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Should I soak these first

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 17:48

...and I'd do them in pots in the greenhouse to start with.

Sedges grown into side of preformed pond

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 13:42

hello Peter - I think you could have a tussle on with sedges.  In my pond they deep rooted and were hard to get out, and then self-seeded all over the garden.  My advice would be to start as soon as you see them - pull them out, cut through the roots if that's not feasible and then watch out for any bits that start up again....good luck, and don't forget to make sure you have an escape route for any hedgehogs that fall into the pond.

Clumps of crocus with no flowers

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 13:33

...and of course mice and squirrels absolutely adore the corms which is why people often plant them in pots with a a mesh over the top to precent them beingexcavated and consumed!

Clumps of crocus with no flowers

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 10:20

I agree - poor things are probably starved after living under the conifers.  Heap on the compost and feed now, whilst they are still in leaf.  You may be rewarded later this year if you are lucky, otherwise they should be fine next year.  The alternative is to lift them after the foliage diies down, store until autumn, then plant in pots with good compost and pamper them in pots for next year before returning to the improved soil where you wanted them.

Lidl surprises

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 10:14

If it's as good as almost everything else I get from Lidl it will be pretty good.  Their grass seed is excellent, and the granular plant food is half the price of branded makes - the only problem with that though is it is sold in cardboard boxes which absorb the damp in my shed so have to remember to decant into plastic containers.

Be interested to know what you think once you've tried it.

Seed Sowing Time Yet?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 16:41

Oh Mark - beware the clivia! I hope you have lots of good gardening friends.   Last year mine was so top heavy I decided to repot it.  It split into five large plants - each seemingly as big the single one from which they had come.  I've managed to find good homes for three of them, and the other two have grown at a rapid pace to refill the pots to the size of the parent.  It's a bit like trying to rehome a batch of kittens.....there are only so many you can find room for!


Posted: 01/03/2015 at 13:45

Thanks philippa - I'll have a go.  Incidentally the ornithogalum planted outside in France last autumn have grown enormous in both locations I was trying them. hoping for flowers this year!


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 07:48

Good advice already given.  My best one grows against the garage wall in front of three different clematis.

I saved some wonderful fat seed pods from my Bluebird last year - any advice on sowing?  I wonder if they need the frost treatment?  I usually just plant seeds I collect and see what happens but anyone with  experience could advise me?


Posted: 21/02/2015 at 07:39

What a lot of doom and gloom! I've got a huge clump of pink hyacinths under my apple tree after planting out just three flowered blooms ten years ago - they produce more and more blooms every year, a tad smaller I agree, and like all the spring bulbs they get fed with tomato feed after blooming until the foliage dies down.  The only downside is that the dying leaves are a magnet for snails....but then you know where they are and can pick off and dispose regularly!

The blue ones get planted around the basking hippo my fun-loving son gave me some years ago, to represent water, and cause a laugh or two from visitors.


New Clematis Armandii

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 14:30

I think this is one of those plants that either likes where it is or doesn't.  Against the odds I have one on a trellis exposed on all sides...and it thrives, even in our heavy clay soil.  But it is evergreen - never seen it without leaves - and full of buds right now.  I never give up on anything until after several months....or if the stem falls off when I touch it...I would give it a few months to see what happens - after all it wiill be concealed behind the other shrubs you planted there, which could just have taken all the moisture and caused it's downfall?

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