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Pale yellow or lemon plants

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 09:21

Phlomis?   Have to keep and eye on it spreading too much though.

Best place to buy Dahlias online?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 10:12 but the order book is closed for this year. 

Sarah Raven is good - decent sized tubers.

there are a couple of specialist nurseries too but I can't find the links at the moment.   Will post when I do.

Growing from seed is easy, but it's really hard to get hold of named varieties.


Plant ID

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:18

The first is a fritillary, one of my faves, I just leave them be, allow them to self seed and soon you'll have a colony.   Do watch out for lily beetles though, mine have been decimated this year as I was away for a week - subsequently squished more than 20!

Can't help on 2 as eyes not good enough.


3 might be aramis but really not sure.


Identification required please

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 21:24
nutcutlet wrote (see)

The leaves look a bit wide and light coloured to me Auntiemaud.


didn't realise I could click and enlarge pictures  - Yes, you are correct Nutcutlet.    Mine are very vigorous but on seeing the pics up close I don't think that's what they are.   Apologies for getting it wrong.


Identification required please

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:36

Could the second be three cornered leek?  We are over run with it here but it does make good eating - check if broken leaves smell garlicky.  

Agree re comfrey.

what are most fragrant jasmine plant

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 18:31

Whilst T Jasminoidies is not supposed to be hardy here, mine has been in a pot against a south facing wall for 6 years and is doing splendidly.   For me it's fragrance is better than J officianle.   I'm in Kent, so south but prone to very cold temps including -17 a couple of years ago.  They can be expensive so might be worth getting a smaller and thus cheaper one.  Mine was less than a foot tall when purchased and now covers an area roughly 6' x 6'.



Help with identifying plant by smell.

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 19:19

Artjak, the scent is clean and fresh, but really lovely.   I have no idea about 1958 but in terms of size, mine are in pots and grow no more than 4' high.

Try one anyway. they are delightful plants.

Help with identifying plant by smell.

Posted: 16/03/2014 at 18:48

artjack, check out Romneya.   

tulips losing their heads

Posted: 17/05/2013 at 22:24

Do you have any cats in the garden?   One of my neighbours cats has a penchant for tulips.   She doesn't eat them, just chews the stems, about two inches under the flower.   Not always does she chew right through so I often come home to pots of tulips with heads hanging by a thread.   Other times the blooms are in the bottom of a pot.  Both my neighbour and I have caught the minx a it.

I'm warned every year and neighbour raises her puts so they are pretty much out of reach.   I try to cover adjacent pots so the cat can't sit and nibble but she will sit in mt night phlox, alyssium or even campanulas to reach.   

She's had red, white, pink angelique and yellow so far this year.

Not sure it's a common problem but if it's not birds?


Posted: 01/05/2013 at 20:50

Sorry I've not repied before.

Hi Stoorty

At the end of the season I simply took cuttings of shoots with no flowers / buds.   Deleafed and shortened.   Stuck them round the edge of a pot and popped them in my utility room.   Last year i managed to take two into the summer, this year 4 have survived over winter.   The ones I lost were either because they just didn't root or got some mildew.   They were actually in the same pots as my geranium and lobelia cuttings.   I try all sorts (I have about 30 ox eye daisies that I didnt thing would take, but they have), some work some don't but you never know til you give it a go.

Sorry my reply wasn't cleverer!

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