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Title: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on January 05, 2022, 11:26:26 AM
Join me in the first Bulb Log of the New Year - 2022 marks 20 years of the Bulb Log.
Snowdrops,Daffodils, some garden work and of course the weather all feature.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on January 12, 2022, 11:16:42 AM
As the plant in season Narcissus flowers are once again prominent in the Bulb Log but there are also shoots and signs of some of the others to come.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on January 19, 2022, 11:12:09 AM
What else could it be but Narcissus, with books, growing Eranthis pinnatifida from seed, mulches, and more Narcissus.
Click on the link to the Bulb Log

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on January 26, 2022, 10:46:18 AM
Gardening with wildlife, the start of snowdrop season then a quick jump through the hoops.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on February 02, 2022, 11:02:09 AM
Eranthis pinnatifida flowers are now coming to their best, two storms cause some damage but do not stop the Snowdrops, Cyclamen, Iris and Narcissus flowering............

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on February 09, 2022, 11:24:29 AM
This week's Bulb Log is mostly Snowdrops, some Narcissus, Eranthis, exciting shoots and the Rhododendron gets the chop.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Carolyn on February 12, 2022, 10:42:57 AM
Ian, another interesting bulb log, thank you. A question - you planted out the Galanthus Dryad Gold bulbs singly in the garden. Do you think this gives a faster rate of increase than planting out a small clump of bulbs? I know you often write that bulbs like company.
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on February 13, 2022, 10:29:23 AM
Ian, another interesting bulb log, thank you. A question - you planted out the Galanthus Dryad Gold bulbs singly in the garden. Do you think this gives a faster rate of increase than planting out a small clump of bulbs? I know you often write that bulbs like company.

You are correct Carolyn that is why this is an interesting question and my answer has options.
1. Bulbs in pots like and grow better with close company.
2. Planting out clumps of bulbs will give a bigger clump sooner than those planted singly.
3. I much prefer to see newly planted bulbs  spaced out singly and in random groups to mimic nature and while it is rewarding to see the large clumps I just want to split them up and spread them out but do not always have the time or indeed space to do it.

Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Carolyn on February 13, 2022, 12:48:50 PM
Thanks, Ian, that all makes sense. I can happily continue to replant the bulbs in small groups then! I find the fastest way is to make a slit with a spade, drop in 4 or 5 bulbs, then tread down the soil. Fine with ordinary  G nivalis, but perhaps not with the more unusual ones.
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on February 16, 2022, 11:13:58 AM
This week's Bulb Log features Narcissus and Crocus in the sand beds, Eranthis, Crocus, Snowdrops and Iris flowering in the garden while  the winter garden wakens with many more shoots of promise.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on February 23, 2022, 10:56:48 AM
More winter storms, Hoop petticoats en masse in the bulb house while the Snowdrops lift their skirts and dance in the garden all a click away.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on March 02, 2022, 11:22:51 AM
Spring has arrived bringing a mass of flowers plus the dilemma of  when is the best time to divide bulbs - all will be revealed by a single click.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Diane Whitehead on March 03, 2022, 05:00:38 PM
It is easy to dig and divide clumps of bulbs growing in soil, but what about in your cobble beds?

Do you take care to plant bulbs that don't increase vegetatively?
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on March 04, 2022, 09:36:59 AM
That is a good question Diane.

Gardening is like life when you solve one problem you create another.

I have to remove the cobbles near the clump of bulbs needing split  replacing them as best I can when I have done - but I have mostly planted bulbs that are slow to increase this way.

Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on March 09, 2022, 11:11:03 AM
Time traveling with  spring and winter  flowers- Crocus, Cyclamen, Eranthis, Erythronium, Galanthus, Hepatica, Iris and Narcissus.
Click the link to view.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on March 16, 2022, 11:14:06 AM
Daft about Daffodils this Bulb Log is all about Narcissus inside and out click the link.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on March 23, 2022, 11:20:32 AM
This week there is light and shade, Gold Medals and the milestone of reaching 1000 Bub Logs.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: samsgarden on March 23, 2022, 02:55:31 PM
Thank you Ian. Very impressive!
Looking at your spring blooms I am anxiously waiting for ours to appear.
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Carolyn on March 23, 2022, 03:30:13 PM
Thank you, Ian, and congratulations on 1000 Bulblogs. Wednesdays would not be the same without them!
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: PhilG on March 26, 2022, 11:23:12 AM
Ian, Congratulations on your 1000th log and the RHS award - well deserved.
I was saddened to read you are thinking of ending after 20 years. Whilst you probably do deserve a break, these logs are a very valuable record - for everyone.
In these times of climate change, your logs are going to be a fairly unique record, documenting the changes which may occur over the coming years (with the 20 years of evidence already accumulated to back up the findings) and I would urge you to continue - even if only every other week  :)
I know it's easy for me to say, but - bring on the next 1000 logs  ;)
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: ruweiss on March 27, 2022, 09:20:18 PM
Ian
Congratulations for incredible 1000 Issues of the Bulb Log. I am sure, thait was not always
easy for you to keep it at this high standard. Let me express my sincerest thanks for this hard 
work you have done for us. I have learned a lot.
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Peppa on March 28, 2022, 03:46:47 AM
This week there is light and shade, Gold Medals and the milestone of reaching 1000 Bub Logs.

