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Latest posts by happycottontail

Anemone Coronaria

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 10:15

Beguiled by the beautiful photos of these beauties in Sarah Raven's catalogue, and helped by sale prices and a 20% off voucher, I bought 100 corms (20 of each in 5 different colours).  I was thinking of planting them in a mild spell this week or next.  Sarah recommends soaking them overnight, but are they going to survive frosty and snow covered ground for weeks on end - as we have been promised up here in North Yorkshire - or will they just go mouldy?

Euonymous Alatus

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 10:03

Ok, we are now into December, and apart from one reddish tinged leaf, all the others are pale yellow and beginning to drop. Is this what I am to expect in future?  

Euonymous Alatus

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 17:25

I planted one of these back in May and have been looking forward to fiery red leaves for several weeks now, but they are still just pinky green.  Is it because it's a young plant - just under 2' high, or perhaps because it's in a part of the garden that doesn't get any sun between October and February?  

Sarah Raven

Posted: 12/11/2013 at 19:32

Great offers in bulb sale at Sarah Raven at the mo.  Just got 40 tulips and 100 anemone coronaria for £27.64 - original price £39.35.  Had some of her sweet pea plugs in April - one variety was naff and they were replaced without question.  But today the website didn't allow me to complete the order and I had to finish on the phone:  long wait before I got through, and person at the other end was rather clueless and her computer kept freezing.  Not good enough Sarah!

Composting Leaves

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 15:04

HJ, have you added to the bag during the year?  That would make the top ones still crispy.

Composting Leaves

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 21:54

This time last year Monty was saying to put them in a plastic bag, add a small amount of water, pierce some holes in the bag and fold the top over loosely.  Certainly worked for me!  Tonight on GW he said put them in an open chicken wire container. so I guess there's more than one way to skin a cat (or make leaf mould)    What do other people do?

Runner Bean White Lady

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 17:24

Thanks for the replies!  Dove, it's a large pot and a small shed, so I don't think that's possible    So I will have to remove the pods from the vine.  Would it be better to dry them off indoors, rather than in the shed?

Runner Bean White Lady

Posted: 06/11/2013 at 15:26

I've left a few pods on these runners, hoping to save some seed to plant next year.  I am still waiting for the pods to turn brown, and I want to use the large pot they are in for tulips.  I had a peep inside one of the pods and there are some very plump white beans inside.  Do I pick them now and dry them off  in the shed?

 The pods are a sort of greeny/black/brown.

Brown shoots on crocus corms - will they flower?

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 09:51

I thought the shoots should be creamy white, roundish and firm if they were still going to flower?

Brown shoots on crocus corms - will they flower?

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 21:42

A few weeks ago I bought a lot of crocus corms, but haven't been able to start planting them till today.  The variety Cream Beauty have thin little yellowish brown shoots. Would it be a waste of time to plant them, or is there still hope?

Discussions started by happycottontail

Overwintering begonia tubers

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What do they like to put their feet in? 
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Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

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Digging up and replanting bulbs elsewhere - yes, or no?

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