Every few years Helenium's need to be split. After a few years many perennials become tired and the blooms are not as strong and not as plentiful as before. So to rectify this we need to take action to help the plant to grow stronger and to help it flower. It is not as hard as you may think to split the plant up, many magazines will tell you to use a spade to dig the plant up, then use the spade to split it into sections and plant on where you want them to be. Today I have decided that I need split it a little further as the center part of the plant is dead, maybe this is the main cause of the plant not doing very well. So below this is the plant that i want to split up.
So now I will lift the plant up so I can split it up, Using a spade I will dig it up ensuring that I can lift as much of the root ball as possible, trying to make sure I lift the whole plant in one, Then using the spade I split it into two sections.
I have now got one section of the plant in a tray which I will now start splitting up the plant into smaller sections. Normally I would just split straight into 4-6 plants using the spade to slice the plant apart. This time I want to get as many plants out of the big one as possible, removing the dead section in the middle.
In the picture above you can see I have carefully removed a sprouting section of the root, It is important that each piece has a sprouting section. Following this rule you will be sure that It will grow into a plant and not just be a piece of root that may just die. Of course I want to try and keep as much of the root section as possible to give the small plant a good start. If you have a piece of root that has two sprouts, cut the root in half and split the root between the two plants. Plants are quite hardy and will take being split and survive quite well. Just remember to have a good root and and the sprouting leaves on each plant you make. Just remember not to be afraid to cut the plant up, it will be okay and will grow as long as It has roots and growth on the section of root.
In the picture above you can see that I have split the main body of the plant up completely, From one large plant that was effectively dying slowly I have now got 37 plants in total, that's with cutting out the dead section that was in the middle. I will allow these to settle in the pots for a few weeks and grow some good roots before planting them directly into the garden before the winter sets in. I hear you ask, how do I know if the plants have good roots, well remove one plant from the pot and if you have lots of good solid root growth, it will be okay to plant out, if you can still see lots of compost and few roots, pop the plant back into the pot and give it another few weeks. Ideally I will prefer to get them in before the winter to give them the best chance.
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It is that time of the year again when we look to plant bulbs out into the garden. In this blog i will explain how to plant out a pot with bulbs to get the maximum amount of effect to last through the spring. So what do we need to do this?
So what bulbs should we plant? I have gone for a mixture of tulips, daffodils and Iris.
So first I get the pot ready, which has been used for summer bedding, now emptied and ready for its next job.
I have now prepared the compost to use to plant the bulbs using a mixture of normal compost and some bulb fibre.
Here we have the bulbs that I will use, In the background the Tulips can be seen, In the middle the Daffodils which have been removed from another pot and the foreground is the iris which again have been removed from another pot.
I have placed around 1 1/2 inches of compost in the bottom of the pot to ensure the lowest bulbs have some space for root growth.
Placing at the bottom the Tulips as they need to be the deepest in the pot, Giving enough space in between the bulbs for growth and enough to have a good showing once grown.
Now covering the Tulips in compost I will then plant the next bulbs.
Now placing the Daffodils over the top of the already planted Tulips.
Now covering the Daffodils with the compost and moving on to the next level.
Now at the top I have put the Iris as they need to be near the surface and they will be the first to flower followed by the daffodils and then finally the Tulips.
Now all the bulbs are in top the compost off to the top and then place the pot in a place where it will be out of the way until the iris start to show themselves in the early spring.
We have I am sure seen plants growing in the strangest places. nature after all is stronger and will reclaim anything quickly and efficiently. We have all seen plants growing in the gutter on the roads, up the sides of houses and even on the roofs. Plants will grow almost anywhere. This can be taken in to the garden too as most plants will grow anywhere here too, Acid or alkaline, clay or sandy, most plants do not really care as long as they get water and sunshine. Obviously there are some that have to have certain conditions to grow. But as long as your careful you can have everything that you want in the garden.
In the picture above we can see a pesky Violet growing in the gaps in the bricks on my patio. Violets love to grow right where you don't want them to, although this is typical of most plants. I saw it was going to flower so I left it there to do just that and of course it is a very pretty addition to the garden, although it could have chosen a better place. Unfortunately after the flowers had finished it was removed...
Just outside the front door this little chap has sprung up. Cyclamen are all starting to appear at this time of the year and this one it seems is no exception. Throwing up some flowers and already a few leaves. Again it seems a shame to remove it so it looks like I will have to lift the bricks to rescue it and then plant it on somewhere else. i will cover Cyclamen in more detail soon as it seems the right time of year to do so. Also seeing as i have removed some from the garden and landed with over 100 plants....
So ultimately what am i trying to say, well simply that all our best laid plans for the garden can be not as great as we thought as nature has a way of throwing things back at us. It is of course not all bad, it just means that we can tinker a little more, for which you should not be afraid. Break the rules, plant Perennials in pots, as long as you water and feed them they will be okay. We can break the rules in the garden, but only up to a point. So please don't spend a lot of money on a tropical plant and wonder why the frost kills it... Think outside the box and try new things, do not be afraid to experiment, if you are not sure read up on it first. But most of all, enjoy the garden and have fun.
The sight of the blossom on the trees is surely the most beautiful mass events of the year. Most famous is the Pink Cherry blossom's that emerge and show that spring is upon us and nothing will stop it. Not even snow and cold. Blossom is the term to describe the flowers on stone fruit trees, Cherry and peach generally, also orange, almond and apple can be counted too, the later are however white. When the wind blows across the trees hundreds of petals are blown off and give us a shower of pink or white petals all around.
These trees provide a rich supply of food for bees and many other insects so if you are going to have a tree in your garden, choose one of these and every year you will be richly rewarded with a bloom of colour even though short lived, that is vibrant and beautiful and of great help to insects.
A Plum tree in full flower from April 2015
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My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.