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1000 is very impressive! I still check your old posts frequently and they are very helpful!
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Leena on March 28, 2022, 08:24:18 AM
Ian, your bulb log has changed the way I think about my garden and how I now try to grow bulbs. I have learned so much from you. I can't thank enough, and hope that more gardeners find your bulb logs!
Writing once a week is a lot, maybe once a month in the future?
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on March 28, 2022, 01:40:37 PM
Thank you all for your kind words of appreciation and support.

As I stated the success and longevity of the Bulb Log is as much down to my dear loyal readers who have encouraged me to keep going for so long.

I will make the decision how I continue towards the end of the year when I see how I feel but rest assured I will not disappear all together.
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on March 30, 2022, 10:46:18 AM
Corydalis, the weedy or seedy conundrum, and the Erythronium season opens click to read.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Leena on April 04, 2022, 09:54:40 AM
I planted one bulb (or is it corm) Corydalis malkensis in 2006 and it flowered two springs until vole or something ate it. Fortunately it had seeded and couple of years after it's disappearence I found some flowering plants nearby. In 2011 I bought seeds of C.malkensis to have more of them and now ten years later they have increased quite well and there are seedlings popping up. :) Not yet as much as what you have, but I am very happy with them and will sow them in pots as well as letting them seed themselves. :) It is a very good plant and also very cold hardy also here.
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on April 05, 2022, 09:51:53 AM
I planted one bulb (or is it corm) Corydalis malkensis in 2006 and it flowered two springs until vole or something ate it. Fortunately it had seeded and couple of years after it's disappearence I found some flowering plants nearby. In 2011 I bought seeds of C.malkensis to have more of them and now ten years later they have increased quite well and there are seedlings popping up. :) Not yet as much as what you have, but I am very happy with them and will sow them in pots as well as letting them seed themselves. :) It is a very good plant and also very cold hardy also here.

Leena,
yes it is an excellent plant and your population will gradually build up - the more plants you have the more seed they will spread.
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on April 06, 2022, 11:06:14 AM
Lessons to learn as Spring brings nature back to life, the sunshine brings out the colours of Corydalis, and then snow? Click the Bulb Log link to see and read all.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on April 13, 2022, 11:06:30 AM
Rocking all over the world with rock gardens, flowers surviving snow then sunshine  plus a book review of The Crevice Garden.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Yann on April 15, 2022, 11:39:25 PM
I'm behind in reading....4 issues, thanks for sharing your corner of paradise.
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on April 16, 2022, 10:58:10 AM
Thank you Yann, glad that found the time to catch up - the seaon moves so quickly.
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on April 20, 2022, 11:14:37 AM
Fine weather has brought a rush of growth, a green carpet spreads across the garden with so many flowers but there are also problems to tackle. Click the link to the Bulb Log

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on April 27, 2022, 10:54:47 AM
Erythronium time in the Bulb Log.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on May 04, 2022, 11:14:27 AM
Erythronium season continues but how do they fit into the garden?
Click on the Bulb Log the link to find out.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on May 11, 2022, 10:50:22 AM
Unlikely crevice plants, community plantings, Erythronium, Trillium, Jeffersonia, Anemone, Rhododendron are among this week's subjects.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on May 18, 2022, 10:36:52 AM
Going green is a popular phrase, nature does it every year and this week's Bulb Log celebrates green.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on May 25, 2022, 10:50:18 AM
Plenty flowers including Rhododendron, Corydalis, Paeonia and Uvularia, what takes over when the early bulbs have finished, and Bluebells.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on June 01, 2022, 11:23:50 AM
Click the Bulb Log link to go wild in an equal opportunity garden with garden pests, breaking out with retail therapy and plenty of flowers.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on June 08, 2022, 11:25:02 AM
This Bulb Log includes colours, light, mimicry, miniaturisation, weeds, seeds,  sequential plantings and beautiful flowers.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on June 15, 2022, 10:58:26 AM
Highlights in this weeks Bulb Log include light, colour, the whole not the individual, painting with flowers and plants always in partnership with nature

