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Posted: 19/09/2013 at 06:27

Morning all. OH up early to drive to Glasgow, so of course I'm awake too. I might get another doze in a bit.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 06:13

Sometimes you can have too many bulbs. Last year I wanted about 50 Allium giganteum. 75 cost twice as much as 25, so I had 75.

Then it rained and rained so I couldn't get them in the clayey soil, so I potted each in a 3in pot. I eventually gave some away and finally planted most of them after Easter.

Then the ox eye daisies grew to 5 ft and smothered them. My plan of purple pompoms over a sea of white daisies didn't quite work.

allium seeds !

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 04:30

Onion seeds need to be fresh each year. Stored seed (older than a year)will usually not germinate. Parsnips also need fresh seed each year. Peas and beans will keep for donkeys years if dry.

buddleia colvilei

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:46

Maybe a bit of bottom heat?. Have you got a plug in propagator, with the large dome top?

allium seeds !

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:43

I've grown Galtonia candicans and lilium regale from seed , and got flowers the second year.

buddleia colvilei

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:37

Maybe  B. colvilei would grow in a pot, and then have the shelter of the cold greenhouse in winter. It does look a beautiful flower. Its supposed to be a bit hardier as it gets bigger, so maybe plant it out second year?

buddleia colvilei

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:33

I have a lot of plants that started out as small cuttings. My grandmother started me off. She grew an entire hedge of lavender by just pushing in cuttings in a line, taken from a bush a neighbour had discarded. She did have very sandy soil, so that probably helped. I just thought it was amazing.

allium seeds !

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:16

If you have an area you can leave undistubed, you can grow them straight into the soil. My A. christophii selfseeded a lot in an undisturbed corner.

 Otherwise sow in deep trays of gritty compost, and grow on for a year or two to grow larger bulbs before planting out.

buddleia colvilei

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 20:12

Burncoose list it as on the tender side, so I have never tried it this far north, even though I have had a lot of different buddlejas over the years.

I seem to be ok with davidii cultivars- pink, white, nanho blue, dartmoor, harlequin (weak), and globosa and x weyerana, and alternifolia.

 I found B. fallowiana pretty, but weak and I lost it.

 The butterflies seem to prefer the wild pale purple  davidii type, in preference to the other colours.

To landscape fabric, or not to landscape fabric?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 19:58

I would hold off planting perennials until the ground is weed free. That means you either smother them in thick black plastic for up to a year, or a few blitzes with glyphosate starting  next spring. If you plant hrough fabric, you will still have the problem ,but not be able to get at it properly to weed it.

Once it is weed free, plant and mulch. Putting mulch or fabric over perennial roots will have no effect on the weeds at all.

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