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only leaves

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 16:12

feed it whilst it is growing well and allow it to die back naturally (though sometimes they refuse to die back - b**** minded ones) and that should put enough goodness back in the bulb to get it flower again.  I'm still waiting for my bought one (and one from last year) to actually consider throwing up any kind of shoot.  Biog fat solid bulbs - I'm waiting hopefully.

only leaves

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 16:01

I've got your problem too, staffs mags.

Bought amaryllis from Lidl for the grandchildren plus one for myself - planted mine straight away but it has not started to do anything yet.   Meanwhile those the grandchildren got were already growing within the box, and the first one is already in flower.  I am guessing they need to be kept in the dark until they start growing so have now put a heavy brown paperbag over the top of mine in the hope it will coax it out of it's dormancy.

Good garden centre/nursery

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 11:37

but where's the fun in that? I am always offered the services of a handsome young man to put heavy bags in the boot of my car.

Local "growing" nurseries are often more fun than a GC, but they also tend to specialise so you will get a wider range of varieties, but a smaller overall range of species.


Posted: 10/01/2015 at 13:09

Charlie - where would he keep his telly?

Green path plants

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 13:01

celandines look good in early spring and the creeping campanulas - be aware that anything that spills over the edges with make the concrete very slippery after rain or frost.

Talkback: Looking back

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 12:58

There are only 12 months in the year - so after 12 copies you are back to the start again.  I haven't taken any gardening magazine for years but have a few saved copies from years ago and on the whole they are just as good as the current one....though of course the "new varieties" section must change each year.

I've just decided to taker up the 5 for a fiver offer, but suspect I will not continue after that.  I quite like to have a mag to read when |I'm on holiday!

Good garden centre/nursery

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 12:51

Garden Centres tend to offer larger plant, in flower - you can see what you are getting but you pay the price for their nurturing.  On the whole bigger plants are more likely to suffer root check after planting.  They are also grown in a light compost and sometimes find it difficult to spread their roots out into your "real" garden soil.  In specialist nurseries you get the advantage to talking to the person who has actually raised the plant and will know where it is likely to do well.

When you buy online you are usually getting plugs or small plants which settle into garden soil more happily.  Also you are ready to offer TLC as you know they will have been a bit stressed while they travel to you.

Water logging

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 12:42

you don't mention what type of soil it is.  I garden on heavy clay and this quite simply doesn't drain.  Do you know what kind of soil is prevalent in your area?


Posted: 10/01/2015 at 12:35

Oh Susan - showing your age there - but you are so right.  I wonder why they never repeat the old Geoff Hamilton programmes - I'd have thought they were pretty timeless and he never said "dig it up and throw it away and go and buy another one" - invaluable gardening advice for those of us that love to recycle and rebuild.

plum tree or pear tree?!

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 12:26

sorry to add another damper - cherry trees have very shallow rooting systems.  I had a spectacular one - beautiful flowers and stunning autumn leaf colour but the roots punctured the lining of the nearby pond, and spread under a grassy area gradually lifting it.  I was devastated when I had to have it cut down and several years later I am still lifting near surface roots.  The upside of its removal is that everything round about now grows healthily.  Crab Apple John Downie is lovely - red and yellow fruits that make an excellent jelly and no root problems.

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