happycottontail


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What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:15

Yours look lovely Chicky.  Thanks for the tip about kebab sicks.  Mine grew a lot taller than yours and nose dived over the sides of the pot. I had to tie them up with garden twine, which rather spoiled the effect.

By the way, is it true that white ones are less fragrant than other colours?

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 17:22

Thanks all.  I will follow Monty's advice Edd.

Growing in cracks

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 11:50

Hi LH!  Erigeron karvinskianus grew happily with hardly any soil in the cracks between my old patio paving stones.  Masses of white, pink and mauve daisies all summer, and self seeds abundantly.

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 11:43

I have two plastic pots each with 3 hyacinth bulbs sitting partly above the compost.  I got them from a GC when they were in bud and they filled my kitchen with colour and perfume for a good two weeks, but have since gone over and I have cut off the dead flowers.  I would like to put them in the garden at some stage to flower there next spring, but I'm not sure if you can do that with forced bulbs.  If you can, what do I do with them next?  Leave them inside and continue watering them? Or stand the pots outside till the leaves die down, dry them off and plant in the ground in autumn?

Bringing back the Annual!

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 18:57

Nasturtiums, especially the cream and peach coloured ones.  So versatile and easy to grow too - just poke them in the soil where you need some ground cover, or into a pot where they can trail beautifully, or use climbing varieties to cover a trellis.  Job done!

Talkback: Front gardens

Posted: 19/12/2013 at 13:53

Great idea obelixx!

Tete a tete daffodils in small pots from the garden centre

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 09:25

Thank you Berghill - you've made my day!  

Tete a tete daffodils in small pots from the garden centre

Posted: 15/12/2013 at 21:13

Berghill, when I knocked the bulbs out of their pots, the roots were so intertwined that I decided to plant them into various empty plant pots.  But because I did it this morning, I hadn't seen the latest posts, so I didn't bury the green shoots, and I'm not sure how well they will do.  I didn't expect them to last beyond next spring.

Tete a tete daffodils in small pots from the garden centre

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 22:27

I have been doing the SR bulb lasagne thing in a huge plastic pot where I grew my runners in the summer. I planted two layers of tulips (40 bulbs in all), and then found I still had plenty of room at the top for a 3rd layer, but no more bulbs left to plant.  So off to the GC where I bought 5 very small plastic pots, each containing 3 or 4 well sprouted tete a tete daffodils, with leaves about 3" high and some buds already showing, and all the bulbs sitting well above the compost level.  The roots are nearly 3" long and probably slightly interwoven.  Would I kill them if I split them up before planting in the pot?  I'm afraid that if I plant them in their present clumps, the tulips underneath will not have so much room to spread out evenly over the surface of the pot. What would you do?

Anemone Coronaria

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 21:16

Thanks Ginglygangly - I feel more hopeful now!  As I planted them between 3 and 4 inches deep, I am worried that another layer of either mulch or strulch on top may be too much for them.  They may give up growing before they reach the surface.  But ....... I'm in North Yorks (Harrogate), so we might have a long winter of frozen soil and without a layer of mulch, they may not survive!    Oh dear, decisions, decisions!

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