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Posted: 17/05/2013 at 16:32

It's normal.  The new spring growth is red and eventually turns green as the season progesses.

bulbs, daffs, tulips, hyacinths, alliums

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 10:00

Tulips will flower year after year if planted deep enough - 9" - and in soil that isn't waterlogged in winter.   Mine out in teh big borders tend to get eaten by rodents in winter but I've had great success with the smaller botanical tulips in other, well drained beds.

Daffodils go on for years, especially if planted deep but may need to be lifted and separated every few years if they get crowded and stop flowering.  I've had some in for 12 years now and still flowering strongly each year.  paperwhites, grown for indoor displays, are not usually hardy enough to be grown outside.

Hyacinths also repeat flower although forced ones wn't do so well the first year aftre being put in the garden.

Alliums go on for years too.

I don't feed bulbs specifically but I do scatter a general feed on my borders in spring and I do dead head except snowdrops and crocuses and scillas and grape hyacinths and other tiny stuff.


Posted: 15/05/2013 at 16:27

Little Ann - I doubt it.  No commercial iterest fo rth epeople who produce the offending chemicals and too little interest - so far - for local and national governments to fund such research.   Maybe something for a school or university project...........


Posted: 15/05/2013 at 14:06

There may be no arable farming but many gardeners still use chemicals which contain nicotinoids and other nasties.

Studies at Newcastle university have shown that bees exposed to caffeine which is present in some citrus plants as well as the obvious coffee trees have a better memory for remembering their way to flowers.   There's a bit about it in the latest RHS magazine.


Posted: 15/05/2013 at 13:18

I looked into setting up a hive a few years ago but just to buy al the equipment was going to cost a small fortune so, instead, I garden without chemicals, I've made an insect hotel and I grow plants for pollen and nectar and get lots of bees andother insects in the garden.  Last year I spotted 4 different types of bee, including a wild honey bee, on one sedum spectabile flower head.


Silver birch replacement

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 12:53

I fear strong winds will strip any cherry blossom in minutes, if not seconds.

According to the RHS plant selector the best trees for an exposed coastal site facing south or west are all pinus or some other conifer or an alder.  Not inspiring.  

I suggest you have a look at what is growing well in your neighbours' gardens and also check out Tamarisk which turns pink and is often recommended as being able to cope with coastal winds.


Make do and mend

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 10:19

I use ex plastic greenhouses as shelves to store all my pots in my work area.   I sue the ex door flap of a bigger one to protect the back of OH's new car when I go on plant raids.

We recycled empty wine bottles to make a wall to sit on and retain earth at the back of our terrace.  That always gets interested comments when people come.   We've used old pallets and offcuts from floorboards to make 3 big compost heaps with removable fronts.

I've painted old galvanised laundry tubs found in flea markets.  One is black and gold and holds ice and beers when we have a party.  Another is red and gold with stencilled gold snowflakes and Xmas trees to hold the Xmas tree and another is waiting to be painted up and be used as a pot holder.

Old clothes get recycled as gardening clobber till they really haven't got the will to hold together any more.

How do I trim my Carex Frosted Curls?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 20:49

Be patient. Let the plants mature and the old leaves die a bit more and they'll be easier to comb.

Native/traditional British plants for office plants?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 17:07

As we have said, British and northern European plants have evolved to cope with fresh air, plenty of rain in the main and gentle sun.  Mediterranean plants in general have evolved to cope with poor soil, bright sunlight and occasional downpours and strong winds.

House and office plants come from warmer climes that do not have frosts, are generally used to dappled or full shade provided by taller, stronger specimens, and can cope with the atmosphere in an office.  If you want something out of the ordnary, you'll have to pay for it from the wide range of suitable, foreign origin plants available but please, don't subject healthy, outdoor loving native plants to the stress and trauma of life in an artificially lit, dry, dusty office full of static and invisible chemicals oozed by office furniture, carpets and equipment. 

How do I trim my Carex Frosted Curls?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 16:29

Normally carex don't get trimmed but you can comb them either with your hands - wearing gloves - or using a rake head.  This will pull out all the old stems leaving pride of place to the fresh new stems.    Any brown bits at the end of new stems are due to frost or cold winds after growth started and are no surprise given the weather we've had.   You can give it a gentle all over trim at the ends but not too far or you'll end up with funny looking blunt ends.  It should end up looking like a tatty beatnik mop head crossed with Doogle from the Magic Roundabout.

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