Latest posts by Swedboy

Crocus flowers not opening

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 23:50
I have some lovely yellow bronze coloured crocuses but for some reason the flowers don't open and after some days the stalk withers and the flower dies. They are in pots. The big purple ones in the border for ones aren't keeling over and seem to do ok and they usually just flop. Any reason for this?

Pruning lavender and rosemary

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 23:45
In Friday's episode of GQT on member of the panel recommended a woman to cut back her splitter lavender really hard to rejuvenate it (she had dug it out so she couldn't). I thought you couldn't do that as these plants don't sprout on old wood. Or did he mean that it would come again from the roots?

Talkback: How to grow garlic

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 00:17
This year's garlic seems to have failed totally. Planted some of the cloves from last year's crop but they seem to have rotted. None has come up. You think that after 4 months they should have made an appearance.

Ill snowdrop?

Posted: 22/01/2013 at 00:40
I thought so too but it never drooped. It just opened up and then died. I thought it might be frost bite but this happened before the cold snapp. Hopefully it will do better next year.

Ill snowdrop?

Posted: 21/01/2013 at 22:46

My first snowdrop of the year was a rather odd one. Instead of a graceful hanging flower it was upright! Is this plant infected by something or is it just due to some damage to the flower during the growing process. It also had some brown marks at the tips of the flower petals like it had been scorched.

Peacock Orchides not flowering

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 19:18

Damn. I thought the only problem with them was the survival in damp conditions. One of mine has prodcued a flower now. They are stunning so I hope that they will flower better next year.

Peacock Orchides not flowering

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 12:47

Bought a bag of these last year for a pound in poundland for me and a friend at work. Both sets came up but only hers flowered. The ones I planted in pots are dead but the ones in the border are doing well and have for the second year come up with long lush leaves. Alas I have yet to see anything that resembles a flower. They are planted alongside a fence and gets driect sunlight for about half the day. Are they just bulking up (being from less of a reputable sournce) or quite  cranky to get to flower?

Gardeners World PDF's

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 22:29

Any reason the September issue isn't available?

Gardeners World PDF's

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 18:00

I have the same issue. I cant download it either. It doesn't recognize my details.

I was too haysty there. It downloaded today but not the current issue but the august one.

Garlic bulblets

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 19:34

Just found one of my lost garlics tonight and saw that it had formed small little cloves in the flower. Can they be planted or will it take too long for them to become a fully grown bulb? They are the size of milk teeth.

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how much can a fritillaria imperialis take?

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Propagators, is it worth it?

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Weed or not a weed

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Plant IDing (or have I totally lost it)

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