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Wallflowers didn't flower

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 10:42

I grew a large number of wallflowers from seed last autumn and planted them out in the late autumn. The plants came through the winter fine but have never flowered. They were supposed to flower with my tulips but I just have leaves, no flowers. Any advice welcome!

Advice on planting native hedgerow please

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 16:54

Thanks - will post a photo next summer!

Advice on planting native hedgerow please

Posted: 24/11/2012 at 14:11

Managed to plant 70 hedgerow plants and wild roses! We're due another lot of torrential rain tomorrow so I am very happy to get them all in on a fine day.

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Advice on planting native hedgerow please

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 20:31

Thanks Joe. Hoping for some dry weather next week - it's been very wet and dreich here.

Advice on planting native hedgerow please

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 19:08

Thank you very much for the replies.

It's the native hedgerow mix from Hopes Grove Nurseries which includes 70% quickthorn, with the balance from: blackthorn, common alder, green beech, common dogwood, english oak, field maple, guelder rose, hazel, hornbeam, wild privet, dog rose, scotch rose, sea buckthorn, spindle, wayfaring tree and wild crabapple.

Yes, it's the land on the left (the primary school is on the right). The main area of land is approx 20metres x 12 metres x 12 metres and has been planted with bulbs: snowdrops, dwarf narcissi, snakeshead fritillaries, wood anemones and sown with a woodland meadow mix from Scotia Seeds.

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I've also got other shrubs and wild roses coming for the main part of the garden. Buddleia, cotoneaster, scallicarpa, berberis, viburnum, rosa rugosas and pyracantha.

 

 This picture was taken in June when I was in the process of digging out all the ground elder. The meadow was sown at the end of August and is starting to show - I've just raked 30 sacks of leaves off it.

We're in Bonnybridge, central Scotland so the chances of it being really hot are distinctly slim but I will make sure it stays well watered. 

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Advice on planting native hedgerow please

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 14:03

I'm developing a piece of waste land as a wildlife garden. I am planting a hedgerow on the long thin spit of land which runs behind a low wall by a footpath.

 

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 Next week 70 native hedgerow bare root plants are arriving. I cleared the weeds from the long thin piece of ground where they are to go back in September. The ground was a nightmare; very stony/sandy and uneven. The council delivered a huge amount of compost two months ago and dumped it on the land - it must be at least 18 inches thick.

Can I plant the bare root plants straight into this? It was really impossible to break into the ground below without a pick axe.

The photo was taken back in January before I cleared the land. The compost now comes up almost level with the wall.

 

Creating a Hedgerow

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 14:00

I'm developing a piece of waste land as a wildlife garden. I am planting a hedgerow on the long thin spit of land which runs behind a low wall by a footpath.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/15763.jpg?width=270&height=350&mode=max


The photo was taken back in January before I cleared the land. The compost now comes up almost level with the wall.

Next week 70 native hedgerow bare root plants are arriving. I cleared the weeds from the long thin piece of ground where they are to go back in September. The ground was a nightmare; very stony/sandy and uneven. The council delivered a huge amount of compost two months ago and dumped it on the land - it must be at least 18 inches thick.

Can I plant the bare root plants straight into this? It was really impossible to break into the ground below without a pick axe.

Talkback: How to lift and store dahlias

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 17:35

Thanks Christopher2! I do love dahlias. I grew up in Nottingham and the Arboretum garden had an amazing long border of dahlias, all named and it looked like a huge rainbow. My main problem this year has been the endless rain. Although the dahlias have flowered, now I've lifted the tubers I've discovered quite a lot of rot. I've divided them as best I can and am drying them out before packing. I may just have to invest in more for next year.

Talkback: How to lift and store dahlias

Posted: 14/10/2012 at 16:12

I have had some disasters with dahlias over the years. When we lived in Reading, Berks, I dug up the tubers and stored them in the loft. It was too dry and I lost the lot. We moved to central Scotland. I lifted the dahlias and stored them in the shed. Temperatures fell to -17 degrees that winter, again I lost the lot. Next year, stored them in the shed carefully insulated I thought, again very low temperatures caused me to lose them all. Last year I lifted them, dried them, packed each tuber in a plastic bag with holes in and put them in crates under the stairs. Al most all survived! I started them in pots in the greenhouse (remember that fine weather in March?) We went away for a week. There was snow. I got back to find the tops blackened but luckily got away with it and have had a fine display. I've just lifted them and am drying off. Will store under the stairs again as it is neither too hot nor too cold there. Fingers crossed.

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