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Unknown Convolvulacea

Posted: 30/10/2012 at 16:17

Earlier in the season I had this vine growing by itself with sky-blue flowers like a previous Ipomoea, but with star-shaped blooms (not round) and foliage at times lobate (and not heart-shaped like those of the morning glory). The fruit looked different as well. 

Is it a new species or just a reversion of the original climber?





Dealing with the impact of trees and shade

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 13:19

Apparently your plot lies in a deep place (rather than a slope...). You´ll need to improve drainage. I had lots of 'swimming-pools' around the garden when it poured down; things improved when I worked the soil to a depth of 50cm (20 inches), which is enough for most herbaceous plants (you´ll need to go a little deeper if you intend to plant anything bigger), adding a bed of pebbles in the bottom and some (or much) sand. If things are really serious, you´ll have to think of piping as a solution.


I have a pH metre which also measures daylight in a very loose but efficient manner. Try and get one. If most of the site is below 'bright' or 'high light', you´ll have to consider leaf vegetables and foilage decorative plants.


Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:59

Hates dodder (is there anyone likes it?).

Loves pansies and delphiniums.

New flowers to recommend

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 21:33

Only recently have I started to buy seeds from T & M, and the only novelty I got was Amberboa muricata. My garden is dark, though, and the plants I had, all of them vigorous, did not produce many flowers (as the out of focus picture shows). 

I´ll give the plant a new try next season.


Old Rose

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 23:11

Thanks for all. I think it must have been a cultivar of Gallica. I remember the buds had some dark patches, but the mature bloom had nothing of maroon (on the contrary, the petals faded to pink towards the centre).

Old Rose

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 01:20

My mother had a very vigorous rose in the front garden, but due to attack by passers-by it died after a traumatic transplant (some ten years ago). It was quite old (some thirty years), and unfortunately I have no picture of it (at least none I can remember).

Browsing the web I came upon this picture:


which looks very much like it, though I remember the blossoms to be upright (facing upwards) and having a very strong musky scent. The leaves semeed to be

darker too. In its heyday it soared (the crown  was quite tall) and the first blooms huge (5, 6 inches, or more). The colour was deep red. There were many large petals, but when the blossom was fully open it revealed its stamens 

(as in the picture). Can anyone help name it? Thanks

Petunia Blight

Posted: 08/10/2012 at 21:26

Every year I have to cope with petunia root rot which kills most of my petunias( especially those placed together). I wash every container, use new compost, but as the weather warms up, they wilt. I read that carboxamide fungicides may help prevent this, but does anyone have a less harsh idea?



What dianthus?

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 19:13

I have this perennial red dianthus for years, but I don´t know the species. 

It´s very small (never over 6 inches high) and blooms almost nonstop.

Can anybody help me?

Thank you.


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