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Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:20

This was posted by Sotongeoff on another thread:

There seems to be a problem with uploading pictures using the direct link option-this has been reported as a bug and hopefully will be fixed soon.

I have found you can still upload pictures by using the external site option from a photo sharing site like flickr or photobucket by clicking on "external site" and posting the link

It is an alternative until the bug is fixed



Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:11

No photo - two furry plants I know Mullein or Verbascum, sometimes viewed as a weed but I like it and pull up those that have self seeded in the wrong places and keep the rest. Lambs' ears or Stachys byzantina is the other, more grey than green though green when young, not a weed. I think it is more likely to be mullein as it self seeds easily. Google it and take a look.

Position and pruning of Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 08:54

Hi Chaconia, I wonder too....let's see what the winter and spring bring!

cortaderia selloana splendid star

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 23:25

Hi, I copied the info below from the Gardener's World web site.Although I haven't grown this variety before it sounds manageable.They say it often does not reach the height  of 120 cm and it is this height with the flowers. I would place it at the back of the border as even if it does not get to its full height you will be able to grow a lot of other smaller plants in front of it. It also does not come into its own until late summer so for a lot of the year its leaves can be a backdrop for other plants.Hope this helps.


From Gardener's World web site: Traditional pampas grass is a familiar sight in the grounds of many stately homes, but it's often too big and bulky for many smaller gardens. Fortunately, this recently introduced dwarf variety has revived interest in this plant and it's being used more frequently by gardeners look for something a bit different. The plant retains its leaves throughout the year and has delicate, golden-green leaves that give a garden a modern, prairie-style look. It produces tall, feather-like white flowers in late summer that will double the height of the plant, although it rarely reaches higher than 1.2m (4ft). It does best in a sunny or partially shaded spot, and prefers light, sandy or well-drained soil.

Family: Gramineae

Genus: Cortaderia

Species: selloana

Cultivar: Splendid Star

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 120cm

Position and pruning of Sorbus aria 'Lutescens'

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 23:09

Hi, my tree is is about 12 yrs old too.In pruning, I have only removed lower branches in late winter and they have healed well. My tree does not regularly flower and produce fruit. Two years ago it produced 1 bunch of flowers and no fruit. Last year it produced both and was covered in both flowers and fruit all over - the first time this has happened.This year it produced neither! I can see no rhyme or reason  for the production or otherwise of flowers/fruit and usually look at other white beams locally to see how they are performing.


Posted: 15/09/2012 at 23:01

Winter jasmine will need tied in as it doesn't climb like summer flowering varieties. I have it and love it but it can become very bushy and needs cut back after it finishes flowering to keep it in shape and space.If you grow something else through it, you need to be aware that pruning lay well be difficult and you may prune the wrong bits!

There is an evergreen variety - Trachyospermum jasminoides AGM-star jasmine. It flowers in the summer, climbs and retains its shiny leaves. It needs a sheltered, sunny spot.

Identification help

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 22:51

I don't know but hopefully this link will help as there are a lot of green caterpillars.

Sedum Collapse

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 18:59

The seed heads and stems can remain throughout the winter for two reasons - the seed heads look pretty and they help to protect the plant from the weather. The seed heads and stems will both dry out and the stems will become dry and hollow. As the plant has already collapsed you might like to remove some now after the flowers have died and the rest in late winter/spring - if they look a mess , just remove them all. New growth - stems and leaves will start in spring and this new growth will give you  flowers next year.


Posted: 13/09/2012 at 22:13

Could be a ruby tiger moth caterpillar. Google and take a look, see what you think

pruning a young laurel hedge

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 22:09

I agree as it might encourage it to put on new growth now. That new growth could then be hit by frost knocking the young plants back and looking unsightly too.

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