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Guaranteed to flower June

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 00:03
aym280 says:

Asclepias is nice, so is california poppy, they will go well together. Achillea summer berries are beautiful. 

Alstroemeria is good and perennial as well

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 Thats the type of list I was looking for :) Many Thanks Exciting times ahead!

Guaranteed to flower June

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 20:30

Yes Alliums, Sweet pea and Glads. I think successive planting of seeds so they are in bloom at the right time.

I have some Alliums and Glads in the ground already from last year, so hope they flower ok.

Aym280 my  lilies are doing great however I dont think the babys will flower this coming year. Maybe the one after. When they do flower I will have buckets of them :)  

Guaranteed to flower June

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 16:48

Ok so sitting here starting to plan my attack on the garden for next year. I always like to ask for advice where I can. I have my big birthday coming up and am holding a party end of June. What flowers can I grow to make a big impact as I want to fill the house with my own grown flowers. How do I guarantee they are in flower for end of June. How best to go about doing that? Located in the North Of France

Scaling Lily Bulbs

Posted: 03/10/2016 at 20:45

So in the spring I scaled 200 lily bulbs and now have well in excess of 3000+ babies(estimate)  which are doing great. Do you think I can scale the same lily's again now? They are quite large. And place the scale bags on the water heater for the winter. Do you think I would get a second crop for the year ?

Winter cover crop

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 20:07

Good evening Figetbones. Yes I guess that is an alternative get some early flowers in already. Will have to work through and figure out some plants to pop in :) thanks for the idea.

Winter cover crop

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 16:54

I am lucky enough to be living in France, the local produce in the stores are of such high quality it would be pointless trying to compete. If I was to live in England still I would definitely have a veggie patch. However the hard thing to find here is high quality flowers for the house. Its amazing the quantity we use in the house on a weekly basis we need many many more. I see the red squirrels from the kitchen window, the hazelnut tree they like is about 20 M from the house. I must try and keep the camera to hand more, but they are fast little things. :)

Winter cover crop

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 15:34

Well been a busy day for me in the garden today. Finally pegged out the layout for the cutting garden 30 beds 1x10M each. Still have to spray them off from the grass and rotovator them. Do you think its worth putting in a winter cover crop/ green manure over the winter? I hope to plant them up April time next year. Also managed to do another tray of cuttings and picked the last of the pears off the trees. Im leaving the hazelnuts for the family of red squirrels that are here. Saw 3 together today working away at the nuts. :)

Lily bulblets

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 21:17

I went a little mad this spring when I finally managed to buy lots of different lily bulbs which all still flowered even after scaling them to produce all these bulblets. I would like to start a nursery though :) Sheltered in the basement then ?

Lily bulblets

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 20:28

I have scalled 200 lily bulbs and have 2000+ bulblets growing in trays what is best over the winter. Should I get them in nursery beds ready for this winter or should I keep the trays in the basement over winter and plant them out in the spring? Many Thanks

Scaling Lily Bulbs

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 00:00

Well another update as I have now moved the little bulblets into trays. And so thought I would add a few more photos of they and also My new order of Mother plant lily bulbs arrived so Also I have attached a few more images of the whole process for anyone who might be interested.

First an update on the scales from February 21st. It was only actually 7 weeks from beginning to these photos. NOT the stated 10 weeks as I thought above. (Sorry about that) I was surprised at quite how many bulblets would form on each scale. Some formed better than others depending on variety but all 20 bags produced a success at least 85% of scales in each bag had a minimum of 1 fully formed bulblet. There were about 6 different varieties that produced an enormous amount, with sometimes even 7 new bulblets on each scale (as below)




In face for me it was such a success (first time trying this.) That I decided to try again but this time with a lot more scales as I had just received my new batch for the garden. Maybe I wont have the same success rate but we can only try. 

As before I mixed some cheap universal compost, expanded clay pellets, plain charcoal, Cat litter and this time a scoop of flower of sulphur (fungicide) Ignore the orange stuff on the corner that’s just a bit of rust on my wheel barrow Mix it all up and hey presto you have yourself a new potting mix. It worked great last time and is a cheap mix that seems to do the job.





This time I had A LOT more scales I had 3 trays like this with 3 different varieties. To be honest the mother bulbs were not at large crisp or as fresh but the price was right so worth a go. I layered a handful of scales then a layer of my mixture like lasagna in some Carrefour bags (ASDA bags) and will pop them up in the airing cupboard like I did with the little bags. I also put together two smaller inspection bags, so I can hope to see and judge the growth from the larger bags via the smaller see through plastic ones without having to disturb the bulk bags. They are not in a fully sealed bag like the first batch and I did moisten the compost more than I did with the last batch. For Some reason I felt they were a little dry last time and would have put on more growth if I had just kept them a little more moist. So were giving that a try this time Fingers crossed.



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