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A Few May Flowers

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 15:45

Probably Weigela Florida variegata.

A Few May Flowers

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 14:47

Wandered about with the camera the other day.


Silver Saxifrage

Clematis Niobe

Rose Joseph's Coat

I hate Roses, but this one has not scratched me, yet, so it has stayed.


Allium karataviense

Camassia leichtlinii alba



More to follow later.

Can anyone help identify what this is please?

Posted: 21/05/2017 at 11:46

If you want more of the plants then when the capsules begin to split, take the seed and scatter it on a gravel path. Germinates like Cress.If you leave the seed pods near the original plant you end up with hundreds of baby tubers sat on top of the old one.

on bed rest!

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 14:32

I am in much the same position, no gardening as such for me for a few weeks. At least I can, am supposed to, walk about. Frustrating to stagger round the garden and not be able to actually do anything though.

Not sure what to suggest to do . Sympathy.

Liverwort on seed pots

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 20:45

No one ever mentions this on Gardening programmes when they show seed sowing of things that need stratification. I remember years back Toby Buckland (I think it was) making a sand plunge. He made no mention at all of the fact that within a few weeks the surface would be green with liverworts and fern reproducing bodies. Or at least the sand in my cuttings frame is. Even a 1 percent bleach solution has no effect, nor does watering it with baby bottle sterilising fluid.

Thanks anyway.

Liverwort on seed pots

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 19:15

Outside in the seed frame, no lid as they do need cold and it saves me having to spend hours watering them. The garden is full of ferns and liverwort. Another suggestion was only to water with tap water rather than rain water.

Liverwort on seed pots

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 15:37

My pots are always covered in either grit, fine ground up ceramic material or vermiculite and they always get the liverwort problem. Ones covered in vermiculite are often the worse affected ones. Most of the seeds I sow need to be out over winter as well. The quicker growing Spring sown stuff is usually pricked out before the liverwort gets too bad. Some of the 2 years old seed pots have ferns growing in them,

Last edited: 19 May 2017 15:39:25

Liverwort on seed pots

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 14:53

Just wondering if anyone has a sure fire method of stopping liverwort and fern babies from invading my pots of seeds. Just tried, probably very unsuccessfully, to disentangle some tiny (and not growing) Saxifrage seedlings from the scourge. I have some more Saxifrage seeds which need sowing, but there is no point if the babies are going to be totally covered in liverwort etc.

Wisteria flowering...then it snowed

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 14:50

Tried the nail scratch method. Scratch the bark with your nail. If there is green under the bark then the plant is still alive.

Two of our Davidia trees have had the same problem, but there are now new buds just appearing.

Last edited: 19 May 2017 14:50:42


Posted: 12/05/2017 at 20:50

Ours were definitely not honeybees so no honeycombs in the roof space. In any case we would need to remove the roof tiles to see and they were too delicate to go messing with. They were there all Summer, going in and out and doing their thing and no-one got stung or even bothered by them.

Good year for fruit though!

Last edited: 12 May 2017 20:51:24

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