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Free Cosmos Purity Seeds with March Issue

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 15:06

Mine have been flowering for over a month, inspite of very strong cold winds battering them.  However, I usually grow mixed colours which I prefer and which have much larger flowers  than these.  My 'purity' flowers are no bigger than a pink perennial geranium flower so quite insignificant but as I said, it may be due to dry and cold conditions here in the south-east.  In future I will stick with the coloured ones..

Forum names

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 08:03

I often try and imagine what the person looks like from the name they use.  I just knew dovefromabove was female until recently when HE made a comment that proved the opposite.

identification please

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 21:07

Thanks PaulaH and everyone else for all the info.  I would quite like it to seed and as you say biofreak it is a neat plant.  Now look forward to seeing how long the flowering time is going to be.  Love this site for so many interesting comments and identification of plants.

identification please

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 14:09

These were growing in pots when I acquired them and I was surprised when I planted them in soil that they do not grow from corms, but from roots.  They have been in flower now for two weeks.  Could they be from iris or gladioli family, please?



Posted: 11/06/2013 at 18:57

These plants only need spent flower stems removed.  I made the mistake a few years ago and cut all the plants down to the ground and they never regrew.  After getting advice, probably on this site, I bought another three, all different colours, and am so pleased with them.  Originally I had them planted in full sun in an exposed position but now know they will last for years in a partially shaded site which is sheltered.  For the last few years I have taken summer cuttings from them which are so easy to raise to full plants.

Female blackbird loses her mate - very sad

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 17:20

I had a blackbird's nest in my hawthorn hedge and everything was going along fine until, a few days ago, when I found three baby birds on the ground.  They were a fair size but without feathers, certainly not old enough to leave the nest, and had not been mutilated in any way. The nest has not been taken over by another bird and I'm left wondering what could have caused the sad happening.

what did I buy?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 17:12

I have now got a picture of the two plants.  The nepeta looks very floppy but I only potted on yesterday.  The other one is, I now also know, a coreopsis.  Is nepeta usually a floppy plant or should I trim it?  Thanks for your help Fairygirl


what did I buy?

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 09:19

Good morning Fairygirl, and thank you so much.  You are definitely right and that is the offer.  I had asked a neighbour and she identified the nepeta as agastache but, later, when I looked it up it didn't seem to bear any resemblance to the plants I have so at least I have another plant correctly identified. Have now checked my bank statement and the dates tally.  I'm pleased the plants are nepeta and coreopsis and will post a picture of them when they finally flower.  The foxgoves are healthy but won't flower this year but three, out of the six geum, have small spikes.  In fact, it was an excellent offer from T&M consisting of 24 plants.  I feel I must make that comment as have posted derogatory comments about that company in the earlier part of the year.

what did I buy?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 19:42

Hi lucky3, thanks for your reply.  I'm just being lazy and hoping someone still has a copy of GW mag or, alternatively, sent off for the collection.  The three I mentioned have all performed well but the mystery plant is rather spindly and is not giving any clues as to what it is.  If no one has knowledge of this collection tomorrow then I will take a picture.

what did I buy?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 15:21

Several months ago I bought four different types of plants from GW magazine (can't remember who I gave fit to) on offer of postage only from T&M.  The plants are agastache, geum and foxgove but I have no idea what the fourth group is.  Leaves are similar to penstemon but I don't think it's that as not so bushy as penstemon.  Did anyone else take up this offer and recognise what I'm talking about?

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