auntie betty

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Cuttings from Wisteria?

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 06:09

I thought wisteria were usually grafted...? I'd buy one, personally, and save home-propagation for stuff thats a) a bit quicker and b) you want loads of, rather than just the one. But I'm both greedy and really impatient, so perhaps not the best source of advice here. So I'll just shut up.

Help with Plant Identification

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:52

Well I STILL think its an eryngium. Some pics on google look awfully similar, incl spines in right place. There are tonnes of varieties, with widely differing foliage, and several are native and common to the area in question. Apparently some are edible or used medicinally. So i bet its well known locally if its wot i think it is. We call it sea holly, though few vrieties actually grow on coasts (not those in Afghanistan, obviously). Mostly a plant of open grassland or desert scrub. Anyway, i guess we'll havta wait and see wen it grows up a bit. Always difficult to identify such littlies. Hope it flowers this year and Budgieo remembers to put us out of our misery! I've learned sum new plant facts anyway...

softwood cuttings

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 07:49

Yep, can do semi-ripe cuttings in mid-summer, though tiny plants are cheap as chips and would probably save you a year or two of waiting...

Help with Plant Identification

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 07:44

Yep, definitely an eryngium. Tough as old boots so long as not waterlogged. I used to live in mainland China where temps are similar to what you're getting - takes some getting used to, doesn't it? Plants tend to be extremely tough as a result. I second the best wishes btw - stay safe and good gardening. xx

PVC Fencing

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 05:46

Hey y'all, I need some fencing in a run that slopes up slightly at one end (perhaps 18ins max change in level) and was considering using pvc gravel boards along tthe bottom. Then they can be sunk into the slope so the timber panels above stay clear of soil level and dont rot. Was thinking of dark brown, as I stain my timber that colour anyway. Anyone any experience of these? Do you have to use pvc posts with them?

Bay tree dying - Newt?

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 05:42

Yeah, looks drowned to me. Follow instructions above for re-potting. Also, give it a good prune - get rid of the dead/dying bits. Save it wasting energy on stuff that's had it anyway. Have to say, I found the idea that the newt was somehow responsible HILARIOUS! Set me off with all sorts of comedy mental ramblings about just what it might be getting up to in there - it started with excreting alien-style toxic slime thru its skin and now it's like a little cartoon newt plant assassin in my brain, complete with raincoat, fake moustache and bottle of roundup spray. And sinister Mutley laugh. See what you've done to me? That's the trouble with being a new gardener tho - seems like all sorts of things everybody knows except you! Much seems like common sense once someone sez it, but now and again u come across something that's just plain weird. Sinister newts start to seem entirely plausible...


Help with Plant Identification

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 05:22

Some sort of eryngium (sea holly) maybe?  Foliage does look right for one, and they are spiny guys, but I'm only familiar with frost hardy types, and depending on where u are over there it may or may not be hardy.. I'd google eryngium images and see if you recognise what comes up. Also, let it grow on a bit. If it flowers, u'll be able to identify it much more easily. I love it when stuff pops up like that!


Need help identifying trees please

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 17:41

Looks like some kind of prunus to me. Can't think what else it could be! What's the flower like? White/pale pink/dark pink? And do the fruits have multiple seeds or single stones inside?

best foliage perennial plant for the garden

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 17:30

Darmera peltata is a big fave with me - I dont use it as a pond marginal as I find it too rampant, but in heavy soil in the open garden its a fine addition and easy to keep on top of whe you don't have to wade to get to it. Very similar feel to gunnera, but ardy and not so ridiculously huge. Also foliage turns fiery in autumn.

Heuchera 'lime rickey' or 'key lime pie'. Glorious zingy green in shade, ghastly sick yellow in sun. Evergreen and very very tough. Also dead easy to propagate from the teeniest bits. Lovely with euphorbias, dicentras and any of your other typical spring woodlanders. I usually snip the flowers off so I can see wot's behind better.

Bergenia cordifolia. I cant grow hostas - they're eaten before they're fully up in my shady garden of dry stone walls (snail heaven) - so I use bergenia as an evergreen alternative. If you take off old leaves in early spring the fresh growth is lovely and some have gorgeous deep purply flowers as a bonus, as well as the standard pink and white. Luscious in big swathes, with taller, finer-leaved things behind.

Could go on forever. And don't get me started on shrubs, Wintergreen. We'd only make each other worse...



What's your Flower of the moment?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 08:02

My blue sibirica irises.  Was given a large clump 5 years ago, and had no flowers, no flowers, 1 flower, 3 flowers and this year... 15 flowers! Yay!!!! I have to say, though, they're rivalled by the sheer prettiness of the london pride I've got just about everywhere. Was there ever such an obliging little guy?

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