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Planting bulbs, corms and tubers is an easy way to ensure colourful displays in your garden, particularly in spring before the rest of the garden has woken from its winter dormancy. Different species will require different growing conditions and you can check their preferred position in our bulb planting depth chart below.
Planting bulbs in containers allows you to move your display into prime position while they are in full bloom.
Water bulbs in containers regularly as they begin to grow, and continue throughout their flowering period. If squirrels and mice become a problem then protect your containers of bulbs by covering the top of the pot with a piece of chicken wire. For a really natural look, gently scatter them across the planting area and plant each one where it lands. If you are planting large numbers of bulbs then it may be simpler to lift an entire piece of turf with a spade and arranging the bulbs beneath it before relaying the turf. Bulb planting depths vary depending on their size and species; but as a rule of thumb, most bulbs can be planted at a depth of approximately 3 times their own height. If you are looking for an ornamental tree for the small garden this really is one to consider. Smothered in pale pink  flowers in Spring, followed by pure white large berries in late Summer, very often hanging on to them until December. 20 years reached the height of seven feet a long time ago, and although very healthy, has not grown any taller.
These trees all grow well in moderately fertile humus rich well drained soil, in sun or dappled shade. This entry was posted in Gardening News, Gardens in general, Our Garden and tagged cashmiriana, Joseph Rock, pink pagoda, rowan, spring flowers, white berries, winter interest. Cashmiriana is not too fussy about soil condition other than it should be free draining and not get boggy. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Use the pest and disease factsheets to diagnose the problems with your plants and follow the recommended solutions to treat them.
If you're not sure what's affecting your plant, browse the plant index to find which pests and diseases are likely to affect which plants. Aucuba Japonica Variegata also known as the spotted Laurel will just about grow in any position in the garden.
If in your garden there is a position where you find virtually nothing grows, perhaps it may be in full shade, or the soil may be very poor and dry. We had one particular year when the largest one in the round garden was smothered with berries, never been quite so abundant again.
It can take a couple of years for the growth to really get going, encourage this by pruning back straggly stems, the one above looks like its in need of a little attention.. The one position where Aucuba may start to look a bit sickly is where drainage may be poor and suffering from being waterlogged.
When at a store checkout the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own shopping bags in future because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every shop and office building. We drank water from a fountain or a tap when we were thirsty instead of demanding a plastic bottle flown in from another country. Back then, people caught a train or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mothers into a 24-hour taxi service. Please forward this on to another selfish person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart-ass young person.
Hi Alistair, that plant looks like a tropical plant in growth, although of course it is temperate.
Chortle… I think you know you are fighting a losing battle on the Aucuba front with me, though I do love the plain form, but you make a worthy case for anyone not allergic to variegation! Hi Donna, I think the Aucuba does have an exotic look which makes me smile, considering our dreich weather. I have made bad changes in the past Donna, I am very pleased with my current set up but the missing option to place your blog urls is doing my head in.
Hi Donna, I think it may just be since I changed my theme that this is happening as it doesn’t seem to matter whether you have this box. I know many people think the Aucuba is ugly, I never used to like them very much but I have changed my opinion. Hi Linda, Its funny how some plants at one time we may not have been fond of end up finding a spot in our gardens. Hope you get your blog hitch sorted soon, I sympathise because I hate having to fiddle around with computers when they don’t behave. Hi Alistair, unfortunately this month’s Gardens Illustrated is casting aspersions on our love of Aucuba Japonica!
Claire,The Lawson Cypress I can understand and perhaps the Aucuba if not well cared for may not be such a handsome sight. Aucuba is a lovely evergreen shrub, especially in winter you really need it to brighten the garden.

Hi b-a-g, Its not so very long ago when I turned my nose up at computers and such like, look at me now. Hi Alistair, loved the ‘green thing’ story, I must be old then, since I remember all these things! I planted an aucuba in the next door garden, when I did it up 2 years ago (wow, is it actually 2 years already!), it is doing well, has tripled in size.
I really like the look of the Aucuba and it’s good to know that it grows in dry shade, but alas! Astrid, some of these sheltered spots can protect from harsh winds but at times can hold the frost even more severely. Masha, it would be so easy to give a different take on it which may show the good old days in a different light. Hi Alistair,I’ve emerged from hibernation, and the first thing I find on your blog is a horrible yellow-spotted thing which reminds me of the worst of gloomy Victorian shrubberies. The depth of your topsoil, quality of drainage and whether or not your plot has been previously cultivated, will all determine the digging method required. Adopt this method on regularly-shaped plots, where it's important that the soil has an even texture. Double digging is useful when drainage needs to be improved, or if the ground has not been previously cultivated.
This method of digging is suitable for cleaning the soil surface of any debris and non-persistent weeds.
Bulbs can be planted in containers or borders, and look particularly effective when naturalised in grass.
As a rule, most will need a well drained soil that wona€™t sit waterlogged in winter which may cause them to rot. After flowering the containers can be moved out of view while the bulbs die back and become dormant. Once the foliage begins to die back you can gradually reduce watering as they enter their dormant period.
