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Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:51

I've got this, is it gorgeous, but for the life of me I can't recall where I got it - long time ago though so maybe not available anyway.  Hmm, that was a waste of time, just to agree it's lovely!  All the lilies are this year.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:49

Lovely onions!


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:48

Sawfly adore them, I put a pot  full of lovely strong plants out to put in the ground, left them a day or two, and then there were none as the nursery rhyme says!!


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:46

Mine fruited for the fist time this year, must be the right kind of weather for them, mine is about 5 years old.  There probably won't be enough fruits to make anything, but it's good to see them growing. 


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 16:44

I don't keep mine but treat them as annuals - I guess you could try but they can get very woody and I've found the colours fade. 


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 17:55

Indeed it is, flax is very pretty in this blue shade, there is also a red one - sown in a patch in a border they make a lovely addition to an annual bed. 


Posted: 06/08/2013 at 17:52

If it still does not flower this year - and mine are only recently doing so, very late  - it wil respond to some pruning and care this coming winter.  When we get to autumn, cut the whole plant to about half its current height, and give it a nice deep mulch around the base.  Next Spring prune it as hard as you like, down to 6 inches above the ground is ok, and feed it - it should delight you with flowers and butterflies after that.  

I have a reddish/purple hybrid that refuses to flower until it is at least 12 foot tall, even though I cut it down every year, so you will do it no harm by doing this.

There is a disused site - it used to be a brewery - near where I live, and it is a forest of heavily flowering wild buddleia - with clouds of butterflies.  Willl be interesting to see if it all flowers next year - unless of course the developers have got at it by then. 

umbrella plant

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:45

I'm not quite sure we are all thinking about the same plantt!! Maybe a picture could be shown?

ideas for wall pot please

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:42

There is a slightly weird but lovely succulent which I think, and am quite prepared to be corrected if wrong, Mexican donkeys tail.  It grows with no attendtion whatsover, with little white/silver tear drop shaped 'leaves' along the stems which elongate over time.  I've never seen it flower, though it has lived here for a goodly nuber of years.  Each leaf will produce a new plant given a chance.  Should look good in a wall pot - mine is busy taking over a windowsill. 

Growing white strawberries....

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:37

if it's that late Zoomer, maybe your strawberries just looked white in the bright moonlight!!

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