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what to do with my fushias

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 16:39
Whatever type of fushia they are they, with a little luck and good management will flower until the frosts. You don't cut them back until springtime.


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 10:54
Honestly. there you all are rejoicing at the arrival of the missing rain but still none in the NE although it's been cloudy for days, we've had to resort to watering with the sprinkler as plants are drooping. The irony is it's Sunderland's wonderful air show this weekend and rain is forcast for tomorrow!
Happy Gardening

What is this plant and what do I do now the stems are falling over?

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 16:04
They do tend to fall over.
The really do self seed well, I have loads now. My latest plan is to chop the seed heads off. If I've time I take them down to soil level and they sprout away tidily again although they don't give another show of flowers til next spring. If you do want more plants let a few stems self seed or collect the seed when the pods go brown and sow them straight away in a pot or tray.

What is this plant?

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 15:57
Thanks for that info Chrissy. I have several in my garden in the NE. White purples red and pink. I grew them from seed originally they grow back well each year too well sometimes although easily thinned out. I'll give cuttings a try always like to try something new.

French Marigold

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 16:48
I have a patch of Delosperma in my garden which I bought in a small pot last year. It needs to be planted in gritty well drained soil so add grit whether your planting it in pots or the garden. Mine overwintered here in the NE although it got a bit tatty. It just started flowering this last week.
Happy gardening.

Plant ID needed please

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 16:59
Not sure about the leaves if it's a sea thrift. They have a cushion growth with much shorter leaves and the flowers are more compactly packed. I wonder if the plant has oniony smelling leaves. Oh I love a good puzzle

Plant ID needed please

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 21:52
The first picture looks like a shrub called Fatsia Japonica. It has tiny white flowers in clusters in the winter time which ripen into currant sized shiny black berries.

The second picture is possibly a herb...chives. Although it could be a decorative allium poss Ostroskianum... all part of the same family.

The last is a rose, but another poster may be able to identify the variety for you.

Allium Seeds

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 22:18
I live in the NE and have swathes of Allium Sensation. I tend to dead head them as they produce a lot of seeds. Where I have left them to self seed the seem to produce bulbs of flowering size quickly may be the second year. The flowers are the same size as the originals so if you want to collect seed and grow it on I'd give it a go , nothing to lose is there?

Ornamental Grass or Weed

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 15:00
My NE garden had gold finches visiting since mid winter so I fed them niger seed then ended up with a mat of seedlings in the gravel....I weeded them out but wish I'd left one or two to see what the developed into.


Posted: 04/06/2015 at 14:01
I'm not impressed by them, bought 2 a couple of years ago..they did flower like billyo but then just sat there the rest of summer. I prefer pelargoniums or fushias.
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