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Posted: 25/06/2017 at 21:36

They are biennial in that they don't flower until the second year plus sometimes, as you have found, they will go on for another year or so as short lived perennials.

i think plants just like to keep us on our toes and they don't bother to read the text books 🙂

sweet rocket disaster

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 18:44

It's very important to check whether the site you are looking at is relevant for the uk. Several very polpular uk plants are considered invasive and banned in the USA including our gorgeous honeysuckle lonicera japonica, a garden special here nandina domestics and even spiraea japonica.

It's the extreme of the local differences we have where some people find a plant a thug in their garden and others a joy whI had behaves itself beautifully.

Feeling jinxed or going colour blind?

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 10:23

Hi Victoria, I find that its very hard to judge true shades from photos - online or on packets. Have often found with bulbs that the say pink or purple I'm expecting from the photo is not quite what it looks like in real like.

Love the dahlias Hogweed, but they couldn't be more pink and less orange if they tried!

Can anyone identify these

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 10:19

It could also be one if the perennial sunflowers maybe helianthus lemon queen?

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Feeling jinxed or going colour blind?

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 09:49

Am glad I'm not the only one having surprises. Although I have never had so many in one year.

Pruning Jasmine Officinale

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 08:49

Ahah, I'm with you now, misunderstood your post. I would see if you can retrieve some of the shoots But also if you give the side you want to increase a good prune that should prompt new growth on that side.

What flower is this?!

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 08:46

Well done, never heard of that before

Feeling jinxed or going colour blind?

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 08:43

Am beginning to feel jinxed this year.

My Eschscholzia Ivory Castle are all bright golden yellow (clue as to what I was expecting is in the name)

Most of my Cosmos Purity are Xanthos (which I grew as well so suspect seeds from same supplier were all Xanthos)

My mixed sweet peas - pinks, purples, reds - are ALL a dull dirty red

The first of my Sunflower Earthwalkers to flower are bog standard yellow instead of the dark rich colours they should be

and finally this morning my Lavatera Barnsley has produced its first flowers and they are 


I do enjoy some serendipity in life and the garden but.........

My new westeria is dying in the Phoenix heat

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 08:04

Hi Laurie, most of us are uK based so our experience if heat won't quite match yours 🙄

In the UK, we generally find that wisteria is just too hungry and thirsty a beast to grow successfukly in a container. It would certainly need a large one and very regular watering. Plants sometimes protect themselves  by dropping their leaves during a drought so I would keep it well watered and hopefully it will recover.

We do have some members in hotter climes so they may be along soon which some more advuce.

Last edited: 25 June 2017 08:04:57

What to do with foxgloves when season over.

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 08:01

I wish I had a display like yours cloggie. I think my problem Ss that the seedlings look very much like those of the weed  alkanet, which we have in abundance and are fighting a long slow war of attrition against. Think I am just about getting to know the difference when they are quite small. I know the roots are very different but thats rather a drastic ID test unless you weed very gently and carefully : )

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