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Following a trip to Amsterdam my fiance and I returned with nemerous bulbs but being novice gardeners got over excited with bargin mixed bags of tulips. Last year however, she she took multiple photos of all our tulips, which we deliberatly planted in tubs, and with the aid of some electrical tape markers on the tubs (so we could get the tubs round the right way and match up the photos) we were able to seperate out all the different colours. this year with only a couple of wayward exceptions we've managed to get the right colours in the right places. We'll by sets of colours next trip, but the photos worked a treat.


  • I have already done it as the new toy -a digital camera - I bought myself last Sept. is just the right tool. I put on some music and run through a slide show of "April in the garden" and when anything strikes a jarring note I asterisk it. But sometimes serendipity takes over and I have an unplanned for delightful surprise.
  • I would not be without my camera in the garden. It gives hours of pleasure but is also a really good tool to remind me what plant is where because as you rightly say, the garden changes so rapidly I never remember a month down the line!
    My garden is not large but it does help to take shots from the same position throughout the seasons to compare.
  • if bulbs planted late did not flower will they be ok for next year or should I bin them Ta muchly
  • Not exactly bulbs, but I'm desperately trying to find a source of what I remember as begonia islandii; a floriferous small orange begonia that I grew as a houseplant, sadly lost all my tubers over winter and would love some more. Have seen it growing in gardens in Cornwall.
  • I have three tulips in my front garden. 'Jan Reus' is a sheeny sort of ribena colour, 'Princes Irene' orange washed with purple and 'Cairo' another orangey-red. They look fantastic with the slightly bronzey green foliage of emerging Aruncus 'Johanifest' (I think), new leaves of Photinia and the slightly red tinged buds of a Viburnum carcocephalum. Looks better in the spring light than it sounds!
  • Dee, I think you might mean Begonia sutherlandii. You may find your tubers are just dormant so, if you haven't binned them, repot them (the right way-hollow side up!) and they may well grow. For future reference, as they start to die down in autumn, stop watering and keep them dry in their pot til spring. You may also find they produce little bulblets in the leaf axils - keep these safe and pot in spring. I may have some spare but I'm not sure yet. I've just moved house and I'm not sure where everything is!
  • Hi,

    I have made a very small (3' x 3') bed for my lettuces and spring onions, and last week my lettuces started to disappear, so I put a fence around it (about 3'high) and held it down with bricks. This morning, all but one of my lettuces have disappeared. I have ruled out rabbits, hedgehogs, etc., but wonder if there are any birds, pigeons for example, who would take them.

    Comments welcome.
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  • sonia maybe it is thieves of a more human kind taking your lettuces
  • Sonia, is anything at all left? Have they been nibbled, cut or pulled up? A little forensic investigation may be called for. How big were they? Birds are unlikely to take large ones, but smaller growing plants can be decimated by pigeons.
  • I have some Freesia bulbs and I would like to know if they can be planted in pots then placed in greenhouse.
    I realise it's getting late for them but it may be a good thing as they will hopefully flower later in summer and into early autumn.
    Does this make sense? !
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