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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!!

The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:36

I was also surprised, maybe he was just saying that they did not look so very nice in the bucket - rather than that they were disgusting in their own right?


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:34

Planted a white bell flowered campanula a few years ago, grows to about 2 - 21/5 foot, and has spread everywhere like the weed it is.  Also removed by the bucket load - roots under walls, steps - everywhere you can think of and a few places I never would have thought of.  It looks lovely for abut 10 minutes then descends to woody, dull leaved nothing muchness!

We also have a very tall pale pink, beautifully perfumed campanula, (lactiflora Lodden Anna), which is a joy - has clumped up to a good big mass but never seeds around (probbably sterile).  Forgot to stake it before i went on holiday so now lying over all its neighbours, my error, will try to remember earlier next year.  Strongly recommend this one if you want a large, pink, perfumed and beautiful campanula.

please ID this plant??

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 16:05

It can become a pernicious weed if left to its own devices.  There are 'tame' varieties, a small rock garden on which is well behaved, and a taller one whoch stays in a small clump.  The most invasive is an old one which was called 'rose of sharon', and it really is a pain to get rid of once established.  We moved here 16 years ago, and the garden was full of this hyoericum and red hot pokers.  The pokers went in one removal day, but they hypericum is still trying to re-establish itself - and often nearly succeeds if I am away or cannot get outside for a week or two!   It can look great in huge swathes in very large places or public gardens, but has o place in modern small spaces. 

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