Woodgreen wonderboy

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Posted: 07/09/2014 at 09:01

Enjoy Wizzers, forkers, I will be there in spirit... somewhere near the Alpine House

I am going to a Plant Heritage plant fair this afty. 


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 08:34

Happy B. Verd.  28 now eh?

Dead Heading Agapanthus

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 21:49

Mine, which are in pots standing on gravel, seed into the gravel and germinate, producing healthy plants. Much easier than collecting the seed myself etc.


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 21:33

Fb2 you must let them die down naturally to ensure they absorb all the goodness in the leaves back into the bulb, to give you a fighting chance of a repeat show the following year. When they are totally browned off, you can tidy them up. Takes about 6 weeks. If you leave one of the stalks showing you have a marker as to where they are.

Alternatively take a photo?


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 14:45

Square tubs stand better than round ones I find.


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 13:28

My bulbs in pots are well down, and side by side supporting each other. In preference I would not buy very tall varieties.


Posted: 05/09/2014 at 08:01

I grow my tulips as annuals. In my experience many do poorly in second and subsequent years. Monty Don said grown this way you only have to plant 2 inches deep. They have enough in the bulb to give you one years show, so arguably you could go for cheaper varieties, as long as you like them. I grow mine in pots. Masses of them crammed in 2 layers e.g. purple and orange. Try it.

Swallows departing?

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 07:54

About 100 swallows and amazons, oops sorry, house martins, were sitting on my roof yesterday basking in the sun. Obviously charging their batteries for the big lift off.

Talkback: How to make a rock garden in a trough

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 07:39

Me again.  I stood my trough on bricks which are just hidden. The trough appears to float, which is a nice ironic garden touch.Improves drainage too.

If you can get to Wisley the alpine area has a number of troughs planted up in different ways. I particularly like the one with vertical slates/roof tiles, with the plants placed between. You might like to line up parallel slate pieces to look like vertical rock strata breaking through the soil.

There are some pictures of my troughs on the Hello Forkers thread, posted by Gardengirl a few weeks ago.

Talkback: How to make a rock garden in a trough

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 07:29

HI, i have recently planted a range of troughs with alpines and followed the process that Berghill describes so well above. Just 2 suggestions. I was advised to use JI no.1 as it has less food in it. Alpines do not need it and you may not want them getting leggy. Second if you place some of your rocks very close together you can squeeze the plant into place and emulate their natural environment. If you look at where they grow above the tree line on mountains they seem to thrive in nothing at all!

Anyway go for it. it is surprisingly easy to do.

More thoughts. Position the trough before you fill it. They weigh a ton and it's there for good. Also the main risk is from winter wet conditions. So you may wish to think how to do this. In the wild they are often kept relatively dry by low rainfall levels and a layer of snow.

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They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
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