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Plant ID

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 14:37

If you have soil that it likes, it will spread - in fact for some people it becomes invasive, but not here for me, much as I love it.  We have the tall white one like that, and two different pink ones - and they are all lovely. 


Posted: 11/09/2013 at 12:25

I have kept the less hardy ones in pots in a greenhouse that is heated to just above freezing in the winter.  Some of these are now several years old.  However, it is always worth taking cuttings of those you especially value.

The hardy ones can stay in the ground and will survive just about anything nature can throw at them.This year I am going to pot up the small ones from our baskets and keep those in the greenhouse too - we will see how they do. 

Greenhouse heater

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 12:23

Is your greenhouse too far away to allow for electricity? Since putting a cable down to ours, about 20 meters, it has been much better, as paraffin gives up 1 gallon of water for every gallon of paraffin used.  I know this does not answer your question, but just hoped it might give you another thought to think.


Posted: 11/09/2013 at 12:21

Thanks for this, had somehow missed that this is about to start - will be sure to watch now.

Black Lily

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 12:17

If it is in a pot, you need do nothing but chop off the seed heads, give it a mulch and wait - the reason for keeping it frost free is for the pot, not the lily.  Many of mine have frozen solid over the years, and some are now over 20 years old, still in thier original containers.  Feed them come spring, watch out for lily beetle and enjoy again.  I will say however, that the very dark ones, so called 'black' lilies, do change colour as time goes on, many of mine are now a deep - and very lovely - red or purple, but not quite as black as they once were.  f

Should I replant my Laurel hedge?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 12:14

17 years ago, when we moved into this house, I chopped to ground level a laurel hedge that I wanted to get rid of.  As it was sandwiched between a roadside wall and a tarmac drive I could not dig out the roots.  This year has been the first year that I have not found any shoots of it - yet!  So, no, you can't kill it like that, though your pruning may have been al little ferocious.  Wait, all will be green again in due course. 

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 12:10

oh dear, I am very worried about your outbreak of 'childus slider', does it come complete with childus?

Problem weed!

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 12:08

Mares tail indeed, and no, it will not go away.  This plant has been around since the age of the dinosaurs, they grazed upon it, its roots are found several meters down in mines.  There are new weedkillers that claim to kill it, you can try one if you want to use lethal chemicals.  You can keep cutting its head off, not even mare tail likes that - or you can learn to live with it as many people do.  It will die down in the winter, giving you a time of hope that it has gone, it hasn't, and will pop up again come spring.  It is an incredibly successful plant.  Keep pulling it up where you can, cut it down as much as possible, dig the ground where it is - the black roots that look like thin liquorice strings are very distinctive, get out every bit as the tiniest bit left in the ground will grow a new plant.  Try the new weedkillers if you like, I shall wait with interest to see if there is new growth next year or not where they have been used. 


Posted: 25/08/2013 at 18:17

Not much really, the tree is taking all the nutrients out of the soil - if you go for a walk in a pine forest you will see there is no undergrowth to speak of except where there is a clearing where water and soil might gather.  The best way to get colour under such a tree is with raised beds - though they will also dry out quickly as your fir gets to take all there is in there, or pots and troughs.  Also with an east facing position, anything there really has got more than a sruggle on its hands - or roots as the case may be.   I have a large red sycamore and it is hard enough to get much going under there, but at least it drops its leaves and allows some light and moisture in during the winnter - but not under your pine.  

Well planted pots, left there for a few weeks, then rotated with others will do the trick, but you will need to move them out of there after a short while as they will suffer from darkness and cold in that situation.  Whatever you put in pots there will need to be well grown before you put it there for a while, well watered and fed before placing, then allowed a period of recuperation afterwards while another goes in its place - tough spot that. 


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 18:41

Used to grow large patch of various dahlias on my allotment as had no room in the garden.  Now I don't have the lottie any more, am beginning to grow a few in pots - I always loved them even when they were out of fashion - but I'm more keen on the singles than the rest, feel the beasties such as bees get a better deal with those. Am trying the bishops children next year too - have loved the bishop himself this ye, among others. 

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