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Paper white narcissus

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 12:34

Sarah Raven recommends planting them in mid November

I've found that they rarely flower a second year - the bulbs having been exhausted because they've not been able to replenish the energy used as they've been grown in water.  I think most people discard them after Christmas.

what us this

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 12:29

I'm no expert on fungi - but I think this is one of the jelly fungi, possibly Auricularia auricula-judae ,  commonly known nowadays as Jelly-ear or Wood-ear fungus .

Is there some wood somewhere underneath those paving slabs?

saving acer

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 09:28

It looks like an elder to me - we can have a stab at saying which one when it grows new leaves next spring. 

In the meantime I'd cut every branch hard back to about 18" from the ground.  That will give the roots less plant to support. If you can feel  natural joints in the stems - a slight swelling where new shoots form - cut back to about an inch above one which is about 18" above soil level.  If you can't feel the joints don't worry about them at this stage.  Just cut the branches back to 18".

And don't water it any more.  It's leaves are falling - that's perfectly natural for this time of year - so it really doesn't need watering - the winter rains will be enough, and the roots also need oxygen - too much water will 'drown' them. 

Elder are pretty tough plants - don't panic - there's a very good chance it'll survive .  Good luck 

Leycesteria formosa--advice please

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 08:10
B3 wrote (see)

I like a few  stems in a vase but the actual plant is too - yellow. To me, it jars with the more subtle shades of spring. If it flowered in autumn, it would look good with the changing leaves.

That's the difference between F. suspensa and the F. x intermedia varieties - Suspensa is a much paler yellow with far fewer flowers on it's elegant weeping branches. 

Leycesteria formosa--advice please

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 07:12

Can't stand Forsythia x intermedia - horrid vivid yellow loo-brushes

but Forsythia suspensa is an elegant and beautiful shrub with delicate flowers, absolutely gorgeous underplanted with spring flowers in a woodland border and seen far too seldom.  Love it.


Posted: 30/10/2015 at 07:00

Good morning all

Chicky - I was too to read your good news yesterday evening, so my fingers and toes have been crossed all night   So glad all went well and OH is well on track to full fitness

DD hope the upgrade's finished.

I just want to reassure anyone who's had a message from NoraGW that she is a genuine member of Daniel's team in the GW office


Posted: 29/10/2015 at 20:31

Hello Jo

Budding author - probably struggling with the time zone difference

I'm going to have to doze now - see you in the morning folks   sweet dreams everyone ((hugs))


Posted: 29/10/2015 at 20:16

Of course you're involved Panda - you sausage   Think Nora's just easing herself in gently so as not to frighten us - except she has LOL


Posted: 29/10/2015 at 20:10

So am I Pat   Had planned to visit OH's niece  last weekend and we had to cancel 'cos of the car problem, so we'd planned to go this weekend then thought we were going to have to cancel again - so relieved we haven't got to change plans yet again


Posted: 29/10/2015 at 19:59

Morning Pat   Ayres Rock is Uluru now

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