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Little blue flower

Posted: Today at 12:07

Freesia laxa used to be called Anomatheca laxa and before that Lapeyrousia.They are not related to the Triteleia (used to be Brodiaea) laxa.

Triteleia laxa does take a while to reach flowering size. I have some clumps which are now in their third year and not ready to flower this season. Possibly grown in pots and heavily fed, they may flower quicker.

Little blue flower

Posted: Yesterday at 20:43

Sorry, but in my garden this is a seed weed of the first order. Comes up in its hundreds and has even changed colour in places. We must have thousands of them and they even survive being turfed out by the moles.

Seeds, if produced, are best sown fresh when slightly under ripe. Leave therm exposed to the weather and they should them germinate in spring. They take a few years to reach flowering size.

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Posted: 22/06/2017 at 16:46

Shade and water is what they need. Try to keep the roots cool. They hate having their feet overheat.

Propagation of lonicera nitidia

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 14:54

Agree. One of the easier shrubs to root.

Propagation of lonicera nitidia

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 12:01

Easiest way is to peg down some of the lower branches into the soil in the gap which you want to fill. Keep watered and they root like that very easily.

Plant ID Please

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 09:00


What's this plant called

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 20:39

Sempervivum. There are about 17 species and over 1200 named cultivars. It likes a hot well drained position. The rosettere which flowers will die. Any rosettes which come off are dead east to root. Pests re vine weevil grubs who eat the roots.

Is this the dreaded Vine Weevil?

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 17:09

Vine weevil adults take semi-circular nibbles from the edges of the leaves. I would be looking for molluscs myself.

Problems with Catshead apple?

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 12:44

Our 40 foot tall Catshead has about half a dozen apples on it this year. Normally we get hundredweights from it. It is a later flowering one so perhaps there are no other pollinating apples around at the right time?

Why are my apples looking like this?

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 21:10

Scab. Not a lot you can do these days, there are no fungicides for amateur use any more.

Still edible if peeled and they will not store.

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