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Posted: 25/07/2013 at 21:50

The answer is a good mix. If you stuck just to native plants, the garden would be a much poorer place. Britiain is very low in the number of native plants compared to other parts of Europe.

The plant which always amazes me is Lonicera alseuosmoides, an evergreen climbing type. The flowers are nothing much to look at and as far as I can discern, scent-free, yet I have just counted over 300 bees of all kinds all over it. Far and away more than there is on L. peryclimen the native Honeysuckle.

 

Can i keep deadheaded Dianthus heads to harvest seeds?

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 12:32

And remember the golden rule about cuttings, ONE never roots, SIX, all of them do.

WHY DOESN'T MY HONEYSUCKLE FLOWER?

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 12:24

Also Lonicera japonica is notorious for growing like mad and never flowering. Go for a good form of Lonicera perclymenum such as Graham Thomas

can anyone tell me what this plant is?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 15:34

That is why I wanted to see the leaves.

can anyone tell me what this plant is?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 12:37

Wish I could see the leaves though, to be absolutely sure.

Can i keep deadheaded Dianthus heads to harvest seeds?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 12:36

Unless the seeds were already formed then they will not mature in removed flower heads. Since you get a lot of seeds from  just one Dianthus flower, then why not just leave few on the plant to ripen proprerly ?

Storage is easy, once dry, put the seeds in an envelope and store in the Salad compartment of a fridge. Or, sow them straight away. They normally germinate within a couple of days and will survive the winter as long as they do not get too wet or frozen solid.

As said hybrids do not come true and a fair number do not set seed at all. Cuttings are the only way to get true plants.

What is destroying my young plants.

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 13:37

Botrytis rather than Mildew as said by DFA. Cause is too wet an environment. Bit hard to treat once it is present. Copper sulphate might work as might straight Yellow Sulphur.

Leaf cutting bee help URGENT

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 17:57

Me too, we are talking 3 to 400 quids worth of plants.........if I can get them to grow on from seedling size to selling which is not easy.

Been told that omce the pellets are sealed the grub stays there until Spring,so hopefully they will be ok.

Leaf cutting bee help URGENT

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 13:56

The cylinders with the grubs in are sealed so I assume that no further action is needed  by the parent bee? If that is so then replanting(?) the cylinders in  another pot and putting it back where it came from is what I have had to do. Never had this before in seed pots.

How can I get rid of this?

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 12:22

Oh dear, that is Oxalis cornuta, a real nuisnce. The roots are covered in tiny blubs which break off if you dig it up and then you have even more. The seed explodes out of the seed pod and you soon have more. Roundup will kill it and one of those Flame gun/Weed wands is very satisfying to use on it. Long term job though. Sorry.

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