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Premature and Floppy Paperwhites!

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 11:47

Thanks Lyn.

Verdict still out on smell - it's not repulsive but I wouldn't describe it as pleasant either...!!

Premature and Floppy Paperwhites!

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 08:56

My mistake made was probably putting them in the utility room then - it's probably too warm and too bright.  I do have some planted in soil kept in the garage that are shooting up more slowly - with any luck they might be OK for Christmas!

Can the bulbs be kept and reused the following year or is it a case of them being too small / poor quality flowers the following year?

Premature and Floppy Paperwhites!

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 11:14

Morning all,

I duly planted some paperwhite daffs around the time when Monty did on Gardeners World so they would be flowering around Xmas ('twas the plan...).

I now have two issues - one is that they are a bit floppy and some are falling over, the other is that they are starting to flower now, before I've even started Xmas shopping...!


Did I start too early?

Did I have them in the 'wrong' place (too much light / not enough?).  They were mostly kept in the utility room which has natural light (similar to a kitchen).

Should I have planted them more deeply - the ones going 'floppy' are gently nestled into gravel with most of the bulb showing.

Advice for next year gratefully received!!


Monty don new series

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 13:11

I enjoyed it and thought Monty elevated the show from the usual 'in and out in a day' makeover type programmes.  

How many similar shows would have just planted the £600 palm tree in the clay and not worried that it would have died back a few weeks after the cameras had gone?  Monty at least put a lot of effort (his own!) into improving drainage etc to give the plant a better chance of survival.

My only criticism was that the 'smallholding' garden didn't seem like it made the most out of the space it had - lots of empty space where bigger or more raised beds could have been.  I appreciate it's a balance and they obviously didn't just want to turn their garden into an allotment but I felt it could have been built to be more productive than it looks like it will be.

Looking forward to next weeks show!

When to Plant Garlic

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 15:26

I've experimented this year planting some in pots following a video I saw on the Thompson Morgan website.  I've chosen a couple of pretty big pots with about 6 bulbs in each, fingers crossed...!

Gardener's World discussed on Points of View

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 11:27

bekkie - the three gardening programmes?  GW and Beechgrove - what show am I missing out on?!?!




Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:38

Don't underestimate the experience and interest that's likely to be housed within the 112 bed care home - as Stephen 7 says above it's possible some of the residents would like to lend a hand (but may need to be asked / persuaded if they think it's not their place to offer?).  

My grandad passed away a couple of years ago now but he maintained a greenhouse and some of the borders in the care home where he lived into his early 90's.  It was also surprisingly 'political' too - disagreements amongst residents on things we may consider not that important so word of caution...if you plan on pulling up anything or similar you may want to canvas opinion first!!

Good luck in the new job - hope it goes well and you pick up some skills that can then translate back to your own garden!



plant pots

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 11:23

For anyone interested I ended up ordering through ScotPlants Direct.  

Arrived yesterday and very happy with packaging and the quality of the pots so can happily recommend (they also have a 10% off deal on at the moment with a code at checkout).

Luckily the delivery coincided with another delivery of over £100 worth of bulbs too

Can you plant tulip bulbs in the Spring?

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 10:25

One thought would be to take photos of the beds throughout the year - I have tried to do that this summer to rearrange a couple of borders when the plants become dormant (some plants that are too tall are at the front with some shorter plants at the back!).  

Appreciate that doesn't answer your question (sure someone else will be along soon!) but might help with the issue!

I'd have thought most spring bulbs will have already started sprouting by the spring whether they are planted or not so it should work OK - I seem to recall there were stands on the market selling off bags of daffs that had started sprouting (they would probably still flower that year if planted).  Bigger risk might be damaging the plants you already have in the ground if you were trying to plant more close by?

plant pots

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 13:33

Thanks all - Oakland Gardens on ebay look good value.

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