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Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:07

Many thanks, Philippa - I've sent you a pm, I think....if I have understood how the system works.

saffron crocus failing?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 19:49

I visited a saffron farm a couple of years ago - up in the mountains in the Pyranees.  The bulbs were grown on a steep slope facing the sun, in somewhat barren ground. As has been said already, they need to roast in the summer, then the autumn rains will bring them into growth, and flower.  The flowers were over quite quickly after which the plants quickly looked rather dejected.  Probably not the best bulb to grow if you're after nice flowers.

I planted some up in my garden, but lost them all after a year - too wet, I think.

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 09:32

That would be wonderful, thank you - I'm always up for a challenge.

Being totally untechie I'm not sure how to set about letting you have my address? - it's this pm thing that I've not got to grips with yet.  Got to go out - will try it out later.  Thank you.

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 10:08

just googled it - it looks fascinating - I'm wondering if it would like my Languedoc garden?  Its very hot and dry in summer, but can get cold and wet in winter....always looking for new ideas that can look after themselves.  Lookls as though they would not cope well outside in England in the winter though.

A couple of plant I.D's please

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:43

I have split my tall sedum (spectabile) into smaller chunks and they do well in the very dry conditions in my Languedoc rockface garden - just bloom a little earlier than in England.  I get different butterflies there!

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:37

no idea of  the varieties - what colour were they?  There is a wonderful orange ornithogalum that is definitely not hardy (south African?) and need to be grown in a conservatory, but my garden is stuffed with a white ornithogalum which self seeds readily and flowers profusely in a shady, rather dry area of the garden.  You see them growing wild in the vineyards in the Languedoc.

Sorry - probably not in the least bit helpful!


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 10:48

That sounds very complicated Edd....sounds as though I may be heading into "experienced" territory in my old age.

Thank you for your advice though - I'm raking moss out of what I laughingly call the lawn so no problem there.  I guess I must make more space on the windowsill.


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 10:43

I'm still very envious of those bergenias, Marian - my manky ones probably need resiting, though I'm not sure I have the right place for them.  The dark leaved ones are growing healthily but don't seem to flower.

Love your front door welcome too


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 10:36

.....and was it you, Bob, who advised me to plant my saved agapanthus seeds straight away?  Well the indoor ones germinated quickly and yesterday I decided to prick out....not sure if that was a mistake - they are like tiny blades of grass and have very little root.  I did the first dozen (about a quarter of the total) to ssee what happens and put the individual pots back on the windowsill alongside the orignal one.  Belt and braces strategy!

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 10:29

all the periwinkles are good - I have a double violet coloured one, a vinca major (large purple flowers) with green and white variegated leaves as well as the single minor with almost magenta flowers - they all flower all year round (in flower right now) and if you cut them back hard they double their efforts.

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