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Lilys growing already?

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 12:57

I'm in Sheffield and all my asiatic lilies have a few inches of growth.

Tigridia Pavonia

Posted: 20/03/2017 at 12:54
Guernsey Donkey2 says:

Yes that is my dilema too Soulboy - too many daffodil leaves, taking an age to die down, and I also need to plant annuals in the narrow borders in front of the daffs.  I go ahead with the planting and just work my way around the leaves or sometimes I tie them in knots, which look odd but keep them from flopping all over the place.

Pleased that the Tigridia leaves aren't so bulky, so they shouldn't cause any problems.

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 Hi GD, a lot of people on this forum and elsewhere say it's not a good idea to tie up your leaves. As I mentioned, as soon as the 6 week minimum is up mine all get chopped. Good luck with your tigridias, I look forward to some photo's.

Tigridia Pavonia

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 10:29
Guernsey Donkey2 says:

What a beautiful flower - I am looking forward to having the same in a few months time - so thanks for sharing your Tigridia experiences with me soulboy.  I don't really think I will lift the bulbs either - we should be safe here (?) for the winter.  Do they produce big leaves - I ask because as much as I like daffodils the leaves take ages to die down and do take up a lot of space in their area.

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 Hi, sorry about the delay in replying. They don't produce leaves as large as daffodils, nor as many. So I leave them in place until they're just about dead. I then collect the seed heads when they're ready in autumn.

With my daffodils and crocuses I cut down the leaves after about 6 weeks, which is the recommended minimum you should give them. I have to do this as they are all in borders and I need the space for the annuals I seed, such as sunflowers.They've never suffered as a result.

Tigridia Pavonia

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 10:07

Hi GD, I have these gorgeous flowers in my garden here in Sheffield and they have thrived. They are in a west-facing garden and get full sun for most of the afternoon and are shaded by a large oak in the late afternoon/evening.

It's true that they thrive in full sun and that they produce a single flower daily. My plants produce about 4-6 flowers each in succession. They are semi-hardy and the recommendation is to lift them before the first frosts but I have left them in the ground. However, the last few winters have been mild with temperatures not really dropping below -3C.

They are not fussy about soil, mine are in clay which has been enriched with compost. They do require free-draining soil so I added a little grit when planting them.They also produce a lot of seeds and when planted they produce flowers in the first year.

Here's a photo' of one of them.


Posted: 24/02/2017 at 11:03
Guernsey Donkey2 says:

Yes, you certainly to have quite a large job there Obelixx, but I can imagine you are relishing the outcome, the putting together of such a scheme.  Just how high are your summer temperatures, I would imagine around 30, but with S/W winds to keep the air a little cooler. Are you close to the coast?

Having been to the GC today (different one this time), there was a choice of 5 or 6 varieties of Bamboo including black, which we decided would be too tall.,Those within our price bracket were Fargesia Murieliae and Fargesia Simba. Our area is mostly shady, but well drained heavy soil.  We are pondering but not are not at the stage of purchasing just yet.

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 Hi, GD. I bought a small Fargesia 'Rufa' from B&Q in 2012 for about £8. It's very well 'behaved'. It's footprint hasn't increased very much but the canopy is about 1.5m. I have read that they can grow to 3m tall when mature.

However, mine seems to be slow-growing if that's true. In the five years I've had it the spread was quite quick but it hasn't gained a lot of height, as you can see from the photo's below. it has a somewhat arching aspect, which for me is good because it's grown to cover the fence. It reached fence height in the first couple of years.

Apparently, Fargesia species are happy in shady conditions and need protection from afternoon sun and mine is East-facing and shaded on one side by my cherry laurel. So the growth has not been affected by its position.

I really like it, particularly the red of the culms as they grow. The first photo' is when I first planted it, the rest are all last summer.

Dhalia ID, please

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 19:20
clarice673 says:

Looks similar to some of mine soulboy although mine stay Pink..(with the yellow), It's a cactus dahlia but like you, mine came with no name so hope someone comes up with the name for us both but there are hundreds of them....stunning pictures 😀

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 Hi Clarice, than you for the comments about my photo's. I take hundreds of pictures of the flowers, plants and insects in the garden every year. it's great that mobile cameras are such good quality, generally speaking.

Dhalia ID, please

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 19:17

Thanks for the responses. I think I've found the answer. I'm pretty sure it's a cultivar called 'shooting star'.

Dahlias - leaving in!

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 15:36

I'm in Sheffield and I've grown Dahlias for a few years. I've never lifted mine, doing what people suggest and putting lots of compost in a heap on top to protect them. Apparently it's the wet that rots the tubers rather than frost killing them.

We've been fortunate here the last few years in that the winters have been very mild and relatively dry. But last year we had more rain than previous years and one dahlia was affected by rot. But this was in one of the wettest areas of the garden. The others all survived to produce more flowers than ever, and I was even able to save the rotting one because it had some new growth that I replanted.

I obviously caught it in time.

Dhalia ID, please

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 15:29

Hi, haven't posted on here for quite a while. I've missed it and I hope everyone's well and looking forward to Xmas.

I regularly post pictures of my flowers and garden on my Facebook page for others to appreciate and today a friend contacted me saying he wanted to purchase one of the images as a gift for his wife.

 It's one of my beautiful dahlias and I'm hoping that one of the more informed members here will have enough knowledge of dahlias to identify this one for me. I can then pass that info on to my friend.

As you can see from the photo's, when it first comes into flower it has a pink and yellow centre and the mature flower is pure white.

ID for interesting flowering plant, please.

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 11:58
Dovefromabove says:

I think the alcohol in the Pimms is far more likely to have a deleterious effect on our livers than the borage flowers used to prettify it 

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 I was thinking the two together would multiply the deleterious effects. Although Fidgetbones would have to be drinking an awful lot of borage-infused Pimms for there to be a problem.

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