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scented bedding plants

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 20:12

Rather hackneyed, but white sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) always works,

if planted in bulk. There is a crown of them in the tree bed in front of my house, and

every passer-by knees to feel its scent.

Purple (not blue) and yellow pansies have a very pleasant, strong smell.

I haven´t tried it yet (but I will!), anyway Zaluzianskiya (night phlox) is renowned 

for being intoxicatingly perfumed.

Lupin Flower Spikes

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 20:05

Wonderful, Singy! Wish me luck (mine are midgets now).

Summer has arrived

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 21:05
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I think this is a penstemon, a tiny one, I bought it at a plant fair last year and it hadn't got a label when i got it home

Anyone know what it is?


Nut, could it be a phygelius or cape fuschia?


I´m not sure, but it looks like a young Russelia to me (they grow a lot if they

like the weather; check the link please):



Perennial Phlox Quandary

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 00:20

Trying to grow perennial phlox from seed I bought a packet from Benary, and

went two ways:

1. In a pot with compost and only (temperature about 15 degrees Celsius).

2. One month on compost in the fridge.

As I took the latter from its cool air, the seeds went through the same as in the

first experience, that is, they rotted! Simply melted away...!

What can I do for the last third of my seeds? Please help anyone who made it.

shallow soil

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 15:48

First improve texture to enrich the  soil: add lots of manure or humus. Some sort

of fibre would increase its ability to retain moisture, which must be the hardest

thing to tackle. Some finely cut bark chips are excellent.

How shallow is it? If less than 4 inches, rather difficult.

Plants: lobularia, thyme, globe daisy (globularia cordifolia), purslane, Livingstone

daisy, Linanthus.

Also check for various alpine plantas, like Violas, Gentians and Sedums.

Anyone ever grown dwarf delphiniums and hollyhocks

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 12:36

I grew the delphiniums in pots, so they didn´t grow much (about one and a half foot,

without the blooms).

The hollyhocks started blooming when they were over 2 feet high.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:39

Singy, I don´t know the cultivar, but it is a sweet william (D.barbatus).

Anyone ever grown dwarf delphiniums and hollyhocks

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 21:31

My climate is somewhat different, but I´ve grown Magic Fountains and Majorette.

The first one succumbed to untimely heat where I live (last year was terrible for

me), but they grew quickly and bloomed in 5 months.


Now Majorette had a hard time with imagine what- mallow rust, but took one whole

year to bloom (just like any other hollyhock). Maybe I was wrong in sowing the

latter in mid-spring; perhaps end of summer would be more suitable. Anyway, there

you are.


Unknown Convolvulacea

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 02:27

I have found out this is very similar to Ipomoea nil, a wild climber used in

morning glory hybrids; probably a reversion, really like nutcutlet said.

What dianthus?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 19:13

I have found out this cultivar is a crossing (believe it or not) of D.barbatus with

D.chinensi (Dianthus barbatus x Dianthus chinensis). That´s why the flowers look

like those of Chinese Pink and the plant is short and broad-leaved like Sweet


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