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Orange alstromeria

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 17:10

Let's hope your fingers don't get cramp!! I've still got some small bits of it around, I refuse to allow it to flower - this is NOT the one which would lead to money, the pretty coloured ones are, and although they run a little,  they are nothing like the original orange - which is nearly as good/bad as evening primrose - not quite as bad as mile-a-minute vine, but heading in that direction! 

Planting colour under rhododendrons

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:07

That is why they are so successful at overrunning the countryside - and your border!

Containers in front of it might be an answer, but as the others say, nothing will grow at its feet. 

Plants to pot in a little wheelbarrow?

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 12:05

It is getting a bit late to plant alot for colour now, try a local garden centre and see what they have in the way of bright annuals for the end of the year.  Later, put little bulbs in it for Spring joy, scilla biflora for example, tiny daffs maybe.  

Bright colours over the next few months are unlikely, once the first frosts come - and this year it looks as if they may be early - the brighter colours are over.  There are pretty coloured leaves, heucheras for example, the little bulbs will push up through them in the Spring.

Try not to use very small containers, they hold only a small amount of compost so dry out easily ad haven't got alot of food for whatever you grow in there.  Also they will freeze solid earlier than bigger containers, though most, whatever the size, will freeze eventually.

What is this plant?

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 13:38

This comes in a variety of colours, from green and white (my personal favourite) to deep reddish pink, darker than this one - which is very pretty.   It will seed about, so make a not of how the leaves look so you can leave it where you want it in future, and pull out ones to give away, when you don't want them there. 

Do hope you did note which plants liked what conditions when you bought them, some prefer damp shade and others anything but for example?

Plant ID please.

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 13:34

Grow it in your kitchen, and have instant treatment there for minor burns and such like.

Unidentifued white flowering climber

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 17:42

Hear hear - when this was suggested previously many plant growers started selling it under the 'fallopia' name which at that time was less well known.  There are many weed like plants for sale which I feel should not be - including that red leafed yellow flowered thing whose name I don't recall, which I spend hours removing from pot plants, only to see it offered among basket plants.    Did you speak with the people who had bought 3 of them?

Unidentifued white flowering climber

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 17:33

If you don't remove it - easier said than done - you will have little else in your garden for many meters.  You see it in hedgerows now and again, where it looks great, covering an area of 10 x 15 x 10 meters per plant, and dripping with white racemes of little flowers.  Snails adore it as a home too.  We got rid of it from my sons garden where it had been encouraged to grow up a wall, once out the mysterious influx of slugs and snails in his bedroom suddenly stopped! 'nuff said. 

ID please

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 17:25

Rose of Sharon, hypericum - large ones pain in the…er …. garden.  Tiny ones quite pretty. Frequently found in commercial planting schemes as it covers a large area quickly.

Have been trying to eradicate it from our garden for 17 years since we moved in here, not succeeded yet. 

Something`s enjoying my peas and it aint me!

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 14:13

Snails seem to be a bigger problem than they have ever been this year - my poor huge alliums had all their stems scraped clean by them, I saw them by the score - lots of tiny little ones as well, which hide everywhere.  Peas have suffered like yours, ditto beans and chard - ugh!  Don't know where they're all coming from - it almost looks as if the usual slug wave has metamorphosed into snails this year!!


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 14:09

Poor things got chilly - as did we all these last few cool weeks.  They will come to no harm, the leaves that come through when (if) it gets warmer will be the normal colour for the plant in question.  

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