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Posted: 20/04/2016 at 11:44

The first year they will. A bulb as you buy it already has the flower formed within it and the reserves to make it grow. Then you have to feed them so they renew the bulb for next year. I think that if you plant without feeding them, they will not flower in subsequent years.

Knotweed or not weed?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 08:11

I spent 20 years trying to fork it out of an area of the veg patch. Eventually I gave up, left it fallow for a year, gave it two doses of glyphosate, one in May and another for regrowth in august. That killed it.

It will save you years of work if you kill it off now. You lose a years planting, but save years of effort trying to fork it out.

The cutting garden 2016

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 07:07

I get ..."paths are for walking on, not laying trays of plants on."

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 07:02

Sharp frost here. I moved the brugmansias into the unheated greenhouse yesterday. I hope it hasn't knocked them back..


Transplanting Delay = Stunted Tomatoes, Or?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 07:00

They are probably stunted due to exhaustion of nutrients in the compost. Transplant them into fresh compost, burying them up to the first leaves. They will soon catch up


Place your bets....

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 20:45

In Nottingham I reckon mid May, but up in Mansfield or Ashfield, end of May. it is always 2 degrees colder at my mums than at mine.

The cutting garden 2016

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 20:42

The magic happens at Ashwood. Thank John Massey for his breeding programme.

The cutting garden 2016

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 14:56

This group of hellebores are under an old oak tree.and faces south all winter so gets sun in Spring and autumn when the sun is low.There is a raised wall in poor state because the previous owners Great Danes used to play king of the castle on there. The bulbs and hellebores are followed by hardy geraniums later on, and then most of it dies down by June after the oak tree is in full leaf because it is in full shade and too dry.I have a cacoon.. a hanging tent like thingy to hang from one of the big branches later on. I intend rebuilding the retaining wall with stone at some point to stop the soil running off. I have never fed the hellebores apart from putting home made compost around them.


The cutting garden 2016

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 12:08

 I am still on daffs from the garden. I'm not good at arranging, I tend to plonk them in a vase. The smell is lovely.

The cutting garden 2016

Posted: 19/04/2016 at 12:07

Aym, these are all from Ashwoods. The double dark red does not seem to set seed, and is still flowering, but the others set seed, I will be taking some off later if I remember to bag them, otherwise I  lose them in the compost around them.

Taken today..

 Ashwoods are not cheap, but given that most plants sold are three year old, and the flowers make all others look like also rans... save your pennies and go and see the polytunnels full next February.  I also have a couple of their single neons

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