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

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 12:25

Last autumn I planted a dozen Narcissus Spring Dawn near to the front of a border. They didn't start blooming till late March and the leaves didn't completely die down till the end of June.  The flowers were really lovely though and long lasting.  Is it too late now to move them to the back of the border?

Muscari dilemma

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 13:07

  Fairygirl

Muscari dilemma

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:20

Thanks Berghill.  I hope I don't damage the muscari leaves when I plant the pansies - which I still have to buy.

Muscari dilemma

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 10:52

No, Lyn, they haven't flowered.  Do they need some soil around the roots to transplant successfully?  Or, if I give them a haircut (how short?) in situ, and just put compost and pansies on top of them, will they grow new leaves and flower next Spring? 

GW Last week

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 09:44

Hear hear!

 

Muscari dilemma

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 09:42


 

Last March I had two pots like this by my front door.  In early summer I removed the dying pansies, and with them the soil from the top half of the pot, leaving the bulbs in situ to come up again next Spring, with the aim of adding more compost and a new top layer of pansies this autumn.  But I now find that the muscari have already sent out 4" tall green leaves!  So I will probably have to start again from scratch.  Can I successfully transplant the muscari into the garden? Any tips? 

Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:54

Thank you for your kind comments about my pics Beaus Mum.  I'll get some into the gallery when I find the time.

Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 09:12

You may be right punkdoc.  I'm in Harrogate.  Where are you?  Thank you for the advice Verdun.  I shall act on it.  After all I suppose they won't die if I cut them back.   Nothing venture, nothing gain!

Cutting down perennials for a second crop of flowers

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 21:56

I have a lovely clump of Astrantia Roma and when the flowers had gone over in early July I cut off all the flowering stalks, hoping for a second crop.  Now I'm wondering whether I should have cut down all the foliage as well.  What do you think?  


 

The other plants I'm not sure what to do with, are scabiosa caucasica, which have been blooming for several weeks, but look to be producing very few more buds.  How low should I cut them down?

 


 

Pesky pigeons

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 21:44

I could understand it if the birds went for open flowers to get to the insects, but these are quite tiny buds neatly nipped off their stalks and then left completely untouched on the ground or patio

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