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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Cann't Remember What This Is.

15 February 2011 00:21:01
What Am I?

What Am I?

Back from Craigavon at 3:30 so decided to wrap up really sharp wind planted out the crocus in the NW bed then sowed some of both the Cleome and Penstemon now in the propagator. In the tunnel the Sweetpea are just poking up potted on some larkspur and delphinium seedlings that had been sown last autumn. I recently lifted two bulbs from the East bed that had done nothing last year and potted them up in the tunnel they now have started sprouting leaves not sure what they are any one any ideas.


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TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 15 February 2011 00:45:09

They will be a nice surprise when they decide to flower! I do this all the time and have about half a dozen pots of unidentified bulbs outside the greenhouse!


Jacinta Jacinta 15 February 2011 06:04:58

It's a bit hard to tell just yet. Let them grow a bit more and identification will be easier. Best of luck with the seeds. I sowed Cleome last week too.


fran m fran m 15 February 2011 07:42:50

Healthy............. ;-)


Cloncaw Cloncaw 15 February 2011 11:56:46

Just looked through labelsfrom bulbs last year and think it's either Eucomis "Bicolour" or Eremurus "Stenophyllus" must be one more in the bed still as there were 3 in a pack have a feeling it's Eremurus.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 15 February 2011 12:15:02

Geraldine it's unlikely they're eucomis as the probably wont have survived outside for a winter, but my eremurus are looking just like that, if you scrape away a little soil carefully and you find star fish type roots then its eremurus. hope this helps


Cloncaw Cloncaw 15 February 2011 12:30:30

Thanks Bill they did have roots like that and the ones I planted were yellow so I'm now nearly sure that's what it is must see if I can locate the other bulb as I plan to lift most things out of this bed and spray it as I want to get rid of the Lysmachia that has taken it over. Think I lifted the eucomis and binned them as they had gone mushy.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 15 February 2011 13:42:51

Geraldine those eremurus are best left in a pot as they really like sharp drainage and dont like the irish wet at all, they can be grown in the ground but most of the time in sandy soil in the UK. You can always pop then in the border and bury/hide the pot when (of should I say if) they flower..


Periwinkle Periwinkle 15 February 2011 21:32:17

Cloncaw, it will be interesting to see what they really are! they look healthy anyway!


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