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Ridiculously Tiny Wee Seed

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 20:33

I know it doesn´t sound timely, but I sowed a packet of double busy lizzies (they are

not suffering from mildew where I live), and maybe because little flies are always

about eating seedlings, only one very very small thing turned up. My question is:

is it a busy lizzie or just a weed? It seems to be static for some time, what is rather

weird for a weed, specially when the other seedlings about (verbascum) are growing

well. The only busy lizzie seedlings I knew were from the wild one , and they were

quite larger. Anyone has an idea (and a good memory, since these plants have

not been grown in Britain for two years now...) ?

Does anyone recognise this dahlia?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 01:29

Star Child, perhaps. Has the same darker centre.

North Star is also similar, but the centre is lighter.

Carrot Heads

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 23:19

Thanks for your answers. Most plants have thin carrots, yet, and I thought

and I will wait a bit longer. I have already pulled up two baby carrots, and they

were tiny but very tasty. Guess carrot flies have not found my garden yet!

Carrot Heads

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 22:03

Hi, I have a patch of carrots and I´m not sure when I must pull them up.

Should I wait till the leaves yellow and the plants die? There is no frost where I

live. Thanks.

How do I take cuttings off my busy lizzie.

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 22:01

Impatiens hawkerii (or New Guinea busy lizzie) is a tender, short-lived perennial.

You can try renewed flowering by cutting back all spent branches, working the

soil a bit, and putting it in a warmer place (they are not demanding on sunlight).

black spot

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 21:58

Waterbutts´ advice is excellent.

My roses suffer from black spot (along with a myriad of fungi...) because

of my garden´s poor drainage. A solution of copper sulphate is easily

available at garden centres, and does well against this stubborn disease

(be stubborn yourself, spraying every week).

Remember the black spot´s spores remain on the damp ground ready to

spring back to the plants once it rains or the plants are watered; do not allow

any fallen (diseased) leaves there. If you find an inert sort of mulching (like

pine bark), it will help prevent this "boomerang" effect.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 18:33

Commelina (day flower) or Tradescantia for the warmer months (both spread like

crazy and do not need a pinch of care); hardy geraniums; bugle.

Doodia is a fern from Oceania with new red fronds.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 11:55

Thanks for the effort, nutcutlet. Hope someone has any idea, otherwise I´ll have

to wait until the plants are bigger...


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 22:24

I sowed some seeds of Alpine Aster, but had to move the soil (with the seeds within)

to another place since a bug (probably a very young black slug) was gobbling down

the other seedlings. A few plants have now sprouted, but I have no idea if they are 

asters. Can anyone describe me a seedling, please? (Unfortunately I cannot send

a picture, but the seedlings have long, thin cotyledons slightly widening at the end).



Posted: 10/08/2013 at 02:24

If you are supposed to walk in the slope (though it looks rather steep to me), you

should think about low shrubs and borders. Otherwise large shrubs and small trees

would fill the space well.

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