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Yann on June 15, 2022, 05:48:05 PM
So great to see fresh flowers while here garden are sun-baked.
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on June 16, 2022, 08:13:34 PM
I have seen how hot it has been in Europe Yann not good for gardens even here we are seeing the effects of global warming as we get less rain and warmer conditions although nothing like we are seeing elsewhere.
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on June 22, 2022, 11:11:36 AM
Capturing the moment, walking the pavements, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, placing rocks, and coming back to nature all in this weeks Bulb Log.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on June 29, 2022, 11:06:20 AM
Relationships with and between plants, taking pictures of plants, spires, plants featured includes Dactylorhiza, Digitalis, Geranium,Potentilla among others.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on July 06, 2022, 10:21:34 AM
Summer in a Scottish garden with natures jewels, Lilium martagon, shrubs from South America and giant steps are what you take....
click the link to the Bulb Log.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on July 13, 2022, 10:45:18 AM
Click the link below to follow the links that weave Grasses, Buttercups, Woolly Mammoths, Albrecht Dürer, Bishops, Planning threats, Birds and Art into this week's Bulb Log.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Robert on July 13, 2022, 05:48:14 PM
Hi Ian,

I thoroughly enjoy reading your weekly Bulb Logs. I especially enjoyed your latest Bulb Log. Your Bulb Logs are so inspiring, ideas not to copy exactly but ideas to use as a spring board toward new approaches to gardening and highly regional applications.

Thank you for all your efforts throughout so many years. If I understand correctly, this may be your last season writing the Bulb Log. I support your decision 100% whether it is to quit or continue in some form. I support what is best for you! I can express my gratitude for your efforts by writing this message to you. I can also express my gratitude by posting and sharing my gardening experiences on this forum and supporting it financially.

I am not an artist, just a common, less than average farmer. Yes, I have recently returned home to farming. I am currently writing up my 10-year plan for our Sacramento garden as well as the property in Placerville. Integration of ornamental plants in our permaculture gardens is a primary goal. I have found inspiration and concepts in your Bulb Logs that are being incorporated into my 10-year plan.

I like the concept of regionalism as expressed by the American farmer Eliot Coleman. He wishes to build a community, so he sells all of his produce within 40 miles of his farm and tries to know personally as many of his customers as possible. In the past in Mexico hundreds of different and distinct varieties of maize were grown in a relatively small regions. Frequently each family had its own distinct variety of maize. I am applying this concept of regional diversity into all the plant I grow in our gardens, including ornamental plants. I wish to know all my plants in our gardens intimately. It is very exciting to see completely new and site-specific plants evolve and coming into being in our gardens.

I also like the ideas expressed by John Jeavons and the folks at Ecology Action in Willits, California. Their main research garden is out in the middle of nowhere in the interior coastal mountains of Northern California. It is has a beautiful permaculture design transitioning from densely spaced biointensive agriculture to mountainous wilderness. This concept is being incorporated in the design of the restored Placerville garden. My personal twist will be to incorporate ornamental species into this design. I hope folks that read the forum will like to read about this evolving process and learn about the new, highly regional plants varieties. My intent is to write about this as long as the SRGC Forum is up a running. The gardening process is slow. I like slow. However, there are always new and exciting plants popping up in our Sacramento and Placerville gardens, both from my own efforts as well as new forms of local California native species.

Anyway, enough of getting on by soap box. Ian, thank you again for all your efforts with the Bulb Log and Forum. With whatever direction you choose, may life go well for you, Maggi, and your garden.
Title: Re: Bulb Log 20
Post by: Ian Y on July 13, 2022, 06:48:29 PM
Thank you Dear Robert for all your support and great contributions to the forum I greatly enjoy reading them and seeing plants in a very different environment to ours, I look forward to following your project.

I have not sure about the future of the Bulb Log but after 20 years I may run out of things to write about every week. I may reduce the frequency or stop I  will decide and make an announcement towards the end of the year but whatever happens the 20 years of logs will still be available.

Best wishes
Ian


Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on July 20, 2022, 11:27:43 AM
Looking into the flowers, hedge cutting , continuing to learn from nature, coping with the heatwave are topics in this week's Bulb Log.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on July 27, 2022, 10:39:40 AM
To read the confessions of a Tree Hugger  you have to click the link to the Bulb Log.

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Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Yann on July 29, 2022, 05:21:54 PM
inresting issue, it's still looking very green in Aberdeen while our gardens are more like the straw off the field :P
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on July 30, 2022, 11:42:37 AM
Yes Yann it is all relative we are much drier than the long term average and having been like this for the last three years it is becoming a pattern but from watching Le Tour on the TV I can see how we still look green to you.

Last night we had some heavy rain and for now the plants have some relief, no amount of me watering can have the same benefit as a few hours worth of rain.
Title: Re: Bulb Log 2022
Post by: Ian Y on August 03, 2022, 10:45:01 AM
This weeks Bulb Log looks into abstraction as well as flowers, thistles and foliage, click the link.

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