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Posted: 04/09/2012 at 17:37

And after saying all that I have just been weeding out dozens of P. vulgaris. P. veris and the P. elatior as thet have self seeded all over the gravel garden.  Tried transplanting to the hedgerow outside but they do not seem to take there.


Posted: 04/09/2012 at 12:07

The horrible mucky pink Primrose is just a cross between the ones sold as Primulas and our native Primula. P. scotica is very difficult to grow. It is thought to be semi-parasitic on dwarf grasses which it grows amongst in its native Scotland.

As with Spanish Bluebells and the native English Bluebells, our native Primula vulgaris is in danger of losing its purity by crossing with the garden varieties. Even Primula veris has been know to cross with these, so you get pink flowers on a tall stem.


Posted: 04/09/2012 at 10:51
Kitty Jingga wrote (see)

. I know real primrose are suppose to be white but these were colourful.


Just a quick point our native Primroses are yellow. Unless they are the much rarer P. scotica which are pink

wild picking

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 18:05

Be careful with other things too. There are plenty of lovely blackberries n the hedgerows along the lane on which we live. BUT picking them might not be a good idea, the fields were recently spread with the contents of the Chicken sheds from a nearby farm. Having had the stuff tested, it contains Salmonella, Listeria and E coli bacteria. I would be very doubtgyl about eating any fruit from round here.

Russain Vine help

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 17:58

It certainly looks like Russian Vine (Fallopia baldschuanica ) and if it is it is one of the most appalling weeds going. It will take over the world given half a chance. Many people think it ashould be on the banned list like Japanese Kotweed and Himalayan Balsam. Why on earth would you want to take cuttings of it?

mystery bulb

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 09:17

Not even related to Alliums, actually in the same family as Daffodils.

Rooting cuttings with potatoes

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 13:20

Many hundreds of years ago I am sure I read about putting cuttings into potatoes as a rooting medium, but my memory does not dredge up where it was I read it.


Posted: 02/09/2012 at 10:35

Another of my pet hates. This one seeds itself all over the place and almost as profusely as Foxgloves.

Crab Apple Tree.

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 19:08

Perhaps, but the rootstock under one of our Crab apples (M. trilobata) I took and grew on.The apples on that one could describe as sizable and green. Say 2 inches in diameter?

Crab Apple Tree.

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 10:38

Sounds like the rootstock has taken over from the named Crab apple type to me.

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