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ID please ?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 21:30

They are very easy to find in Garden Centres (if it is a reasonable place that is). If left unpruned they can grow to over 12 feet tall (some of them). But you can prune them in February down to the ground as they flower on new wood. That keeps them in check. Annabelle (H. grandiflora rather than H. paniculata) tends to get a bit 'leggy' if not pruned and then falls over. (Perhaps that should be legless).

ID please ?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 20:05

Answered for you!

ID please ?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 20:03

Hydrangea paniculata, but not sure which one. There are dozens of them, mostly in white though Red Annabelle is red and Limelight is greenish white.

Knautia Macedonia?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:54

Self seeds all over the place, never bothered collecting any. Another weed!

geraniums and anenomes

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 15:05

That anemone prefers acid soil.

Tell that to the ones in my alkaline soil please.

geraniums and anenomes

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 10:19

Don't worry about the Anemones, if they are anything like the ones we have all that digging them up will do is create thousands of root cuttings, everyone of which will regrow.

I have a patch of bare soil in one border which has now been 'empty' for 5 years. Every 2 or 3 weeks a piece of Anemone pokes up through the soil and gets  weed killer on it. And still it grows!

Identification required please

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 20:37

The Campanula looks like C. isophylla to me.

Not up on Begonia sorry.

Can anyone tell me what this is?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 16:55

All I have ever done is to pull it up and put the plant in the bin. Wash your hands maybe afterwards.

Allium seeds

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 08:42

Posted this before, but cannot find it.

Sow the seed fresh. It germinates better straight from the plant rather than being dried off.

Cover lightly with grit, gravel or whatever rather than compost.

Sow in a deep pot rather than a seed tray (reasons later).

Leave exposed to weather. They need a period of cold followed by warmth to initiate germination.

When (if?) they germinate do not be in a hurry to p rick them out. This is the reason for deep pot rather than seed tray. They have only one root to begin with and if it is damaged, it dies and a new one has to be produced from the base of the seedling. usually they die.

Feed the seed pot with dilute Baby Bio type stuff, until the leaves go yellow then allow the pot to dry off.

Repotting may be done when they are dormant. Some types never really go dormant so be careful.

I often do not repot until they have had another seasons growth. Remember many of them actually grow in late winter/early spring.

Cannot think of anything else for the moment.

Not as hard as it seems.

The bigger the bulb the longer it takes to reach flowering size.

Agapanthus can take up to 7 years.

S O S Philadelphus - again!

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 12:36

They can be kept in check. Our Bell Etoile is about to be pruned. I will reduce the length of the new shoots by half and that can be done again later on if it gets too much new growth. We still get good flowering and the shrub stays at about 8 feet tall.

There are dwarf forms which are as highly scented as any. We have Manteau D'Hermine and that is lower growing and highly scented. We also have some other unnamed ones which are so far staying at less than 4 feet tall. All of them are well scented. Sorry NC.

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