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Alien Aquilegia

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 21:26

It may take a few days to green up. Don't worry.

Help with flower ID please!

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 21:22

Limonium sinuatum or Statice. Easy to grow. Dries well.

Alien Aquilegia

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 19:06

Give them a good soak and keep them in bright conditions. They will not need heat, and are better off outside or in a coldframe. They will soon green up.

Choosing between Dahlia seeds and tubers?

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 10:45

I often grow dahlia from seed. Bedding dahlias can be in flower in ten weeks. The large exhibition type take longer as they have to be bigger plants. I pick the best to save as tubers for the following year.

Lupins and Bluebonnets

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 05:05

True blue is the rarest colour.  Very often, what is described as blue is really purple.  Bluebells, are purple. Some delphiniums  are a good blue,Cornflowers,  and Salvia Patens i think is the colour of blue velvet.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 05:01

I saw the forecast for cyclone Debbie.

Hubby says it is a good job we are not there at the moment. We did some fantastic dives on the SS Yongala, which went down  on 23rd March 1911, with 122 lives lost, in a cyclone. It was found 12 miles out from  Alva Beach, near Cape bowling green. It was found in 1958.  We went out of Townsville on the liveaboard MV Spoilsport.  It is now an amazing reef full of marine life, but quite challenging as a dive because of the tearing currents that go across it.

 I don't suppose they blamed global warming for the cyclone in 1911.

 Stay safe Pat. Lets hope it blows out  before it gets inland.

Last edited: 26 March 2017 05:02:12

How quickly does a cyclamen coum grow?

Posted: 26/03/2017 at 04:48

How big is the corm? I have some corms grown from seed that are about the size of a 50p coin. Others are the size of tea plates. You can grow them  under trees or in pots. In direct sunlight they dry out too much. They are coming to the end of season now, so they do tend to look a bit pathetic, but if you don't let it get bone dry, It should flower again next year .I have some in pots, I bring near to the house when in flower, the rest of the year they are in a shady spot. They are not good as indoor plants.

They are slow growing but the corm will get bigger each year. The seeds often bury themselves via the corkscrew arrangement and you get seedlings growing alongside, if the pot is top dressed with fine grit.

Last edited: 26 March 2017 04:50:35

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 20:54

Gawd knows what the neighbours think. I answered the door to a neighbour in my dressing gown this morning. He wanted to know if hubby has a metal lathe.  I thought I might as well get dressed and do some work. The leaves have been there all winter, thats why I'm a fair weather lazybones.  Then I answer the door to a stranger wrapped in a towel.

Animal faeces in veg plot

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 19:44

I confess to digging in loads of poo, from horses and cattle, well rotted of course. We call it Organic. The hedgehogs, foxes, and the occasional cat leave us presents. I dig them in too.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 25/03/2017 at 19:27

Well, LazyB that I am, I swept up all the leaves under the top oak, and filled a builders bag. I emptied the leaf mould bag from three years ago into small compost bags, so easier to move around.  Then I dug up Roscoea cangshanensis and made 9 new plants, after some time extracting the octopus roots from each other.  Then I had a bath. Of course at that point someone decided to bang on the front door. Wrapped in a towel, there is a man enquiring about a table for sale. Wrong house. Humph.

Curry for tea,  trifle for pudding.

Don't forget Mothers day tomorrow.  Lie ins allowed.

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