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Clumps of crocus with no flowers

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 21:48
Well done Yvie - I think you could be right. My grape hyacinths are just leaves at the moment - absolutely no sign of flower buds - but there will be in a months time

Japanese anenome

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 18:01

I agree with Verdun and Stevie that membrane would almost certainly not work in this instance & that cultivation & zapping are the only way to go.

Do you know how long the plants have been there Foxy? If they are still (relative) babies (say 1 - 3 yrs old) the root systems will be much less developed and much easier to dig out. If, however, they are established plants it will be harder to eradicate them.

I suggest you dig the 2 beds over systematically & thoroughly as soon as you can and try to remove every last bit of the root systems. Then go back and dig them again in 2 weeks time - you will almost certainly have missed some. Assuming the beds are relatively small I, personally, would repeat the process a couple more times at 2 - 3 week intervals - depends how keen you are. By then we will be into early summer so I would take Verdun's advice and perhaps put some annuals in for this year & apply weedkiller if any new anemone growth does pop up.

I suppose you could pack pots of lavender in the beds (if the pots would be hidden by the box hedging) and just lift them out every couple of weeks to check for new anemone growth - but I would probably be more inclined to go with the annuals

I would hope the programme of planned cultivation and systemic weedkiller could eradicate the problem in one season but, if it doesn't, I am afraid there is little point in planting the lavender until you are on top of the problem. 

Clumps of crocus with no flowers

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 13:56

Don't get me started on the squirrels GG...

They dug in all my pots last autumn burying their nuts & foraging for bulbs - forgot to protect them with the mesh for just one night!

Ideas of Nurseries and Garden Centres to Visit on my hols in the South East

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 13:52

Thanks everyone for taking the time to post. They all look good - now I just have to 'accidentally' navigate us past them on our trips out.

You do have a point about stock levels in March Salino. I am trying to plant up a few areas at the moment & have mainly had to rely on mail order as stocks are still low in the local GC's and a lot of the specialist nurseries are not open for another week or two. Hopefully the ones in Sussex & Kent will be getting stuff in over the next few weeks ready for the usual Easter surge 

Clumps of crocus with no flowers

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 13:22

"Things" also like to eat crocus flowers.

Last Sunday I was admiring a lovely patch of purple crocus. On Monday I was admiring a fine pheasant strutting round the garden. Then I noticed my patch of crocus flowers had been reduced to from about 30 to just 3 - then it was 2 - then it was nearly roast pheasant for this Sunday's lunch 

Scarifying: what is it?

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 13:17

Sounds a bit like my 'lawn' Boater . For me lawn maintenance ranks very high in the list of most boring garden jobs - don't mind cutting and edging to keep it all looking nice and tidy but the rest of it ...

Ideas of Nurseries and Garden Centres to Visit on my hols in the South East

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 20:56

Thank you Dove & Katzi - I do like a good Plant Fair & Gt Dixter is on my to do list so maybe I could combine both  

Any more ideas anyone?

Ideas of Nurseries and Garden Centres to Visit on my hols in the South East

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 18:12


We are off to the south coast for a few days soon and I would love to visit some really good, interesting (or otherwise special) nurseries or garden centres while we're there (OH does not know this yet - keep it quiet )

We will be staying near Folkestone and then moving to Rye so if anybody can give me a heads up of places to go within a 20 -30  mile radius of those places, I would be very grateful. I need to buy some more shrubs (nothing exotic) and I love herbaceous perennials. Not into grasses or conifers. If there is a warm tea room where 'somebody' can sit with a newspaper while I browse it's a Brucie Bonus - but not essential.


Scarifying: what is it?

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 14:38

No offence taken Edd  

Regarding the composting: I have to agree that general thatch (ie dead grass) is good for composting - but my previous lawn was very, very mossy when I inherited it (maybe 30 - 40% of the lawn area) - and it was the moss that just didn't seem to rot down as quickly as other material - and there was a lot of it!

After I started using a lawn company to treat (feed & weed etc) the lawn they advised me not to compost any scarified material as they were concerned about residual weedkiller in the moss. I would imagine they were providing the same sort of service as the company visiting Des and, presumably, using the same sort of chemicals - hence the heads-up.

 Regarding scarifying twice a year - I'm sure you are right but not for lazy old me i'm afraid. I regard tending the lawn as a necessary evil & I'm afraid I do as little as possible to keep it looking half decent (I tell you - immaculate lawns - it's a man thing )

what colour pergola

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 14:06

Personally I like black as a background to green foliage - looks quite contemporary and a bit oriental!

Sadolin (Classic?) wood stain (green tin) is available in several colours including ebony. Best bought from a builder's merchant. It is expensive but is an excellent product and was recommended for protecting our timber clad (barn conversion) house. 30 years on the house is still weather tight and no sign of timber rotting. (Being a house it was recoated about every 7 years)

If you were to do 2 coats now (better still make it 3) you would not have to worry about it again for 10 years - probably longer. Any of the cheaper fencing stains sold in the chain DIY stores will probably fade or start to flake after a couple of years & then you will face the dilemma of cutting your plant back to restain - or letting the pergola take it's chance.

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