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Hi Guys
Not been on for a while as my old computer overheats & reset to 1/1/2010
Odd that all garden centres are shut & pet shops & hardware shops open.
A time for taking stock & making do.
I planted tulips in pots & all are brilliant apart from ones in one pot that have huge leaves & no flowers....bah
Should I leave them for next yr or store in a garage or somewhere out of the soil? I normally do but feel lazy.
On the daffs front I tend to leave them but this year some pots have a ratio of 1/8 2/8 flowering & even 1 clump in grass has decided to only have 1 flower & the other 2 clumps have 10-15. Carltons have been in for years. Odd
On the rose front my Nevada that has about 1000 flowers a yr & 3 harvest has onlr started greening up on 3/4 small branches. A new one from a couple of yrs ago & the main stem is showing nothing. The rose was in our garden when we came back in 1991 and 5 other bushes remain but by comparison they have 5-50 roses a year.
Any suggestions would be welcome . Thanks.
I cover daffs with spent ferns later in the year

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Sorry about computer. I think the very wet and mild winter are talking their toll sadly.

Tulips need cold temperatures for the flower bud to form in the bulb over winter. Personally I'd keep watering and lightly feeding them until the foliage naturally dies down. If they are in normal pots rather than pretty ornamental pots I'd just leave them in there til next autumn. Mine stack behind the greenhouse out of the worst of the summer heat.

If the daffs were bought new then the fault is with the grower/weather conditions back last spring. again it was rather hot and I think this will probably have been the cause ie lack of water when buds were forming. Daffs need to be fed for about 4-6 weeks after flowering [in pots] and for those in the grass a scattering of something like growmore will help. If the clumps are very large then perhaps lifting and splitting the clumps would benefit them. do this just as the foliage dies down.

Not really sure what to suggest about the roses. remove any obviously dead branches and remove any fallen leaves that may have diseases from last year. were they sitting with their roots in very wet soil over the winter?

10 Apr, 2020


In the main new tulips & daffs are great. Old stock is more problemaic . I have old daffs perhaps over 8 yrs old in pots that are left alone but not many flowering. Prob soil has compacted over time.
In the past I have looked at bulbs for rot & put them back. I have a quiet spot at the bottom of the garden, Dry ? Yes. A sunny spot so perhaps too warm. Under a pitisputum then perhaps too dry.
My dog chomps on soil additives ...Manure/bone meal etc
The odd squirrel nicks a bulb or two
On the rose front perhaps a break has compromised the main line. There are 5 main branches but 3 might be past it.
The computer is behaving. I did have it revamped but so far so good.
Thanks everyone

10 Apr, 2020


Posted 2 photos showing the rose bush . I guess the break has invited trouble

12 Apr, 2020


Many of our older established daffodils have performed very poorly this year - put it down to the very dry summer. Maybe the dry weather started before the leaves had chance to feed up the bulbs for the following year. Try spraying the leaves with a liquid feed now while they're still growing.. Once should be enough. Teis worked well for us when it happened once before.. The ones you have in pots might enjoy a change of compost too.

12 Apr, 2020

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