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saffron crocus failing?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:03

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 well those are the petals...

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and these are the flowers growing in stony ground in France

is this what you are expecting?

 

What am I?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:14

must you weedkiller?  they are so pretty, and if you really dont like them a quick going over with the hoe would remove them.

saffron crocus failing?

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 17:12

and the "saffron" that's worth a small fortune is the two or three red threads in the centre of the flower - quite sad to see a huge basketfull of petals pulled off to harvest a tiny amount of saffron!

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.

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