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Spring Bulbs in Pots/Tubs

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 08:34

The leaves should come out quite easily when they're brown/yellow.

I leave my spring daffs etc in the pots and stack them somewhere out of sight if I can. What spring bulbs are you talking about? Tulips in general won't do well a 2nd year in pots they say and they're better planted deep into the ground or discarded.

I have a new man in my life

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 16:59

I grew it from seed and love it. I love it's habit and yes there are the odd self seeders but normally they appear in pots that might be in flinging distance of it but not in the ground around it, no bare soil I think is the reason. It blooms for ages and this year I've cut it back as the flowers have started to go over before it makes seed, not difficult to do when you only have one of them. I'd say hold onto it and give your friends the self seeders as little presents. unintended trial

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:29

I lift and store some but leave others in the ground. The ones I store, I dry out well and wrap in newspaper. I check them regularly during the winter months.

This year I started off my stored ones and some new tubers I bought, early spring under cover. All are outside now mostly in pots and some have buds despite being pinched out. The ones I left in the ground in the allotment has just started to peek up so they've survived the winter. I don't mind them being later as they'll be nice and bright when autumn comes and I'm digging up my harvest.

Help please

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:21

What about the perennial wallflower Bowles Mauve. I've grew it for years and have recently added it back into my garden. It will bloom even in winter if we don't get another awful one and the purple flowers stand out really well against the silver green blue leaves.


Posted: 07/06/2013 at 08:06

I water when I can, if I have the choice I'll do it in the morning for the above reasons. One thing to be mindful of is that if you're feeding plants a liquid feed be really careful not to get it on the leaves. I have several stained leaves because I did'nt follow my own advice. I will from now on.

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 08:03

It will be interesting to see how big a difference your ladybirds make Sara 4 do keep us informed. Thanks.

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 07:18

This has been the worst year in my garden for greenfly as well. I go around daily squishing and have found them on plants that never had them before. Last year I decided to try not to use sprays at all but this year I've had to resort to bug gun. I did spray in the evening and nowhere near open flowers. I've seen only 2 ladybirds this whole spring and my garden is visited by blue tits but they concentrate mostly on the clematis.

Sweet peas or clematis in pots

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 07:12

They won't stay looking good for long Louise, I'd move them as soon as you can. Just be as gentle as you can, you may not be able to separate the roots too much at this stage but they will do better out of those small pots. You could put them into a big container if you have one, I grow some in a large pot up a wigwam every year and they do well. I feed them a couple of times a week and add bfb or growmore to the mp compost I grow them in.

The best ones for me grow in the ground so if you have that option I'd got of it, perhaps do 1 load of plants in the ground and the other in a big container. Good luck, they're wonderful plants producing smashing highly scented blooms depending on the type, I've been growing them for many years.

Gardening Scotland on Beechgrove

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 07:07

I enjoyed the coverage from Beechgrove too, shame the programme was'nt longer.

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 07:05

I'm waiting on my Hayloft plants to arrive as well. I recently got the Salvia collection from them and they were all good sized plants. They're potted on now into 9inch pots. I hope my White Swan are as strong and healthy when they arrive.

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