Six on Saturday: Nothing going on (Questions)

23 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Nothing going on (Questions)”

  1. 2 questions, 2 answers:
    For my dahlias, I dig them up every year before the first frost. I remove the rotten rhizomes and let them dry before storing them in the sand. Every spring, I add fresh soil and compost. Maybe this change could be the reason to see them bloom further?
    About lime trees, they can stay out at -4 ° C if you have no fruit otherwise 0 °. I put a double fleece on them until this temperature and I have to bring them home if colder

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  2. This is the first year my Dahlias have been frosted, I usually chop them when they look very scruffy and have few flowers left, early November-ish. Then I pile some leaves around the cut stems and leave them in the ground. Need to remove the leaves and deal with slugs when they shoot in spring.

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  3. Those chrysanths are lovely! I have never grown them. My gran used to have a plastic chrysanthemum plant in the house (I used to take the flowers off) and I just can’t get beyond thinking they are all artificial! It’s fine to life dahlias before they’ve been frosted. I am lazy and leave them in the ground – they are fine in rural Kent, so will absolutely be fine in London.

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    1. Thanks! I also think of them as a mother’s day present or something like that – the regular kind are quite boring in white or pink – but the ‘misty’ series look a little more interesting. The dahlia I just worry about them getting to wet as we have very heavy clay and they may rot. I am sure there will be a six on sat that reveals whether they survived.

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  4. Your garden is going to look fabulous in the spring – all those bulbs! And I had to smile when I read about your the ‘I don’t know what to do with this yet’ patch – I have one of those and still thinking about what to plant there. Oh, well, something to look into during these wet and windy winter days 🙂

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  5. I think all your questions have been answered by other Sixers. What a lot of bulbs you’ve planted! I don’t buy them in large numbers, more in dribs and drabs, but maybe I should try some bulk plantings. Yours is going to look amazing come spring.

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  6. I had a great saffron crop last year, not so great this year, but then it’s been a weird summer weatherwise. Picking the saffron is easy – use either your fingers, if you’ve got good fine motor control or tweezers. It’s advised to pick in the morning. If it rains, it could be tricky, but the saffron usually lasts at least 2 days. I keep a little plastic dish in my shed w/some kitchen roll in it, leave the saffron there to dry, which doesn’t take very long at all – a coupla day. Then into the spice jar they go!

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