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Why don't my Fritillaria imperialis lutea flower?

Posted: Yesterday at 12:36

There is a 2 page article all about planting the Fritillaria Imperialis in Amateur Gardening magazine (26 April edition, page 60).

They do point out that they may not grow in the first year. Tells you to plant at 4" deep, with a layer of grit and on their sides to avoid rot caused by water lying in the deep dimple that they tend to have. Unfussy about soil type apparently, just well drained and fertile.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: Yesterday at 12:30

Please keep us all updated cwoodward. I have about a dozen lilies in pots and 1/2 dozen in beds so this is a really useful experiment as far as I am concerned.

Still no lilies here in Lancashire - I haven't done my daily inspection today mind, as it is drizzling here.

Using own compost for baskets

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 15:28

Thanks for your advise Frank.

Yes I have certainly done that with planting large pots previously - my own compost for the bottom half and bought compost in the top.

I also in Spring replace 2" of the top of containers with my own compost and some fertilizer. You are right, some tiny grass seeds do grow but if you are vigilant you can easily pick them out. The thing with baskets is that they are so crowded once they are growing, that any weeds go unnoticed or are crowded out anyway.

I grow my Charlotte spuds in bags with just my own compost and they are fine, hardly needing watering (other than the rain that they get).

It will be interesting to see what happens with the basket of fuchsias. Perhaps I should do an experiment, playing about with different mixtures!

Using own compost for baskets

Posted: 21/04/2014 at 11:49

Has anyone used there own home made compost for planting annuals in pots and baskets?

I have just potted up a trailing fuchsia basket, which I will keep in my greenhouse until it's ready to go out. I used my own home made compost mixed with perlite, some blood fish and bone, some long lasting feeding pellets and some water retaining gel granules. Do you think it will work or do they really need shop bought compost?

I have bought some compost from B&Q but to be honest, my own compost smells sweeter that the B&Q compost, which smells a bit sour. I have about 12 baskets around the house each year and I have only ever used grobag compost but I am anxious to use my own compost as much as possible.

I would value other gardeners experiences on the matter.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 14:28
BobTheGardener wrote (see)

Bill lives in Canada, LL.

Ah, I suppose he won't be around at the moment to see my post then!

Sorry Bill, assumed you were from Blighty. Your bulbs may be late, but you have great skiing over there. I skied in Banff about 10 years running - super place.

Has the lily beetle arrived in Canada yet Bill?

What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 14:23

I have tried various things for blanket weed (the green stuff that invades every pond) and have found the best way to keep it clear is simple - use a garden cane, put it into the centre of the blanket weed and twirl it around. You will get loads of weed out and it is actually quite satisfying. Our pond is sparkling clear and you can see right to the bottom of it.

Leave the weed at the side of the pond for a few days to let wildlife get back to the pond, then put it on the compost heap.

Be careful, I once bought out a hapless newt with my cane and had to delicately place him back in the pond - he got a shock, I think he was hibernating!

Lots of oxygenating plants help keep the green stuff down but blanket weed is unavoidable.



Posted: 20/04/2014 at 14:11

If you don't manage to get rid of them, I find they make good garden food when steeped in rain water, and that keeps them down as well.

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 14:09
otnorot but just call me Bill wrote (see)

My lilies aren't even showing yet but the tulips,crocus and dafs are just starting.


Blimey Bill, where do you live - the Orkneys?

My lilies are up and running, but I have yet to see a lily beetle up here in Lancashire. I had plenty last year so I'm not holding my breath ....


All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 14:06

I chuck mine in the green recycling bin - destined for an awful end I'm afraid.

I DO feel guilty as I do it, and I have to shut the lid pretty damned quick to avoid all the previously chucked slugs getting out.

I doubt they actually get tipped into the waste cart, being so tenacious, so I guess they die a happy death munching away at all my weeds in the bin.

transplanting garlics

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 13:55

djjjuk, I grow my garlic either one to a 8" pot or 2 to a 12" pot. the pots are as deep as they are wide approximately.

Your 3.5" deep pot sounds way too shallow to me, but I have no experience of transplanting garlic so I'm not sure what you can do. Maybe try transplanting half of them to see if they survive?

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Using own compost for baskets

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