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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.

ID plant

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 17:02

Phlox paniculata type as said, but not sure which one, there are dozens.

Sad Honeysuckle

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 17:43

Give it a real good soaking, dryness at the roots is the main cause of mildew on Lonicera

S O S Philadelphus - again!

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 16:48

Yes and yes!

Please tell me I'm not nuturing a weed!

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 12:32

It is a plant called Pokeweed, properly Phytolacca americana. The flowers are replaced by black berry like things which are toxic if eaten. I like the plant, but others don't. So a weed?  That depends on whether you like it, or want it.

Pesky birds

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:14

They cost me over £60 in that they not only rummaged around in a tray of 40 plants, they removed all the plants from the soil and spread them about. Naturally most of the plants died, or cannot be matched with their labels so at £1,50 each when sold, it was rather expensive. Where are the blooming cats when you need them.

Now I have to put shade netting over all the newly potted stuff just to keep them safe. A dratted nuisance when it comes to watering and maintenance.

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