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Hyacinth bulbs

My Hyacinth Carnegie and Muscari blue grape variety are now falling back but I've noticed small tomatoe type growth on the stems. Are these new seeds/bulbs ? and what should I do with them. Also how far back should I cut out of season stems such as above and tulips for. namloc, Portarlington, Co Laois Posted: 18/06/2015

Just allow bulbs to wither back and to self-sow naturally if they make seeds.

 

underplanting a magnolia

Can I plant daffodils under a mature magnolia? They are not doing well in pots, but I am afraid I might damage roots of magnolia Stellata as they appear close to surface. Thank you shannon, limerick, Co Limerick Posted: 09/06/2015


Magnolia is best left undisturbed, or plant and disturb as little as possible.

 

Daffodils

We have lots & lots of daffodils, all various varieties. This year a large % of the Daffodils failed to flower & left us with leaves only. Why did this happen? gardening, Letterkenny, Co Donegal Posted: 20/04/2015

If this happened one year to the next and not gradually over several years, it is likely that the summer weather last year got too dry for the bulbs to form flowers and they will return to normal next spring.

  Schizostylis blooming in April?
 

Schizostylis blooming in April?

My well established Schizostylis normally blooms late summer/early autumn. However, in the last week it has started to flower - is this normal? MaryIrwin, Cork, Co Cork Posted: 05/04/2015

Schizostylis normally flowers in late summer and autumn but the red form can flower earlier and this plant was probably brought on by the late autumn and mild early winter. It may or may not do it again.

  triplet daffodils
 

triplet daffodils

I have a daffodil with 3 flowers on one stalk. I have never seen the likes. How unusual is it? LiamC, Swords, Co Dublin Posted: 03/04/2015

This is a botanical aberration called fasciation, in which tissues double or treble. It is unusual but not rare and can happen with any flower.

 

Lily bulbs

I've planted some Asiatic and Oriental lilies bulbs in pots and I wonder if I can leave them in the shed until they start growing or is it better to leave them outside? Daniela, Carlow, Co Carlow Posted: 22/02/2015


These lilies are hardy and can be left outside to grow, but watch for snails that might attack the young shoots as they emerge.

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