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Aquilegia shapes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 11:52

The native Aquilegia Vulgaris look like this and come in a limited range of colours:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/45292.jpg?width=350

Picture taken from the Touchwood site, here:

http://www.touchwoodplants.co.uk/aquilegias.htm

Most of the ones found in our gardens are crosses of the native one, which has dominant genes, so seedlings are often more like the wild form than any cultivar.  They are more often classified by flower shape such as 'clematis' ,'long spurred', double, etc. as they are so promiscuous that it makes little sense to give these crosses individual names.  Great fun to breed them yourself though - several of us on the forum do that.

photo uploads from phone

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 09:58

This is a problem for most web forums like this one.  The workaround is to upload your photos from your phone to one of the many "photo album" sites like photobucket using their particular mobile app, then use the "External site" tab on the upload page here and paste in the link (URL) of your photo from that site.

This is a link to the Photobucket mobile phone app, for example:

http://photobucket.com/mobile

 

Can anyone identify a seedling?

Posted: 09/05/2014 at 23:37

Tree seedlings I think, possibly beech or similar.

Can anyone id this plant?

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 21:12

Oxalis tetraphylla 'Iron Cross'

Ceanothus 'Italian Skies'

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 19:09

Yep, Dave is right but I always do an 'Alan Titchmarsh' and stick the pot on the ground, stand back and have a look, then turn the pot and repeat until it looks 'right'.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 19:03

The 'showers' forecast here today were actually half an inch of rain!  Still, things were getting a bit dry in the garden so should be sorted now.  Providing it does stop at some point and we don't have a repeat of the 'Summer' before last, that is!

North, South, East or West Facing

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 18:11

I disagree Dove - I would call it a South-facing border in a North-facing garden.  As it will be in shadow from the house though, best select plants as if it were a North-facing border, so we do agree really!

dahlia advise

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 18:07

If you can gently move the soil from around the old cut-off stems, you should see new shoots starting from very close to them - dahlias only shoot from there and never from the tubers themselves.  If no shoots yet, dig one up and check if the tubers are still hard or have rotted or been eaten by slugs.  Winter wet does more harm than anything to them, so if soil around the ones that aren't yet showing is soggier than those that are now appearing, you probably have your answer.

North, South, East or West Facing

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 18:01
Scott Edwards wrote (see)

Can I check that I have understood my garden's aspect - whether it is north, south, east or west facing! I  find this rather confusing.

Firstly, when I'm stood on my patio with my back to the house I am looking north. Does that mean my garden is a north-facing garden?

Secondly,  as I stand on the patio I have a cottage garden style border right in front of me as I look straight ahead (looking north). Does this mean that this border is south facing?

I'm all confused! Not sure whether I'm on my head or heels - Can you please clarify. After years of gardening I'm a bit embarrassed to ask this one!

Thanks 

You have it exactly right, Scott!

Planting under yew tree

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 23:27

There are vinca minor growing under yew trees on a steep, dry, north-facing bank beside a path I walk down on the way to work, so if anything is going to work those are a good bet.

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