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ButtercupFields Report 23 Feb 2012 17:16

Thanks Roise, I knew someone would come to my aid! I was so taken up with the idea that I paid scant attention to the names of the flowers. Yes, that GR name rang a bell and I wondered....

Ann, I shall put them in pots first...tsk tsk.... :-D :-D


AnninGlos Report 23 Feb 2012 17:18

* Is now ondering who the GR connection was???? :-S


ButtercupFields Report 23 Feb 2012 17:28

Hehehehehe I wondered how long you would last, Ann! :-D :-D Have PMd you.....


lorraineakapuss Report 23 Feb 2012 17:31

has anyone had any luck with skyscraper lillies, i didnt know they exsisted until mum said yesterday ?

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 23 Feb 2012 17:31

sorry went to put the tea on :-)

Fuchsias are good Ann , dancing dollies lol.

You can watch the programme on I Player.


AnninGlos Report 23 Feb 2012 17:33

Not heard of them Puss. Do they have another name?


AnninGlos Report 23 Feb 2012 17:34

Might watch it if I can find time Rose thanks.


lavender Report 23 Feb 2012 17:51

Have so enjoyed pottering in the sunshine today and taken advantage of the weather to do some early planting. Garlic, red onion sets, shallots, all in raised beds in an enclosed area of the garden :-) :-) Happy bunny :-D


AnninGlos Report 23 Feb 2012 17:55

Amazing the difference a bit of sunshine makes isn't it?


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 23 Feb 2012 19:11

This is from the net ragarding Skyscraper Lilies

These are lilies that can grow up to eight foot tall. The main issue is therefore staking them against the wind, so tying them in to stout bamboo canes is a good idea as they grow.
Apart from that, they need the same care as any lily, watching out for lily beetles and their grubs, which will destroy them, and making sure they are planted in highly fertile, moist and deeply dug well drained soil.
They will grow in full sun but prefer light afternoon shade.
It's a good idea to mulch the ground well with straw over winter to protect the bulbs from extremely cold weather.
Most lily bulbs fail when left in the ground because of poorly drained soils, where a combination of frost and humidity make them rot. So having good drainage will help.


lorraineakapuss Report 23 Feb 2012 20:35

glad you enjoyed it lavender, sadley i missed most of it sleeping,

Ann, i will have a look, i didnt now till mum showed me yesterday, ive had a bargain, ive got 20 aqnd 5 were free, so looking forward to them, i think ile keep them in big pots lesley so i can shift them in me green house, and thankyou very much for adding the information.

well tomorrow oh starts my raised flower bed and making a edging so i have a path with FRUIT trees either side and plants that dont need a lot of sunshine like primroses , want to get it done by 12 march before my op as i may not be able to tend it for a while, im so eggsited ive got a picture of the end result. xx


AnninGlos Report 23 Feb 2012 21:16

Gosh, if they are 8 feet tall you'll need a step ladder to look for lily beetles Puss. That is unless you or your OH are 8 foot tall!!! :-D


lorraineakapuss Report 23 Feb 2012 22:03

he is 6ft ann so he will have to jump 2 feet, is it a good idea to buy the sprays for bugs etc in ive also fed the plants with bonemeal stuff.

do you know if ash from a garden incinerated is good for the fruit trees xx

will check thread in morning nite xxx love puss. :-D


AnninGlos Report 24 Feb 2012 17:33

Not sure about ash Puss, have you checked on line. What spray do you mean? I suppose it depends if you are organic or not. *whispers, we are not, we do use sprays for bugs.

My OH actually cut the lawn today and weeded and tidied the garden so it is looking good out there now. Lots of spring flowers out:- crocus, daffodils, primulas, Dutch Iris, Helebores and the Mahonia tree is in full flower. Spring is on the way! :-D


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 24 Feb 2012 18:18

Oh how I wish we could get our grass cut but it's still far to wet
:-( :-( :-(


AnninGlos Report 25 Feb 2012 13:04

Just been for a run out to a garden centre as we needed more bird food. Couldn't resist buying two lace edge Primulas, planted them in the wall near the house, felt like spring is really on its way as the sun is warm out there. Also managed to buy some Tumbler tomato seeds, these are often hard to find. Not cheap at £2.99 for 7 seeds.


Julia Report 25 Feb 2012 13:10

Afternoon Ann, Yes, Tumblers are hard to find sometimes. Can I suggest that, even if you don't want 7 plants, do plant all the seeds. You often get a 'runt', which will always be a weekling. Pick out the best of the plants and pot up. I always plant more Tomato seeds than I need.

Julia in Derbyshire


AnninGlos Report 25 Feb 2012 13:25

Yes, OH always plants all the seeds, our neighbour will always take any unwanted plants off him, and then when he plants the cheaper varieties he plants the lot and somebody at the golf club takes the surplus which are then sold for charity.

OH was saying this morning that he has to fix his whirly 'thing'. Our tumblers are grown in baskets which hang from a construction he made. A pole (fence post) with a small wheel/turntable on top with hooks on for the baskets. Easy to water them by turning the 'wheel' round.

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 25 Feb 2012 15:33

Question please :-D

I have several elder trees by the fence, they have been here a long time before I moved in and the roots are unmoveable. I don't like using poisons, is there anything else one can kill them off with?


AnninGlos Report 25 Feb 2012 15:38

I imagine you could try chopping the root Rose but they are pretty immoveable. How thick are the trunks?