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difference-in-bulb-sizes

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 12:50

About to do the same removal job on Allium cernuum and Allium roseum and Allium saxatile, all of which have strayed from their allotted sppces. I have another one but the name escapes me, yellow under normal circumstances (not moly) but I have found gold, orange, red, white, very pale yellow and until the seedlings flower it is impossible to know what colour they are. I will keep the different coloured ones.

Now if Allium wallichianum was as easy to get to flowering size I would be happy. Or even happier with A. plummerae  seed.

difference-in-bulb-sizes

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 10:52

Be careful what you wish for! I have just removed three compost sacks full of Allium ostrowskianum aka farreri and other names too. It is the small purple one which often comes in the packs of mixed small Alliums.

All Alliums of the common types (common as in easily obtained) have the potential to be seed weeds if you are not careful. I have a huge bank of Allium karatviense Ivory Queen, all from self sown seeds.

If only some of the Californain ones would seed like that!

Oh and many of the Alliums sold as Gladiator are not what they claim to be. Still nice tall purple/blue things though.

compost-friendly-for-wildlife

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 12:37

Agree completely. After all the professional Council recycling compost makers do not add anything to their heaps. They just keep them watered and turned, every day.

identification-

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 18:02

Sadly the link does not work.

plant-identification

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 22:11

Arum maculatum if it is the most common native one. Or if it has variegated leaves then possibly Arum italicum.

Lords and Ladies, cuckoo Pint and 50 odd names too!

need-a-similar-but-bigger-plan-to-pinus-mugo-minikin-dwarf-mountain-pine

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 15:30

Certainly Pinus mugo would  not take the sort of hammering a football would give and, the small versions of it a slow growing. That  actually is the whole point of them

Another tough old shrub is Lonicera nitida, in various forms. Ours is kept as a 1 metre high hedge and it needs trimming only once a year.

oxalis

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 08:38

My Flame gun is very satisfying to use on it too!

hurrah-first-discovery-of-the-new-season

Posted: 18/08/2013 at 18:24

Just eaten the first Discovery apple of this season. Superb. Always makes me think of Summer holidays in Minehad, Somerset. We always used to go to a Fruit farm near Taunton and buy local Discovery apples. they were supposed to be for when we got home, but they never lasted that long.

The Katy apples are not ready and they are rather small this year.

daphne-bholua-advice-needed

Posted: 18/08/2013 at 16:12

Cuttings are very difficult without heat. The suckers ought to grow on. You do need to get them with a reasonable amount of fibrous roots though, rather than just a stem. Dig down to the roots where the sucker is  and expose a length of the main root, say abour 2 inches above and below the sucker. Sever the sucker with some of the main root. It has worked for me. Keep the sucker shaded and well watered until it begins to grow for itself.

is-there-a-variety-of-box-plant-that-is-dwarf-and-doesnt-grow-very-high

Posted: 18/08/2013 at 16:08

It depends on the quality of the soil in which they are growing I suppose. Though I must admit that 12 inches is really rather small for most shrubs.

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