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Escallonia 'Apple Blossom' - few flowers

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 09:22

I have an escallonia 'apple blossom' which is probably 12 years old. I understand they flower on new wood , so every year after flowering just trim it into shape. It used to be covered in flowers but over the past few years has produced fewer and fewer. Would it stand a really hard cut back and be reinvigorated? Or has it has its day and needs to go?

Manufacturers please note

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 11:34

I think this is quite a patronising response. It may be 'simples' for you but why should we have to do it? And how about those of us with grip problems for whom nutcrackers are a whole issue in themselves? I agree with Lily - it's completely over the top and nothing whatsoever to do with protecting the consumer - just the manufacturers covering themselves.

Help needed identifying these seedlings.

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 15:52

This is why  - if I am sowing seeds which I know I won't recognise when they germinate -  I always do it in sterile shop-bought compost and start them off in the greenhouse. Then I know whatever comes up HAS to be what was sown!

HELP! Rapidly growing plant / weed ??

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 15:28

I'm afraid (and unfortunately you should be too) that it's Japanese Knotweed

Compost for sowing seeds

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 15:25

Same as artjak, I use my own for easily recogniseable seeds, so that I can identify and pull out the weeds. I have a rotary sieve I use to break down my compost to a suitable size, like this one:

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Posted: 03/12/2013 at 10:39

Redcurrant vodka. Redcurrants, vodka, sugar, large screw-top jar (catering sizes of pickle jars work well). Put together in September, shake a few times until the sugar is dissolved. Decant just before Christmas.

ID please

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 16:38

Actually I think it's a Plectranthus hybrid called 'Mona Lavender' hence my Dad thinking it was part of the lavender family.  In fact they are related to mint and deadnettle. Good website here:

ID please

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 16:17

Rusflorum: I think you've got it! Fantastic - thanks so much

ID please

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 17:52

Thanks for all your replies - it is beautiful, isn't it? The flowers are a pale mauve - I had the flash on on my phone which makes them look whiter than they are. I think you are all right - a salvia of some sort. The leaves have a darker, almost red underside. They do look like the the amistad one but websites say this is a very new plant - my Dad has had it many years - and that it's hardy which this isn't.

ID please

Posted: 23/11/2013 at 17:06

Can anyone help identify this please? My Dad got the original from a cutting years ago, and propagates it each year. It's not hardy so he grows it in pots and brings it indoors in the winter (SE England - the photos were taken today). He says he thinks it's from the 'lavender family' but from the leaves I don't think that can be true. Neither leaves nor flowers have scent. The flower spikes are about 8 cm long.



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