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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. 

I don't know what these are

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 15:12

Some people would refer to them as weeds, however if you like them and they are in a place you are happy to give them space, then they are not weeds - enjoy them.  If you don't want them to spread about, deadhead them, and don't let them set seed.  Otherwise, they will spread and come up in the most unlikely of places  -  which can be fun. 

slugs / snail eggs

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 16:45

Put them out in the garden in a clear place and Mr Robin will be very happy with them for his tea!  My home robin watches carefully when I tidy the gravel and top layer of compost in the hosta pots, in the hope there will be slug eggs in there.  Not so many these days since the use of copper tape, but what there are he loves. 

Plant/flower id please

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 16:42

they taste slightly less nasty if put in a plain bread sandwich - asuming the headache allows you to eat anything.  I believe you can make a tea from feverfew for headaches, but I don't have the correct recipe - might be worth hunting up maybe? 

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