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Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 23:35

Like it Berghill.....like it a lot.  Perfect setting for snowdrops.  

Any basic tips?  Feeding regime? Regular division?  

Grasses

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 19:34

Hiya nut.  Arundinacea is one I don't like.  It has nice orangey foliage I guess but, for me. It has no other quality.  Spreads too much and looks messy 

I have new shoots on miscanthus but when I cut down I ensure these are safe.  

Oh, I'll be watching out for seedlings of hordeum jubatum to pot up.  This is a beautiful grass with a kaleidoscope of subtle foliage colours in summer.  

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 19:24

Agree gardengirl, Christine Walkden is a very knowledgeable gardener.  She had a show on tv a few years ago.  Toby Buckland too is excellent.  

There were some good gardening progs on channel 4 or 5 couple of years back where gardens were reclaimed etc.  can't remember who the gardeners were or the title of the progs.  Can't even remember who I am or what I'm doing here...

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 19:12

If you scratch the soil surface snowdrops' foliage may be seen.....DON'T DO THIS THOUGH.  Some of mine are through and flowering and others just trying to peep through.  They will come in their own time.

Philippa, the garden centres will have them now or soon in flower or about to flower.  Perfect for planting out now.  Best, economically, is to buy them "in the green" in 50's or 100's from online suppliers just after flowering.  

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 19:05

Lily.....but I can't eat ALL those......today 

Nice story Dove.  

Grasses

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 19:01

Always best to wait until spring before cutting any grasses back.  However I cut some in autumn...deschampsias, for example.  I still have miscamthus looking good but will  cut in next couple of weeks.   Calamagrostis Karl Foerster and Overdam not long cut back.  

I would NEVER burn grasses.  Ever.

Hackonechloa I recently hand brushed to leave clean bases.  Carex of all types are tough so cut any time.   Stipas I cut down in very early spring but with gigantea I am aware of new shoots that will make my flowering stems in the summer. Elymus magellanicus should be cut back in spring but I do this in autumn.  I prefer cutting back to combing out because a nice clean base is left.  Imperata is cut back during winter for me but best in spring.  Pennisetums left till spring too.  Panicums ditto.  Festucas in their second year I always dig up and divide in late winter.  

 

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 18:34

Nice having good friends like that dove.  

Rock Garden

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 10:58

I have a couple of old kitchen sinks that now look like old stone troughs......cement mix plus peat.   Plus others moulded from this mix and old washing machine drums covered with it.  They look pretty good Ithink for little cost

Currently they are used for pelargoniums and the like but I intend to seek out some little gems to plant up instead.  I can see another addiction developing.  

Lawn revival got me thinking

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 10:45

Lovely Higgy but couldn't do,without my lawn.  The smell when mown, the emerald carpet that sets off everything, the soft blanket to sit or lie on, the place for my dog to sunbathe and survey the world and the sheer pleasure of owning a lawn.

I agree with LeadFarmer except I would sow seed.

Cheap dahlia tubers

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 08:41

I always pot up in dry compost initially.  Ok, it's mild here but tubers in dry compost will   be warmer  than kept in their packets.  

Chicky, not sure it's essential to wash off your tubers.  As long as they are dry a bit of dirt won't hurt.    If you ordered now they will  prob arrive next month....maybe later.  

I think the earlier dahlias are started off the bigger they will become this season

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