd agree - if it's perennials, I'd keep them potted for a while.

I'm sure he'll let us know what he has  

John Innes no3 soggy compost

Posted: 03/03/2016 at 18:41

What is it you have Craigh? I should have asked that first  

You should be able to put most bare root stuff out just now unless the ground's really unsuitable.

As Yvie said - JI 3 is mainly for plants which are in pots long term - like a specimen shrub or tree. 

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