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Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:21

perhaps another one to consider is epimedium - I've just noticed my yellow one flowering its socks off half under my Pembury Blue fir tree, and in the heavy shade of the fence - it has quadrupled in spread over two years.  The leaves take on lovely reddish tints in autumn too.  it grows amongst clumps of hellebores here.

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:13

Philippa they've arrived - about to pot up individually and look forward to see how they develop.  Very exciting.  Thank you.

plant I.D. please

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:47

They are very decorative in the garden.  If they get out of hand there is only one way to get rid of them and that's weedkiller.  They have a miriad of tiny bulblets deep under the soil and not matter how deep you dig you always leave some behind which then enjoy all that extra space you've left them.




Plant Id please

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:43

I agree with nut - and they do self seed.  I would thin them out as soon as you can and then you'll have a fantastic show this summer!

What am I?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:15

I agree with nut - I love these as they pop up all over the place, sometimes yellow, sometimes orange.  Easy to pull out if you don't like where they've popped up, not so easy to transplant.  Low growing - but will continue to flower up to the first frosts.

Please recommend a lavender - will be in a large pot.

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:12

There is a wonderful lavender farm in Norfolk and they sell plugs of a great many varieties.  Look them up on the web - they will be able to advise you, but can also offer varieties that are not available in the garden centres.

I grow "bunny ears" lavender in a hot, dry spot in France - it needs a very poor, stony soil - great of you intend to neglect it!  However, if you want something taller there are many other varieties.

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.

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