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Unknown spiny-leaved plant

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 00:43

Hmm, to me the leaves don't look like they have spines but have may have been chewed.   Given the description and look they do seem similar to Tuberose.   From 5 'bulbs' I have only one with a flowerhead. Leaves are floppy but the stems, if you can get them to emerge, are pretty stiff.   


May be way off the mark though.


Posted: 13/06/2014 at 23:03

I adore mine.   It's just losing it's old leaves now, fresh glossy ones coming on, along with the flowers.   Smells divine and the bees like it.

Mine is about 6 years old and roughly 7' x 5'.   It's in a tiny pot - stupidly I didn't think about the longer term.   But I feed it frequently and water well.   When I move I shall repot it or plant in the ground.

Much prefer it to standard jasmines.



The Curse of the Rampant Weed.

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 18:46

Sadly it's horsetail.   Lots of threads on here about it.   

It's one of the oldest plants on the planet so I find it fascinating, but it is a proper bugger.

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.

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