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Bulb Log 45 - 11th November 2009
« on: November 13, 2009, 11:03:19 PM »
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Re: Bulb Log 45 - 11th November 2009
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2009, 09:31:21 AM »
Not too sure, Maggi, that I have hit the right option but here goes.
Narcissus cantabricus foliosus is in flower in the garden, blooming last week some 4/6 weeks later than it has done so for the past two years but we did have a near normal summer that was hot and dry and the rain that finally broke the drought did not fall till mid October.
A propos seedlings in the sand of the plunge, I planted about 8 excess lily bulblets in the plunge last autumn and some three of them flowered this year which I make to be less than a year to flower: would I could do the same with frits and narcissi.
Next year's orchids are beginning to appear in the grass, small curls of leaf which I mark to avoid putting the mower over them.  I find whenever an orchid appears in the garden it is ready to flower and I assume all the early years of growth takes place below ground.
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Re: Bulb Log 45 - 11th November 2009
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2009, 10:50:24 AM »
Jim! Welcome! How lovely to have you join the Forum...we will look forward to and, be sure : expect, to hear more from your garden in France.


To clue others in: Jim and his wife Margaret retired from Northumberland to France some years ago where they garden rather differently than in England! Great bulb enthusiasts they do keep us up to date with their experiences in that area.... but they also drive me to jealous rages when they have a good harvest from their Fig trees and tell us about that too.....  ::)  ;D
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Re: Bulb Log 45 - 11th November 2009
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 11:49:12 AM »
Welcome James!
We also get seedling orchids in our grass, and to make mowing easier, we take a bulb planter and remove the seedling along with the soil core and exchange it for one taken from an area of grass which serves as our orchid patch. This gives a denser display of orchids, and only a limited area needs to be left unmown ubtil they've seeded.
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Re: Bulb Log 45 - 11th November 2009
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 09:35:49 PM »
Welcome James!
We also get seedling orchids in our grass, and to make mowing easier, we take a bulb planter and remove the seedling along with the soil core and exchange it for one taken from an area of grass which serves as our orchid patch. This gives a denser display of orchids, and only a limited area needs to be left unmown ubtil they've seeded.

 Cunning plan, Anne, very good idea.  8)
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Re: Bulb Log 45 - 11th November 2009
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2009, 09:49:03 PM »
Oh how I wish I had thought of that many months ago Anne ... superb suggestion.
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Re: Bulb Log 45 - 11th November 2009
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2009, 10:49:52 PM »
Maggi, we get orchids in the lawns in Dunblane, and the fig tree that grew in a cage against the wall of the Guild Hall (formerly Cowane's Hospital) up by the Church of the Holy Rude in Stirling always had a good crop of figs.
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Re: Bulb Log 45 - 11th November 2009
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2009, 10:57:14 PM »
I can't have orchids in my lawn cos I have no lawn  ;D .......      but the chances of being faced with a glut of yummy figs here in Aberdeen is really remote.....  :'(
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Re: Bulb Log 45 - 11th November 2009
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2009, 09:01:13 AM »
Thank you Anne for your suggestion, only a prolonged-years- senior moment kept that insight at bay and I do know how shallowly placed the orchids are.   I shall get on to making the move on the first nice day to come by.  There are five, sometimes six different orchid species in the grass - not a lawn far too rough for that- and altogether there are just over 50 orchid plants which I watch over almost obsessively: the Vienne has a large number of orchid types, the exact count escapes me but it is in excess of 40.

Tell me how I can send them Maggi so  they don't arrive a squashed mess, and I would gladly send you a fig or three.  This year the crop was plentiful though the fruit was small.  Last year an inopportune air frost took out every plum, cherry and fig in the garden.  I'm sure we cannot match Aberdeen for cold but winter temperatures of minus the teens Celsius are not unknown.
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Re: Bulb Log 45 - 11th November 2009
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2009, 10:15:56 AM »
Two things to feast on orchids and figs - who could want for a better sight and taste  :)  Welcome Jim, can't wait for the growing season to begin in your garden in France  :D
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Re: Bulb Log 45 - 11th November 2009
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2009, 10:57:02 AM »
Welcome to the forum Jim, I look forward to seeing the visual evidence of your garden.

Anne what a brilliant idea you have to move the orchids.

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Re: Bulb Log 45 - 11th November 2009
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2009, 11:59:17 AM »
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Tell me how I can send them Maggi so  they don't arrive a squashed mess, and I would gladly send you a fig or three.

 Yes, that is the challenge... I don't think it possible and the arrival of a squashed fig would be an even greater disappointment than no figs at all.... seems I am doomed to regret in our figgy relationship, Jim..... :-X   ;)

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