Monday, 7 March 2016

My experiments, what happened to them?


Last week I received an email from Ingeborg. She wondered whether the Ligistrum hedge I had pruned off till the ground in the summer of 2014 had already grown back. She wrote: "I wonder if the main branches will create new twigs with leaves again. What do you think, should I gamble or do you from your experience advice, no! do not! ....?

That is what happens if you leave your readers without information about your experiments. So I decided to dedicate this blog to all the answers. Then you will no longer have to struggle with these questions and loose ends.

Let me start with the Ligustrum hedge. (Read more) in late August I pruned the hedge to the ground. The following spring the hedge was already starting to sprout. Nowadays I keep the hedge at a height of 40 cm. This gives a more spacious feel to the border.

Up to the following notable experience. (Read more) Last year the house next door has been demolished. Six weeks ago they have started with the construction of the new house and look at that! It's almost finished already!

In autumn I told you about the beautiful Italian terra cotta pot that I bought on impulse. (Read more) The crocuses I planted in this pot bloom profusely! Just enjoy the combination of those beautiful colours together.

Late last December I experimented with not prepared hyacinth bulbs. (Read more) The hyacinths have had a cold period in the barn. After six weeks in the dark and cold barn, the differences are considerable. Some hyacinths are in flower, whilst others still need to grow. So it works, but with prepared bulbs it is much easier.

Then the Alpine meadow. (Read more)You have asked me for a photo with the flowering crocuses on it. That happened just this week. I regret I did not plant more crocuses. But it's nice though. The 50 Anemone blanda I planted in the alpine meadow have not emerged yet. Maybe they have rotten due to this wet winter.

So much for the experiments. You are now aware of the progress.

And what about Ingeborg’s question, whether to prune the Ligustrum rigorously or not, I gave her the advice: just do so! 

Ingeborg, You go girl!









Ligustrum hedge before cutting down to the ground.



Next spring.


Next summer, green again.


House next door. Last summer.


Another has been build.


Terracotta pot. Bought on impulse.


No regrets!


Experiment with not prepared Hyacinth bulbs.


Some are in flower now.


My "alpine meadow".


Crocuses and some snowdrops are flowering.

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3 comments:

  1. Hi Hetty, thanks for catching us up on the outcome of your experiments! I think cutting the Ligistrum hedge was a very good decision. I like the new height that you want to keep it at. You are right, it opens up the view into border in a very lovely way.
    The new house seems to be bigger, but I think it is nicer than the old one. The view from your side overall has improved in my opinion.
    Love, love, love the terracotta container with the crocuses! Usually these containers cost a fortune, but they are so worth it!
    Happy spring gardening. This is such an exciting time of the year for gardeners, isn't it?
    Christina

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  2. I love spring blooms! Yours look lovely.
    Thanks for sharing your experiments at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/03/dominica-caribbean-jewel.html

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  3. The alpine meadow table makes me smile! I love the way you are willing to experiment and grow all this beauty.

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