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Can anyone identify these

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 10:19

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

Last edited: 25 June 2017 10:19:28

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 : )

Pruning Jasmine Officinale

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 07:54

You may get less flowers but it should recover. I think you might be better trying to retrain it completely and stopping it going next door.  if the majority of flowers are next door that might suggest it prefers theif aspect - maybe it gets more sun on their side. I suspect if you continue let it grow through, that's the side which will always be bigger and more floriferous.

It can be frustrating, at our old house we had a beautiful clematis which always gave our neighbours a far better show than us. Although like your Jasmine it would in theory grow in shade, it didn't stop it constantly going off to the sunnier side of the fence 😕


Posted: 25/06/2017 at 07:46

Trailing petunias don't need deadheading  Which I only discovered a few years ago. We grew them in our  2nd floor window boxes  when we had a flat. They grew and created a waterfall of flowers about 4-5 feet long so definitely not within reach fior deadheading. They kept flowering right until the first frosts. 

Was delighted to see they didn't need deadheading as I hate the sticky feel. You might struggle getting trailing ones as they seem to sell out quite quickly. Our GC still had lots of petunias earlier this week with  new delivery in, all looked great but they didn't have trailing and weren't expecting tim get any more. One the other hand you might get some real bargains as lots of bedding is being reduced - what about trailing lobelia, verbena or pelagoniums?

Clematis & climbing roses - white & white

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 07:29

Might be worth trying to see your choices in real life just to make sure you are happy with any whites that are going to be in bloom together and close or intermingled as you don't want to end up with whites that don't complement each other. For example Mdme Carriere is lovely but is what I would call a soft white and has a pale hint of pink whilst some whites are much more crisp.

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