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Advice for narcissi/daffodil bulbs needed

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 19:39

Thank you to everyone for your advice :-) I'll feed the blind ones and hope they flower next year. It's a dry spring though, so they might not be getting enough water.

I thought I'd planted them deeply - but can it be TOO deep perhaps? If so could that be causing the blindness? I'll feed them anyway and hope for the best!

Is blood, fish and bone OK to feed them or must it be just bonemeal?

Advice for narcissi/daffodil bulbs needed

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 12:30

Fellow gardeners, I'm in a muddle about bulbs and need advice.
Firstly, narcissi/daffs:

1. If you buy daffs reduced price which have finished flowering, what depth should you plant them?

2. What about if they are just about to flower and clearly grown shallowly? Dig them up after flowering and replant deeper?

3. We're advised to deadhead after flowering so energy doesn't go into seed production but back into building up the bulb. What about the wild daffodil though? I've been planting these 'in the green' and don't know if I should deadhead them after flowering?

4. I've been planting groups of narcissi in our woodland garden for the last couple of years, in the autumn. Two years ago I planted a lot, and the following spring they came up and flowered well. THIS year....most were blind!!! What have I done wrong and can I get them to flower again, or should I dig up and discard? I used Bulb Starter to feed them when planting. I'm gutted because I was looking forward to a good display this year.

Any advice on these problems welcome! Thanks in advance! :-)

Tulips in a Mixed Border

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 00:27

Thank you! That's very helpful advice, all

Fluffy white stuff on my crab apple and wilted leaves - help!

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 22:03

Last winter my OH pruned the crab apple tree. It was fine till recently and then last week we noticed that the cut areas and along several of the twigs it was covered with white fluffy deposit, rather like cotton wool. The end leaves are wilting too. Is this wooly aphid, fungus or something else? What should I do and will it spread to the eating apple next to it?

Tulips in a Mixed Border

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 21:59

I saw wonderful orange tulips planted in an undulating thread through a mixed border in Kiftsgate garden this spring. It was so stunning I'd like to do this next year, so I plan to plant some tulips in my borders this autumn.


Now, I know that in subsequent years tulips flower badly or not at all.Should I dig them up after flowering and discard them, or will they flower again if I leave them in the ground? Advice is conflicting, whether for open ground or in containers, and I don't want a border full of tulip leaves and not a lot else in subsequent springs!


Pruning dilemmas!

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 20:04

Just a thought: if I prune the Prunus hard now, won't it make some nice new growth which will flower next spring? Whereas if I prune in the dormant season, I'll get growth in the spring but no flowers. Am I missing something?

Pruning dilemmas!

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 20:01

She's lovely, but how I wish I'd grown her against the fence and not through a compact shrub! She's making a tangle of growth which is encroaching on the border, and if I cut her back now I'll lose her flowers. My own silly fault. Should have planted something a bit more demure! Tempted to dig her up in the winter and replant her elsewhere, but I'd probably kill her in the process!


Pruning dilemmas!

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 16:20

Thank you, Tetley! 

Re the Prunus: if I prune this in the autumn, will I lose next spring's flowers?


Re Betty: She, and the lilac, are in the middle of a narrow border so no arbour or seat is possible. Leaving them sounds good and I will certainly prune Betty in April but I do need to reduce the lilac's size considerably. When is the best time to do this without losing the lilac flowers for next year? Or is that already too late?

Pruning dilemmas!

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 12:49

Hi there,


Two of my shrubs are in mixed borders. They're both getting too big and need pruning, BUT.....

One, Prunus Ko-jo no Mai, is beautiful in spring and autumn but not that interesting in summer. It's also outgrowing its space a little and beginning to cast too much shade. If I hard prune it now (can I safely do this? ) will I lose next year's flowers?


The other is a shrubby lilac with smallish fragrant pink flowers and it has a Clematis Betty Corning growing through it. Years ago I thought this was a brilliant idea. I would have the pink scented flowers of the lilac in spring, followed by pale blue scented bells in summer. What I didn't realise was a) how rampant Betty would become and b) how large the 'dwarf' lilac could grow - not huge but outgrowing my narrow bed and I want perennials to take centre stage at the moment.

So....can I hard prune the Shrubby lilac (syringa meyeri 'Palibin') and if so, when, without losing flowers next year?  Also, Betty's rampant nature means she will be too big for growing through a dwarfer shrub. I could cut her back now and lose everything this year, try and dig her out and risk killing her, or live with a tangle this year and try and put in an obelisk next to the lilac! 

Neither are next to a wall or fence, I should add.


What would YOU do?


Any advice, please? Thanks in advance!



Good 'do-ers'

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 00:14

Yes, it could be - though I did try to keep them well watered. They both died off over the winter and I can't even remember where they were! I'm very disappointed.

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