London (change)
Today 14°C / 4°C
Tomorrow 11°C / 5°C


Latest posts by Auntiemand

11 to 20 of 32

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!

Scent in summer

Posted: 07/02/2013 at 23:55
artjak wrote (see)

nutcutlet, the scent I don't like is box; it smell like tom cats! Am not too keen on choisyia(?) either. But the scents I really can't stand tend to be some rather expensive perfumes, which just smell like noxious chemicals to me. I better not name the worst, I might get sued!

There is a flower scent that bowled me over as a child, I have been searching for it ever since; it looked a bit like a Japanese Anemone as far as I can remember, the scent was: cucumbers and lemon with a hint of nostalgia and slight melancholy.

Might the plant you are searching for be Romneya?

I adore the scent tho only have flowers for a few weeks a year; still a favourite.


Posted: 22/06/2012 at 23:57

I took cuttings of mine last year and managed to keep two plants.  They are doing really well.   Watch out for mildew though, I lost 4 plants to that.


crispy black edges to some of my plants' new leaves

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 20:48

Sorry to have disrupted the thread.

crispy black edges to some of my plants' new leaves

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 21:13

I haven't got crispy black edges but my bay tree (bush) has the worse case of sooty mould I've ever seen.   It was fine last year, bit of scale insect but not a major problem.   This year, looks like it's been down the pit!   So I chopped the tops off yesterday, left the three main stems with two sprouting leaf nodes each.   So now it has two chances!

Triffid identification please!

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 12:50

Cardoon possibly.

Poorly Rose

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:24

Might be blackspot.   Is the mottling dark?

My patio rose suffers terribly from it but with a good feed, and always picking affected leaves off, survives and flowers well every year.

11 to 20 of 32

Discussions started by Auntiemand

Gardeners World Live

Replies: 23    Views: 2003
Last Post: 16/06/2012 at 09:19

At wits end with carrots and slugs

Replies: 9    Views: 2016
Last Post: 03/05/2012 at 01:51
2 threads returned