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  1. #1
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    Hello.

    I have grape hyacinths in my front yard in front of my boxwood bushes and around my paper bark maple.* It seems their greenery never dies and gets longer and longer!!* My yard is growing dreadlocks!!!

    When would it be safe to remove this greenery without damaging the bulbs?* I'm guessing about two months after blooming or after the seed pods open.

    For that matter, how about tulips and daffodils?* This is much easier as their greenery does die off.*

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    Hi Methos,

    Remove the spent leaves of bulbs after they have turned yellow.* The leaves feed the bulbs for the following years flowers.* It's best to plant bulbs mixed in with perennials or shrubs so their yellowing foilage is hidden by the new plant growth.

    Newt

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    Good idea.* Thanks Newt!

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    You are so very welcome!* I forgot to mention that planting annuals where you have spring bulbs isn't the best idea.* The bulbs go dormant for the summer and most annuals need lots of water which isn't good for the bulbs.

    Newt

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    [align=left]um...newt....would this apply to bluebells also?* i have some very sad looking ones in my garden, which are over their flowering, and look like elderly ladies with curlers in now![/align]
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    [align=left]sama[/align]

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    Sama, you gave me a good giggle with your description!* :D* Yes, that applies to all spring flowering bulbs.* Let the foilage turn yellow before removing and best to plant them with perennials or shrubs.

    Newt

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    [align=left]thank you newt!* i will go and attend to my little beauties!* they look like i currently feel!* a bit jaded, and not at their best!* LOL![/align]
    [align=left]sama[/align]

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    Sama, I hope both you and your bluebells are looking better!* * I do understand feeling that way as my recovery is taking so long I'm getting impatient.* :?

    Newt

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    [align=left]newt, i do honestly hope that you are getting better EVERY day.* hope your garden will help you heal.[/align]
    [align=left]sama[/align]

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    Sama, I'm actually going to drive across town in a few minutes to meet a friend for lunch!* How about that?* I did drive a leg of the pet railroad last weekend and was so exhausted I spent the next two days in bed.* I did take a freind along for insurance in case I got too tired.* Guess I'm still not up to driving long distances, but that type of driving is sooooo rewarding.

    Newt

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