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Post by WeirdCat on Sun 14 Mar 2010 - 8:36

I have little purple flowers in the pot that Gary got me last year, I haven't a clue what they are, but they are pretty! I'm just pleased I haven't killed them

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Post by Maria on Sun 14 Mar 2010 - 9:05

crocus? viola? lets have a pic, and well done to Gary.

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Post by kimb on Sun 14 Mar 2010 - 10:23

when do hyacinths come up ? are they perfumed ruth ? could be any of the above .

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Post by Lorraine on Sun 14 Mar 2010 - 11:30

My money's on crocus.

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Post by thriftycrafter on Sun 14 Mar 2010 - 15:30

chionodoxa sp? can be purplish

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Post by Maria on Sun 14 Mar 2010 - 16:01

even some bluebells. Bit early for hyacinths.

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Post by Guest on Sun 14 Mar 2010 - 19:19

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Post by WeirdCat on Tue 16 Mar 2010 - 19:58

I think probably crocuses as have seen huge patches of them round and about in varying colours and my first though was 'Ooo crocuses' then' think those are what's in my pot'! I'll upload a picture at some point

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Post by karinlouise on Tue 16 Mar 2010 - 20:39

I've got crocus coming up too, purple and yellow. Also got the sprouting leaves for the bluebells coming up at the side of the hedge.

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Post by WeirdCat on Wed 21 Apr 2010 - 9:52

Well the daffs have been and nearly gone in that they are looking very sorry for themselves, what do I do with them now, I want them to come up next year but if I leave them in the pot there's not a lot of room to plant anything else although I could probably dig holes between the bulbs. The garden ones obviously stay put all year and do their own thing and another question how do you get bulbs in the first place, other flowers have seeds and I get how they can be spread or harvested but bulbs seem a more awkward thing to reproduce

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Post by Guest on Wed 21 Apr 2010 - 10:13

Wait until they die down a bit and leaves go a bit brown, then take them out of the tub and leave them lying somewhere dry until the brown leaves go all crinkly and dried. Then pull off those dead dry leaves and store the bulbs in somewhere not too hot/cold and no wet at all, then you can plant them in the autumn. They do spread if they are in the ground, but not much in a pot. Bulbs take years and years to grow from seed!!! They multiply by little bulbils at the side of the main bulb, which is how they multiply in open ground and do this to a small extent in pots. Lesson over!!! xx

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Post by Guest on Wed 21 Apr 2010 - 11:11

I'd bet on crocus as well. Hyacinths are blooming in our garden now.

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Post by Guest on Wed 21 Apr 2010 - 12:52

Well I wanted to ask you all about my daffs, remember the luck I had last year, those badly neglected bulbs came up in the bin bag and were amazing...well after thery had finished flowering and were replanted, well this time they came up with the super leaves...no flowers, not one.. even thought they were planted in seperate tubs...not a flower in sight....

I believe it is called 'coming up blind' what should i do now??????

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Post by Maria on Wed 21 Apr 2010 - 13:44

this is caused by not leaving the green on long enough.

You have to let bulb leaves die down naturally(which is messy looking) as this is what puts the 'food' back into the bulb, the food absorbed by the leaves literally passed back down into the bulb and that makes next years flower. if you cut off/tied up or did anything else to the leaves last year before 6 weeks after flowering (thats how long it takes) then you risk blindness the next year.

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Post by Guest on Wed 21 Apr 2010 - 14:43

That's blindness for the bulbs Suzy, not you!!!!

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Post by Guest on Wed 21 Apr 2010 - 16:18

What about cutting off the dead flowers? I was planning on leaving them on mine so it all goes back to the bulb. After all no one goes around dead heading the wild ones.

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Post by Maria on Wed 21 Apr 2010 - 18:58

yes you can cut off the dead flowers otherwise the plant will waste its energy making seed. I dont actually bother to do this and it makes no difference but it would speed the process along a bit.

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Post by kimb on Wed 21 Apr 2010 - 19:26

well this all explains why my daffs have never been succesful then ,i am so impatient i cut the leaves off as soon as the flower is dead . Embarassed

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Post by WeirdCat on Wed 21 Apr 2010 - 19:32

OK I often wondered where the leaves went, I'll chop them back slightly tomorrow

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Post by karinlouise on Wed 21 Apr 2010 - 20:50

I knew I had to leave the leaves on, but as you say its unsightly so have on occasions trimmed them. Is this the same for bluebells as well. I have tonnes in the garden, and must admit once the flower has died down I have 'pulled' the leaves up. They come up so easily, I know that sometimes there are mini bulbs on the end of them, but is it still ok to pull them. I don't need to worry about lots more bulbs 'taking' as there are a lot anyway.

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Post by Guest on Mon 26 Apr 2010 - 18:46

Thanks for the explanation, i am sure they were neglected until the leaves had browned and died...just now need to know what to do with them now... shall i leave them to live and die in the pots, hopefully they will just come up next year..or should i get them out now and dry them out?

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Post by Guest on Mon 26 Apr 2010 - 20:20

We usually take our bulbs out of the pots once the flowers have died but often it is to put some new plants in so they may stay in the pot a bit longer. We lay the bulbs in trays to dry off and die back, with the remaining leaves on and mostly it works. We buy new about once every three years or so. The snow drops didn't do much this year so some new ones will be on the shopping list later in the year.

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Post by Guest on Tue 27 Apr 2010 - 10:28

Going to shoot my mother who never gardens but yesterday decided to dead head the daffs which involved chopping off the leaves too!

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Post by Guest on Tue 27 Apr 2010 - 12:41

Celfyddydau wrote:Going to shoot my mother who never gardens but yesterday decided to dead head the daffs which involved chopping off the leaves too!


Ooops was is your daffs ????

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Post by Guest on Tue 27 Apr 2010 - 15:29

Yep my daffs - she decided to chop their heads off and took the leaves too as it's green bin day today. Grrrrrrrrr, she could have weeded instead.

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Post by Lorraine on Tue 27 Apr 2010 - 20:52

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Post by supergran on Tue 27 Apr 2010 - 21:20

I have religiously left the leaves on, after deadheading them, every year since I moved in here and still just have blinds so going to lift the lot and get new bulbs in autumn.

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