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Anemone de Caen

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 22:32

roxy2 hi!  I bought a cheap box of Anemone de Caen from a supermarket and sowed some indoors and outdoors in February and March.   I'm central Scotland, beginner gardener, soil 6-7pH and temperatures have ranged from -1 to 10 degrees last two months.  Know nothing about Anemone de Caen but here is photo of results in different conditions.  Compost in pots was just multi-p.    Friend who had previous year's ones in pots lost some but said was due to continual heavy rain and pots were  soaked.  She also puts pots in sheltered place in very low temps.  I won't know what happens with my outdoors ones until next year.  Also as beginner, have no idea if my seedlings ought to be as floppy as they seem to be or if they ought to be standing upright better.  Not sure if this helps with anything.

Gold1locks, you have generously responded to some of my problem queries on other subject threads and all responses really encourage beginners like myself  to participate in forum discussions, even when we feel we lack the level of knowledge or experience to express ourselves adequately or 'fit in' with any particular level of 'gardening language'.  For those of us who have no nearby gardening buddies or mentors,  the ambience and absence particularly of critical hierarchy on this forum is a real boost to flagging would-be gardeners who really benefit from the generosity of others willing to share their experiences and give a few minutes of their time to encourage others.  So thank you.


Posted: 26/04/2012 at 00:36

Have this Gypsophila in a pot from last year.  A whim purchase as had nothing 'white' in the garden and moved it around in its pot to brighten up anything dark.  Unfortunately it was overpowering and didn't seem to fit or look natural anywhere - but on it's own it was 'pretty' as opposed to anything else. 

Has stood outside since last summer - very nice stems - but unsure if it's an annual or not.  Is there any way I can tell?  I was told it depends on which one it is but I can't remember.  At the moment it doesn't seem to have any inclination to show signs of life!  If it is truly 'over' I might just put it between plants in a shady corner just for the interest of the stems.  Can anyone advise me if it's likely to kick into life again?

 I like the way the stems look, colour, shape etc so don't want to bin it.

Beasties etc found in lawns

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 14:04

Have tried to put photos together as small as possible to let you see the little lawn.  I think the error I made was in beginners enthusiasm and not knowing how to best prepare the soil before sowing.  I had thought it seemed a job well done when the grass came up the first year - but I ought to have checked out the make-up of the soil and done more prep I think!  Don't know if this photo will fit in but will try.  May end up too small to see clearly.

A few of our bulbs.

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 13:58

Muscari latifolium is stunning and Ornithogalum montanum is a beauty.  Lovely to see these photos.

plant support for crocosmia lucifer

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 13:54

Gold1locks - good video.  Thanks for directing me there.  I was amazed the separated corms produced healthy shoots so early so will look forward to the summer and see what happens.

plant support for crocosmia lucifer

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 09:24

Hello Wintersong.   Thanks for this response..  It's really encouraging to learn from the experiences of others who share their advice, knowledge, ideas and enthusiasm here so generously.   

plant support for crocosmia lucifer

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 22:58

This isn't maybe the right thread to bring this up but can anyone tell me how long it might take for divided crocosmia sections to grow to flowering stage?  I took over this garden 3 years ago and had never gardened.  I don't know what type the crocosmia is but it was planted many many years ago before the lovely tree in next door's garden grew to a fair size - so the crocosmia is now in dappled shade.  2010 it had only three stems with flowers which died before opening.  Picture taken at the time show it covered in bugs of some kind.   As a beginner, I held off trying to divide until this February.  Planted 5 sections which have come up in sunny spot and now range from 3" to 7" shoots..  I'm wondering if it will be years and years before they gain maturity to flower and if I ought to feed them with anything specific in the meantime.

Beasties etc found in lawns

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 22:44

Thanks for response Koalagirl and Alina W.  Blast!  Not the dreaded leatherjackets.  I'd hoped maybe some harmless moth or anything other than leatherjackets.  Koalagirl - there's a nest of Starlings near and the parents come to the birdtable most days just now and guzzle everything.  I bought yet more lawn seed to give the lawn a third year try - but have to admit that after having to dig up the original badly neglected lawn (the one spade and much sweat technique!) and two year's effort re-sowing - I'd rather sit with a cuppa and will the starlings to just do their thing - if they will.  It's a very small lawn - shame on me for giving up so easily.   I'll give it some thought. 

Beasties etc found in lawns

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 22:11

Dug up these in badly compacted lawn today.  Anyone know what they are and if they indicate a problem or not?   Small lawn has been sown two years in a row, April 2010 and April/May 2011.  Whenever it gets to Spring more than half the lawn disappears and I'm left with just hard compacted soil patches.  Each time it's sown it looks lush by July/August.  Then it disappears over winter.  It's currently a mess yet again.


Posted: 23/04/2012 at 15:53

Judith2.  Was glad to see I wasn't the only one with 'stumpy' tulip flowers this year. The little ones in this pot with the stripey leaves are 'Red Riding Hood'.  Neither these potted ones or the ones in the garden have grown stems this year and all are coming up with flower heads at soil level, going to full colour and just staying hunkered down in the leaves.

The 'normal' mixed colour tulips in the garden - about 40 bulbs planted 2 years ago which give a great display have disappeared.  Not a single one has come up.  I don't lift them - which is likely the problem.  Not sure.

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