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Can anyone identify this growth/ bacteria

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 12:29

Scale insect.

should be an arisaema

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 12:09

Ben Candlin is the national seller of these, have a look on his website for ideas.

http://www.bencandlin.co.uk/

I still think Sauromatum

should be an arisaema

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 08:36

Looks like Sauromatum venosum. They grow from seed though I grew mine from bulbs. They through out a large amount of seed and bulbs every year.

Brugmansia - Angel's Trumpet

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 08:11

@LorraineP - The leaves on yours look very small. Mine has huge leaves (which somewhat hides the cream coloured flowers) but I like the jungle effect.

They are root hardy in well draining spots in the UK (ie all top growth will normally die off). Caveat they need heat to grow fast so may not flower. Best in pots and either cut down and stored like that in a frost free place or left to grow in a sunny spot.

Acer's -need to get conditions perfect

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 11:59
punkdoc wrote (see)

Not an expert, but i do grow a few Acers. they need: semi-shade, not exposed to cold winds, and a slightly acid, woodsy soil [ leaf mould, ericaceous compost and some John innes No. 3 ]. Dont let them dry out, but dont drown them. Given that lot, they should thrive and act as a constant reminder of your dad.

Agree with that - moist well draining soil is key.

Morning glory

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:24

I should add that if you are growing them up trees or other plants that they can be difficult to pull off the dead Morning Glory in winter as they twine so much.

Morning glory

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:23

Sun and warmth and they will flower. The mild winter has allowed the Morning Glory that I had last year to self seed madly (they are invasive in many parts of the world, never normally for me). Flowering from July till frosts is normal.

Busy Lizzies

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:21

My local Tesco is selling Busy Lizzies cheaply (the old fashioned ones, not guinea hybrids). Sainsbury has also been selling them.

Lavendar keeps dying in our garden

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 09:19

Unglazed terracotta pots in full sun, watering in summer and I cannot see you having problems. I have Hidcote and other English varieties and never had a problem - mine is in clay soil with some added grit and they grow away (is on a south facing slope). Do not bring them inside as that dries them out.

Bamboo

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 17:55

If it were me then I would add a bamboo barrier (and make sure the neighbour sees it going in) and keep the bamboo. Giving into bullying neighbours (they are bullying you) is opening up to host of future problems. Best stand the ground, keep the plants that you like and ignore the whinge next door with daft ideas on Bamboo and believing any tripe that you read online.

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