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Please ell me what to do with my summer bulbs!!!

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 14:07

Ok here goes-

Gladiolus- plant 10+cm/4-5ins deep between March/May. They should flower July-Oct. The corms then should be lifted in Oct & stored dry/frost free until the next Spring. If you live in a very warm part of UK you could possibly risk well mulching them in the Autumn & leaving in situ- but I'm not sure about that.

Ranulculus- plant claw-side downwards 2.5cm/1in deep in well drained sunny site, again march/April. Some however prefer moister soil, part shade, so it depends on variety. Again those in sun apparently need storing dry over winter.

Freesia- grow in sheltered, sunny garden spot. 5cm/2ins deep late April/May. No point in trying to keep- discard once flowers finished.

Lily- a well-drained spot, but enriched compost. Sun best or part shade possible. If pot grown, plant now. March usually the start time for them. Plant deep 6-8ins/15-20cms. Pot grown ones can be overwintered next to a wall/behind a shed & repotted/restarted next Spring. Lily beetles love them so watch out for signs of attack.

Hope that helps, J.

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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 12:42

It's stopped raining here now Pam.

Hope your back ok with all that work.

I'm giving the poor shredder a wee break. I have to be careful as it was me who knackered the last 2. It's seems less robust than the previous, but better overall. However it's creaking & groaning, bit like me really , so am brewing a fruit tea before I start again. 2 big bags full for compost bins already. J.

Cutting Back Penstemons

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 12:37

Give yourself 2 chances- use the prunings from their cut back this spring for 1 lot of cutting material, then take fresh cuttings again in late summer.

Those taken in the late summer will need overwintering, but a coldframe/unheated porch/greenhouse will be fine. Pop a fleece 'blanket' over them if really cold winter. J.

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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 12:03

Well done Bjay. Fancy a quick trip up M5/6 to do some lawn re-edging for me?

I would put couch grass into council recycling bin. Not fancy my chances of it rotting down fully in my bins as 'cold composting', unlike the councils huge, 'hot' set up.

Am having cottage cheese on toasted panini with ypughurt & fruit for afters. No more coffee til much later- perhaps that's why was sooo ratty! j.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 11:44

-4.5C this morning.

Sun initially, but now just started to spit with rain.

Have abandoned plans to sow seeds in greenhouse, just too cold, so am shredding loads of obsolete paperwork which will ultimately end up as compost, so a sort of gardening. J.

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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 11:40

It's just spitting with rain here now. Was dumping stuff into wheely bin recycling when realised, so washing now tumbling. I just couldnt be bothered with draping it around various airers. Also someone has a fire nearby. T'isnt the local pyromaniac- he's been very good since I lost it, after 25yrs of hassle, & shopped him to Environmental health!

Anyway, wont be sowing today, but the bag of shredding will ultimately end up in various compost bins/wormery, so it's a sort of gardening.

Yes M&S egg custards, almost as good as Glovers'- Chorley market. J.

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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 10:55

Am actually calming down now. Just consumed an egg custard, my 'treat' for today.

The sun is going, so may actually leave the seed sowing after all, as still cold out there & am well into the swing of shredding old OOD paperwork. It's creating a lot of spare folders/files so no need to buy more, let alone the space at the bottom of my wardrobe. Once daughter fully 'gone' will need to move stuff, & sort as do it, from spare room into what was her wardrobe & the paperwork from my/OH's into the spare. Very theraputic actually.... Byee. J.

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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 10:18

Not only have I had the agro of the b boiler- e-mail gone btw, - but now some s*d at bank didnt transfer some funds to the correct account so that 2 cheques written would be honoured!!! That advisor who's just phoned up to tell me that fact has just received - well you can imagine the tone of my reply...... Since same advisor sent out paperwork to me using incorrect postage which involved a visit to sorting office & payment !! you can imagine just how ballistic am feeling at the mo.

Rant over, am going to continue with sorting/shredding some paperwork until it warms up just a wee bit & the sun reaches the greenhouse when I shall go to do seeds & hopefully calm down! J.

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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 08:32

Morning all. Gary- I saw the moon last evening, agree wonderful sight.

Am up, courtesy of boiler, & having to take the tablet. Mail going off shortly to heating company- OH was supposed to be sorting, but he's been busy at if you want anything doing round here, do it yourself!

Painkillers taken with food. I will get into seed sowing later, but brass monkeys out there still. So have done a pile of shredding, a washload, well not me personally, & am on my 2cnd coffee.

BTW am one of the women who have had a double/triple whammy re their state pension date, so dont get me started..... J.

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Posted: 13/03/2013 at 19:54

Ooh cooking prog on, byee. J.

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