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Reusing pots and trays

Posted: Today at 17:30

There is a theory that plants do better in see through pots. The roots of most plants are photosensitive and shun the light. So in a transparent pot, the roots avoid the outside of the pot so you do not get the problem of roots going round and round the outside of the compost.

No idea if it works though as I have no pots like that to experiment with.

snap dragons,

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 17:34

Well they have survived here and we have some very low temperatures over the last few winters. And even in the winter there are places in most gardens which get quite reasonably warm.

snap dragons,

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 16:24

There are perennial Antirhinums. A. pulvinaris and A. molle to name but two of them. They will survive in a well drained sunny spot.

Plant identity

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 16:21

Fascicularia bicolor is indeed a Bromeliad and hardy in much of Britain, in a well drained sunny spot.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 11:03

 If this is the one you mean then the plant is actually Kalimeris incisa Blue Star rather than a straight Aster.

Lovely red leaves

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 21:12

Beat me to it, I was about to warn about its rampant growth.

An easy plant ID?

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 21:09

I grow it in two slightly different areas of our garden, but both are well drained. One is a North-West facing rock garden and the other is a South-East facing gravel area.

So, Well-drained soil and full sun are essential; Zauschneria californica won't tolerate winter water-logging.

Give it a haircut in early spring to within 4in-6in of ground level. It's a good idea to do this when the risk of frost has passed as very cold weather will inhibit regrowth.

Pests and diseases are not really a problem, although slugs can occasionally attack young leaves.

Info from the Telegraph.

I have a salmon coloured one and a really dwarf one whose name escapes me at present.

An easy plant ID?

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 15:24

Epilobium californicum (formerly Zauschneria californicum).

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 10:37

'Opping about in October

Well  I could not think of a word for perambulating which begins with 'O'

Leaves beginning to change colour.


Please can you ID this seed pod / fruit?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 08:41

Looks very much like the seed head of Nicandra physalodes, the Shoo Fly plant.

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