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Box Balls growing in solid clay?

Posted: 05/05/2013 at 15:48

I bought quite a few Box Ball plants from Tescos last week. They are healthy looing plants but I decided to pot a few of them on into bigger pots. Which is when I noticed they are growing in what appears to be solid clay!!

Heres the healthy looking plant...


And when removed from pot...


And with outer layer of compost removed...

  None of the roots had grown into the outer compost, perhaps they were only recently planted into pots? But I was suprised to find they were growing well in what looks and feels like heavy clay. Any thoughts?

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 18:29

I'll add gigantea to my shopping list, thanks.


Posted: 04/05/2013 at 16:15

On a recent GW Monty cut off a side shoot at soil level and replanred it in a small pot to get another plant.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 16:08
Verdun wrote (see)

My stipa gigantea is full of floweriing stems.  Gigantea has a physical weakness at the first knuckle on the floweriing stems so each year I support with thin canes then they will flower upright til the autumn.  The golden oat grass is lovely plant. If you don't grow this then do.

Planted some perennials and hardening off my tender plants

Just googled golden oat grass and it does look nice. I wonder if it would be suitable behind a pond Im planning to dig?

 I deceided to move some of the box ball plants I bought from Tescos to the front of the house. I have a small quadrant planting area by my block paved drive which was looking bare...



Too late to plant Tulip/Daff bulbs?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 13:20

Thought I'd post an update on how my late planted bulbs are doing. Heres a photo of some of the bulbs planted last autumn, together with some planted in January 2013. Some of the later planted bulbs are just in flower whilst some are further behind. Definately pleased I planted them now (click on photos to enlarge)...







What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 13:09

What did we all do in our gardens today....?

I arranged some pots on my patio - box balls, Purissima tulips, Birma daffs & Barret Browning daffs (click on photos to enlarge)...



and placed two barrel planters with Albert Heiin tulips by the front door...



 I bought 8 of the box ball plants from Tesco yesterday seeing as they have them on offer - 2 x plants for £20.


What does Monty think?

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 23:35

Wheres the best place to get large clumps of barley straw? Surely there must be loads of it growing in farmers fields if I asked them nicely?

Dahlia - white substance on shoots?

Posted: 30/04/2013 at 20:06

Think i may have found a cure. 2 x tsp baking soda in pint of water, sprayed onto plant, white powder disappeared instantly. Hope it doesnt return.

Dahlia - white substance on shoots?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 10:00

Heres a couple more photos if it helps (click on them to make them bigger)...



Dahlia - white substance on shoots?

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 00:17

I couldnt find anything alive. The white stuff is as fine as talc powder or dust. I'll get some better photos tomorrow.

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