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Help with Identification please

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:36

Flowers look like greater stitchwort, but the leaves don't look the same as the photo in my Wild flower book.

clay soil late summer flowers (slug proof but bee friendly)

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:30

I've got clay soil and I have several plants that bloom Aug/sept. I love my heliopsis, tall yellow daisy flowers.Like to spread so keep it under control, but it will bloom for a good 8-9 weeks. Valerian, michaelmas daisy, marigolds, golden rod, gaillardia, all seem to love the clay. A favourite is Hypericum 'Magical red star' has pretty yellow flowers which fade and scarlet red berries follow, so the colour goes on for ages.

Hope I've been some help. I keep a diary of whats flowering and when, so I can see at a glance when plants are at their best,

Your thoughts please

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:12

I've got a fabulous Fatsia japonica (castor oil plant) that I think meets your requirement. Large shiny leaves, not quite lime green but bright green. Even has candelabra-like flowers in October. Grows to about 10 ft. There is a variegated type available. I love mine , it's big and bold!

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 21:52

There was even a comment about the quality of MPC's on Peter Seabrook's gardening page of a popular newspaper on May 12th, under the heading 'SICK OF CON-POST'

"Sales of compost in April were around 38% down on last year and, as usual, the producers are simply blaming the rain.But shouldn't they also look at whether people are getting fed up with poor results from the growing media they buy? Recently we have had compost containing glass, Formica and wood. As material such as wood breaks down it takes in nitrogen-a substance vital to plant growth. Without it the plant dies. Losing plants in this way is a waste of time and money. Maybe if compost performed like it used to, sales figures would look better."

I doubt if this comment was from the man himself, but we need someone with some clout to start doing something about it.


Posted: 25/05/2012 at 21:18

I've just planted my q's into the greenhouse today. I make sure the stems don't get too wet by sinking a piece of drainpipe or a plant pot with the bottom cut off into the soil  nearby. Then I only water into that and the water goes down to near the roots. Works for me, not had any rot so far.

Need help identifying

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 12:13

Looks a bit like spiraea trilobata from the small leaves I can see. Have a look at this site.

Talkback: Vine weevil

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 12:01

Have a look at this site, very good pics and advice.

Magnolia Grandiflora

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 11:49

When I had mine from the nursery it was about 5 years before I had a flower. 20 years later, it's the focal point of the garden with flowers 20cm acroos with a fabulous lemony perfume. Be patient, it's worth the wait!


Posted: 24/05/2012 at 11:32

I think the lack of colour this year was due to the weather conditions, and the fact that lots of the show gardens are much more naturalistic. I was astonished how many gardens had what most gardeners would consider weeds growing in them. I won't feel so bad now, as my garden has buttercups, wild geum,cow parsley, and other so called weeds, grown deliberately, as I like them. I just have to keep an eye on the spreading each year.  After all a weed is only a misplaced plant

Lavender from Seed

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 11:23

Last autumn when I trimmed my lavender plant, all the little snippets,( some only 1 inch long), I stuck into a pot of grit /mcp mix and covered with a lemonade bottle. They stayed in a cold greenhouse all winter and now I see I have 8 little plants , some now 5 inch high with good roots coming through the holes at the bottom. I'm amazed they took so easily. Will do the same next year to increase stock. Will pot them on now the warmer weather is here. Would recommend anyone to have a go this way. Could easily do on a windowsill if no greenhouse available.

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