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Can I store gladioli bulbs until next year?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 16:37

Thank you Blue Onion. Yes, I just purchased them.

My parents live in Albania (above Greece) and I dont think there are any problems taking them there.


Can I store gladioli bulbs until next year?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 14:21

I have some gladioli bulbs which have not been potted (bought from shop) and wanted to take some to my mother in August when I go over there (different country). Would I be able to leave these bulbs unpotted and store them until August? If yes, how do I do this?

A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 22:05

The three roses in this combination are stunning as well especially Peace which has very large flowers with custard yellow petals with a hint of pink on the edges. The pure orange rose unfortunately has a very por flower longevity especially in a vase.


The deep brown-orange colour of the "Hot Chocolate" rose in this one is truly amazing. The flowers also tend to stay in that semi-opened shape throughout. Flower longevity is slightly better than the orange rose above.


A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 21:55

This one is called "You are beautiful" from Fryer's roses. It truly lives up to its name and it is the best rose I have ever grown in respect to flower longevity both in the garden and in a vase. The flowers last for at least 2 weeks however after that the petals start to lose their colour becoming whitish and speckled with rust coloured spots.


I remember a few years ago I saw a rose called Osiria in a catalogue which had velvety petals that were white on the outside and dark red on the inside. The rose seems to have disappeared from the shops nowadays and the nearest one I could find resembling it was the "Raspberry Queen". Beautiful flowers (although not dark red) however they do not last very long compared to my other roses.



A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 21:40

Thank you very much everyone.

Sue: The rose is called Double Delight. Flower retention is very good both in the garden and in a vase.

Fairygirl: I posted this here because I wasnt sure where to post. I'm not sure if admin are able to move the thread to the right place?

Victoria: I went to a garden centre and bought a few plants that I liked and used my apple tree as the starting point. As I carried on planting it became obvious that the yellows and oranges were the dominant colour so I carried on buying plants of those colours.

Whereas the white/pink/purple garden was actually planned from scratch.

Orchid thank you. I have a nice collection of orchids in the house as well





A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 23:53


A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 23:51

A few shots of individual plants a result of me practicing with my DSLR camera will follow gradually below.


A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 23:45

BM, thank you. It really has been hard work. I had to dig ll those surfaces with a spade to a depth of a foot and had to get rid of the top layer of soil (around half a foot) since it was so encrusted with garss roots that I had no other choice. Then I enriched all those areas with a mixture of compost and top soil. It's taken 1250 l of compost and 900 l of top soil.

Everything is still a work on progress. I got around 25 varieties of hostas from Bowden's which I planted on potts to give them a chance to establish. Next year I will plant them in soil mainly in the front garden together with a few ferns. Might add a few shade tolerant clematis to the front garden as well to add some colour to it in the summer months.

And I plan to add a few David Austin roses to the back garden as well as a few more varieties of plants which I like. One definite addition is going to be lupins and large poppy varieties. truly love both these plant varieties but never had the chance to get some decent specimens this year.


A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 23:34

One third of that corner which doesnt show in the pic has a 6' x 12' x 6' aluminium frame cage whhich protects 10 blueberry bushes planted in large size pots. I managed to get around 5 kg of blueberries this year which is not bad considering the bushes are less than 2' in height.

On the other side of the garden I decided to go for another mixed perenial garden dominated by whites, pinks and blues. The terracotta oil pot is really gorgeous and money well worth spent.




A summer's worth of work.

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 23:15

I had enough of a plain empty looking garden so this summer decided to put my back to it and get it sorted. The front garden was a patch of uneven grassy mess facing N-NW. So decide to plant an acer tree in the middle of it as a focal point and then planted various ferns, hostas, a fatsia japonica, patches of daffodils, bluebells, snow drops and some grasses. Quite surprisingly it also got covered with yellow poppies which I have no idea where they came from.



In the back garden I have a planted a rose border on one side which has around 15 roses. At the bottom of the garden I have gone for a cottage style garden dominated by yellows and oranges:




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