They are best grown in informal areas of grass that can be left unmown while the bulb foliage dies back. Use a sturdy trowel or bulb planter to dig a hole to the recommended bulb planting depth and drop the bulb into the hole, making sure that it is facing the right way up. Some tubers, such as Begonias, are best started off indoors or in a frost free greenhouse before transplanting outdoors. I can remember helping my Dad to prick out seedlings, even before I could see over the top of the potting bench. Sorbus Cashmiriana found growing in the Himalayas, our Scottish climate seems to suit its requirements very well.
White flowers in Spring and dark red berries in late Summer, ageing pink then white, grows to about fifteen feet. White flowers in late Spring and brilliant red berries from late Summer and Autumn, or until the birds have feasted on them. The brightness of the houses come from the silver grey granite which Aberdeen is famous for.
The factsheets provide both organic and chemical treatments as well as advice to help you prevent problems in the future.
Whatever the reason don’t despair, the spotted Laurel is just what you are looking for. I suspect that the reason for this urge to berry was due to the fact that several months before, I set fire to a wasps nest (byke) that had formed very near to this Aucuba and did indeed cause considerable damage to it. We walked to the shop and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two streets. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 2200 watts; wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. The TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the county of Yorkshire. We accepted that a lot of food was seasonal and didn’t expect to have out of season products flown thousands of air miles around the world.
We had one electrical socket in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. My last one is going to make way for a Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Grandiflora’, but vive la difference, I say!
I have indeed been dabbling and as usual screwed some things up, did you notice that the box to add your own blog url was missing.
As a young person, I do feel the world has become increasingly fastidious and wasteful, even more then my childhood in the eighties.
I would hate to be a child today defined by what mobile gadget or trainers my parents were able to afford. A stick and an old bicycle wheel and mother didn’t see us for most of the daylight hours.
I have thought about putting one in my troubled corner under my conifer, nothing grows there! That said, I seem to have acquired a laurel from somewhere (though thankfully it is a plain one) and it does a fair old job of hiding an ugly fence.

If the soil condition is poor organic matter can be added at the same time as digging.The best time to dig is from October through December, when the soil is free of frost and can be left to overwinter.
Single digging is also useful when large quantities of organic matter need to be incorporated. This is a time-consuming process but is worth the hard work and will result in good soil.The soil is worked to a depth of two spades, rather than one, and it’s essential to keep the two layers of soil (subsoil and topsoil) separate. This is often the best option for working with irregularly-shaped beds or around existing plants.Simply lift a spade of soil, invert it and drop it back in its original position. A surface tilth should guarantee good contact between seed and soil, so that moisture can easily be absorbed. Use a good quality general purpose compost and mix in a handful of fine grit to improve drainage. Cover the bulb with soil and gently firm the earth around the bulbs to fill any pockets of air.
Directly underneath the kitchen window was a fully north facing border, virtually couldn’t get a thing to grow in this spot.
They sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized and refilled, so the same bottles could be used over and over again.
Kids got hand-me–down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. We actually cooked food that didn’t come out of a packet, tin or plastic wrapping and we could even wash our own vegetables and chop our own salad.
We didn’t need a computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza place.
I think I have tried 7-8 plants there and at the moment I have a suffering hebe that looks awful. From mid-winter until early spring, the ground is frequently wet or frozen and difficult to work with.
Prepare seedbeds about one month before sowing by digging the soil and then leaving it to weather.
So if you are wondering how deep to plant daffodil bulbs, how to plant up begonia tubers or when to plant tulips, take a look at our planting depth charts below and discover how easy growing bulbs can be! Avoid treading the ground afterwards as this may damage the bulb growing tips as the soil settles. It is great to have found you in 2010 and looking forward to many wonderful and enlightening posts in 2011. That was until we tried the Aucuba and hey presto that’s where it remained until we moved sixteen years later, well you never know its maybe still there. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the post, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not polystyrene or plastic bubble wrap. But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we oldies were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then? As with all generations, there is a case to be made for what each has contributed, both good and bad. Products are not the quality they used to be so you get sucked whether you like it or not into this cycle of consuming and throwing out. I am a bit reluctant to put an aucuba there as the space is not very big, tall put not more than max 60cm wide. Remove the soil from the upper and lower spits of the first trench and from the upper spit of the second, placing it aside on the ground in three separate, clearly marked piles. In late autumn, spread manure or compost over the surface of the bed and worms will do the work of incorporating it by taking it down into the soil.Further mulch can be applied during the growing season.
Just before sowing, break up any remaining clumps of soil with a rake, level the ground by lightly treading on it, and rake the surface to give it a fine tilth. After working in a specialist plantsman's nursery, and later, as a consulting arboriculturalist, I joined Thompson & Morgan in 2008. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got blunt.
The soil can then be transferred from the lower spit of the second trench to the base of the first trench, and from the upper spit of the third trench to the top of the first. Initially looking after the grounds and coordinating the plant trials, I now support the web team offering horticultural advice online. I haven’t taken a photo of this one yet, I will add it next year even if it is just to show the leaves.
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