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Plant identifying help

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 22:07

Glad that is settled, yes a picture always helps, though in this case the descrition gave little other choice. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 15:29

Ridiculous, I've put the heating on as my OH is studying, thus sitting still - and is freezing!!  Still, the alliums are attracting some hardy bees, but please, please may we have some warm sunshine soon - for longer than a week this time? Please............

seeds not germinated

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:44

Debbie 11, don't forget to add lots of grit into your lovely clay soil - it opens it up and allows drainage.  One it gets going there is no better soil for growing  things in, but it is hard work to start with. 

japanese maple

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:41

Keep it somewhat shaded, feed and protect it and it will almost certainly come back - they do put up with alot of abuse before turning up their toes.  You don't need to repot them, though I understand that as its roots were in the wood that you wanted to.  I have seen one over 25 year old, flourishing, in quite a small pot from which it had never been moved.  Choose a good pot, and then leave it alone for a few years - it will delight you for many more with any luck. 

swiss cheese plant

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:33

.... indeed, that's how I lost a huge one a few years ago.  There are some things that don't need or enjoy an outside the house time, and for me, this is one of them. 

Talkback: Unpleasant plant smells

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:31

I know what you mean about privet flowers, but the butterflies adore them.  I satisfy them and make me feel a bit better about providing something for the flutterbyes by gr owing one in a pot  (now ther is a surprise huh?) well away from anywhere it might offend anyones nose.  The flutterbyes find it, I don't have to - and it fills a rather dull corner quite well. 

top 5

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:23

I loved the late, great and sadly missed Christopher Lloyds answer to this question - when asked what was his favourite plant - he said  'the one I am looking at at the moment', and I suspect he is right.  I could name five now, then in an hour spot something else and realise that's a favourite too -  like just about everyone else here. 

Lupin problems

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:20

Indeed, pests are kept in check in nature, by birds, and other insects which eat thier neighbours.  We love to intervene, kill  anything that we don't like the look of, and then wonder why we have every bug known, and a few that weren't a few years ago (lily beetle for example).   Since I stopped using sprays and things a few years ago, my plants are healthier, I have lots of garden birds and fewer pests.  I do have to say the first couple of years were awful as a balance was brought about - and I do use copper tape and grit to discourage creeping things.  I also give up on plants that are just obviously not happy here, no good growing something that you watch die for the next three years.  

I am not now totally organic, which makes me sad, but there is nothing local to use for lily beetle, as it is an import and nothing here will eat it.  For the lilies in pots, and nowhere else, I do use a bug killer. Had I known what I know now I may never have started with lilies, but a hundred or so later it is rather too late for that.  Having said that, I have not used bug killer this year yet, not because we don't have lily beetle, we do, but we also have hundreds of ladybirds and I certainly do not want to kill those, or their strange looking young. 

Garden gaffes

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:11

Plants don't read the books, watch the telly, listen to the radio or read their labels!!  Most of them have an overwhelming desire to live, and will do their best to do so no matter what we do to them.  It is probaby true that a plant that evolved in the middle of a rain forest might not do well in a dry sunny garden (what is a dry sunny garden?) but it will jolly well try before sucumbing - giving you a chance to realise what is wrong and move it.   I agree re light leaved, and light flowered, plants - they are often better in some shade, not matter what the labels say.

By the by, what makes you think plant labels are written by experts?  I know someone who worked in a printing place, where labels for a very famous provider of plug plants had their work done  They were told to put 'grow in full sun' onto most things, as people found it more positive and were more likely to buy the plant.  Never mind having to buy it again, and again, and again .................

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:04

cool and greyish now, was sunny earlier on but the clouds have built up steadily since.  Not actually raining tho' for which I am thankful.  Did alot of weeding yesterday as the ground was so wet, they came out much more easily than usual.  

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