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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Lifting and Replanting

16 February 2011 22:56:29
End to a Spring Day

End to a Spring Day

After spending the morning indoors on office work looking out at the sun and watching the ducks splashing and shooting up and down the pond I decided that it was too nice to spend the afternoon indoors as well. So on with the work gear and out to the garden decided that it was time to lift some more plants from the east bed that is over run with the lysmachia, tried to find the third foxtail lily bulb to no avail, found another aconitum so now have six potted up, lifted tulips,oriental lilies, perennial cornflower, stachys and another plant that I cann't put a name to. Three perennial cornflower, the clump of tulips, some of the oriental lilies and stachys have been planted into the bed beside the steps last year I had dahalia Nuit d'Ete planted there but this year think dahlias will be in pots. There are three more perennial cornflowers to find a spot yet, some of the lilies went into a pot in the tunnel and the unknown plant has found a spot in the bed on the NW side of the house as I removed the perennial wallflower which had died the roots seemed to be in a ball so perhaps that was the problem. Lots of growth on plants so the scene is changing daily and with days like today spring seems to be on it's way. On the seed front discovered that verbascum Snow Maiden has germinated tiny little seedlings just starting to show I wasn't sure if it was going to germinate so thanks Linda B for the seed hope I can look after them to get them to planting out stage, sweetpea are now up in the tunnel the utility room shelving and window sills are covered in trays with seedlings problem will be keeping everything going until it warms up enough to move them to the tunnel pretty cool here tonight again.


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rosburke rosburke 16 February 2011 23:00:23

Another fantastic photo. You got loads done today. Still have not started sowing any seeds, did get around to buying them, but nothing planted yet.


Rachel Rachel 16 February 2011 23:02:36

That's a lot of digging up you are doing. The problem can be finding pots to put them into while you decide on a new home.


Clara Clara 16 February 2011 23:14:32

Great lot done and you will be delighted with all your seed sowing I have not started yet will do some at the weekend as our Grandaughter is coming to stay and she will help.


Clara Clara 16 February 2011 23:15:03

Oh a beautiful photo !


fintan fintan 16 February 2011 23:57:43

hi cloncaw , do you know if verbascum come true to type from seed   ?


fran m fran m 17 February 2011 07:54:32

Geraldine, when I was doing the back garden, most of my plants and shrubs went into strong fertilizer bags that I cut down to size. Some of them were there for months, just some extra soil was added.


J.D. J.D. 17 February 2011 08:17:17

Good idea, Fran.


Lìga Lìga 17 February 2011 09:12:59

Great photo!I think i will do same like you with dahlias,plant them in pots.I forgot mine in ground,no idea is they still alive or not.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 17 February 2011 14:27:09

Good idea Fran on using fertiliser bags cut down as a lot of plants are too big for pots. Think I can see a tiny Squirrel grass seedling peeping this morning so keeping fingers crossed the seeds will germinate.

Fintan never grown verbascum before so cann't give you an answer


Rachel Rachel 17 February 2011 14:39:06

Fintan, I believe that Verbascum comes true from seed. But it is very promiscuous. The best policy to decide on the best Verbascum and only have that in your garden so that it will not cross pollinate with lesser varieties and you can reliably collect seed each year.


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