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Twisted Gladiolis

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 12:40

Like you I have heavy clay.  I have great success with the cheapest gladioli corms from Lidl.  I plant in 2 litre pots of ordinary multi purpose (or home-made if I have it) and tuck them away in a sheltered spot, or cold greenhouse, until they are well grown then plant them where they are needed - still in the pot.  A little comfrey fertiliser if they look as though they need a bit of a boost - an excellent results.  Easy to lift and store afterwards (if I get round to it).

Fishing for sympathy!

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 12:30

That's an original way to "put your feet up" on your birthday - many happies for yesterday, and don't be tempted to start digging too soon, even if you feel able and know it is exactly the right moment day to get going.....that's the frustrating bit - seeing the fine weather and stopping youself from doing anything in the garden.

Tree suggestions

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 10:26

guess it depends on your situation

i garrya eliptica too small? - very attractive evergreen with its long catkins

I have one to conceal the end of a large shed, but that bard looks enormous

BBC looking for new Gardeners World presenter

Posted: 21/01/2016 at 18:34

spare me from Christine Walkden - don't know what it is, but she irritates me no end.  I wouldn't mind Jekka, the herb lady, or Sarah Raven.....I suppose it depends on what they're going to be asked to do though

bulb id

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 16:17

That's a myth Lyn, I have several clumps of pink hyacinths that started as a group of 3 and have multiplied to be twenty or more.  They continue to produce full hyacinth flowers, perhaps a tad smaller than the original, in great abundance, after fifteen years.

white fly in please!

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 11:10

Bob that's a good site, thank you.

are there any controls that you water onto the soil?  I used to use plant pins for my house plants but these seem to have disappeared from the GC.  I now have problems with a tibouchina in my lobby - still flowering and getting the old fashioned "finger and thumb" treatment, but I think it needs a bit more than that.

bulb id

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 11:02

Yes hyacinth.  Plant out in the garden when it's finished flowering and mark with a label.  Wait until the flower head has died down before you cut it off and let the leaves die down naturally before removing the slimy remains - this is why you need the label, because after that it will have disappeared until next spring.

Be warned - hyacinths in the garden are a magnet for snails so you may need to check, and collect them up from time to time.  The bulb should then naturalise and the numbers increase, year on year.

Dividing Clematis

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 10:58

I have never had any success with cuttings - and I've tried in all seasons.

I have just lifted eight of my clematis and planted in deep pots, different varieties, as part of the garden is about to be bulldozed.  Three of them came up with additional plants attached and all have made many new growths due to the warmer winter.  The only one that worries me is a very rampant Armandii and now is absolutely the wrong time to be lifting it - but needs must.  This was the only one with the equivalent of tap roots, and these had to be severed - so fingers crossed on that one but it is residing in copious quantities of lovely home-made compost. 

I can't see that splitting as you suggest would do any harm at all, so long as you protect the roots well with lots of compost afterwards.

help me find a plant with "Matilda" in it's name

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 19:36

Love the description EG, but it would be too big for the pot I've got.  Is Meilland still going?  Haven't heard of any new introductions from his nursery for some time.

If you have an interest in autism

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 09:44

What a specialist community we are - in so many ways!

Aspergers children simply don't distinguish between the very unusual and special and the rest of the things they do - it's all just part of life.  Thank goodness there are people out there to ensure at least some of them are able to follow the exceptional paths of interest.

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