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How to deal with Aneone nemerosa tubers

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 05:54

Thanx for the help - thought it might be something like that.  Bit disappointed I won't have a good show this spring tho!

How to deal with Aneone nemerosa tubers

Posted: 02/11/2017 at 14:20

I bought 3 types of anemone nemerosa this year and fully expected them to be bulbs.  Instead they're like root cuttings about 2" long.

What do I do with them?  I was expecting just to put them in the ground but that seems a bit haphazard for what appears quite vulnerable.

New Wildflower Bed

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 20:14

And you

New Wildflower Bed

Posted: 30/10/2017 at 20:05

Me too - it's not often I can help, I'm usually the one doing the asking

Post some pics next year!

New Wildflower Bed

Posted: 29/10/2017 at 17:49

You can sow them now but make sure there's plenty of loose soil with no grass roots where you sow - maybe clear a few patches a few inches wide in organic curves and you can widen them each year.

If you mix annual wildflowers with perennial ones they'll provide support and keep the grass at bay in the first year to give the perennials time to mature

Attracting pond life

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 10:06

Have you got a slope or stones to allow creatures to either climb out or to come to drink?

Does the water smell rancid?  If so you need some oxygenating plants in there

New Wildflower Bed

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 10:03

I'm no expert but I garden on clay and seeded a wildflower meadow 6 or 7 years ago.

If it's a new build I'm guessing the ground is pretty compacted which adds to the problem. Clay needs to be broken up to loosen the texture and get air into it so roots (especially seedlings) can move through it and to help with drainage.  So lots of sharp sand and grit but no rich compost as wild flowers don't need it (and some of them will go mad and take over).

 If you aerate the grass thoroughly using a proper machine it will take out plugs of g rass, then put sand and grit on about an inch deep and brush it in well. 

Yellow rattle fees on grass roots so if you can sow some before the 1st frost that will grow next spring (spring sowings don't work apparently).

Then early next spring get lots of plug plants, grow them on a bit then plant them out, digging out an entire bit of turf and back filling with the poorest soil you can find. 

Don't forget to get some different grasses as well as flowers and also a selection of flowers that covers the whole season.  You'll be able to get plugs of yellow rattle in spring too.

Good luck - it's so rewarding when you see all the insects and well worth the effort

Is it too late to plant colchiums?

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 09:48

Oh that's great - thanx very much!

Cold Frames

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 09:47

Agree with you Lyn - I was quite shocked when that was shown on GW.  Perspex is so light and brittle, even if it doesn't blow away it won't survive being stored.

Much better to use the perspex as a lid for a wooden box which has better insulation and more sturdy.  If it's hinged it can be stored to save space but I use mine all year round as a holding pen for young plants to give them a bit of protection.

Is it too late to plant colchiums?

Posted: 28/10/2017 at 09:42

I was late ordering all my spring bulbs and they took a month to arrive and I rashly included some colchiums in the order.

I know it's too late for them flowering this year but should I plant them anyway or have I wasted my money?!

Will they work in pots for the first season?

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