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Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 11:34

Hi Jill 

Yes, you can trim them back to tidy them - I'd use the opportunity to take some cuttings as they're not long-lived plants - they'll root easily at this time of year.  More information here http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/plants/perennial-wallflower/78527.html 

If you need more information create a new thread (button towards the top right of the page) and put the name of the plant in the title.

Hope that helps 

bird nest in potato bag

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 11:30

Hmm yes, that site doesn't give the alarm call - have a look and listen to this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVD7dtXRdQo 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 09:30

I sat and watched loads of small whites and lots of little dusky orange and brown jobs on a huge bank of brambles yesterday - magical  

Everyone's going mad for chillies......

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 09:29

Why not have the best of both worlds Bekkie  http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/shop/collections/chocolate/chilli 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 09:17

I agree Verdun, but not everyone visits this thread so they don't pick up on our messages - never mind - the Mods will soon zap them 

fragrant honeysuckle

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 09:07

My absolute favourite honeysuckle is Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas' - a beautiful creamy flower with wonderful scent, particularly in the evening.

http://www.gardenersworld.com/plants/lonicera-periclymenum-graham-thomas/2307.html

Other 'traditional' honeysuckles are Belgica (early flowering) http://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/52050/Early-Dutch-honeysuckle/Details and Serotina (later flowering) http://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/93077/Late-Dutch-honeysuckle/Details both of which have the creamy gold flowers tipped with red and both are deliciously fragrant. 

You couldn't go wrong with any of them - I've managed to fit all three into my garden 

Plant needed for round year interest for small border

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 07:56

If only the weeds will grow the soil is probably lacking in fertility - weeds are good at growing in poor soil but most garden plants need more nutrition.  

Regular applications of manure and Fish Blood and Bone are needed to increase the long term fertility of that border.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 07:49
Fairygirl wrote (see)

.... I'd love the balloon ride I think....a view of earth you wouldn't normally get. ....

Fairy, I'd have thought that with those wings of yours you'd be quite used to that sort of view 

Anyone knows what is this yellow-leaf plant?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 07:45

Mel, my elderly Book of Houseplants published by Octopus in 1978 says:

"Codiaeum (Croton) - (16-18C/61-6F South East Asia) Challenging plants that are available  in many shades of orange, red and yellow, white, cream and purple-black, with some plants having all these colours in many shades present in a single leaf.  In keeping with the majority of plants with highly-coloured leaves, Joseph's Coat is not at all easy to care for and will require the conditions that most tender plants demand and the skills of the experienced grower to maintain them in good order.  In ideal greenhouse conditions plants will attain of height of 3m/10ft or more, by which time they are a truly magnificent sight; as a pot plant the usual height is 60cm/2ft.  Maximum sunlight, though no scorching, is essential if they are to retain their exotic colouring, and it is also important that the soil should at no time be allowed to dry out.  Liquid feeding of established plants once a week during summer must not be neglected, and it will be found that mature plants will require fertilizer at at least double the strength that the manufacturer recommends.  To pot these greedy feeding plants into soil-less mixture would be a waste of effort, as it is important that loam should be included in the mixture.  Propagate by means of cuttings about 13cm/5in in length taken from the top-most growth of the plant.  Treat the severed end with rooting powder before inserting the cutting in a peat and sand mixture - the temperature in the propagator must be in the region of 20C/68F.  Although conditions are not ideal, crotons will go on for a considerable time in a warm room that is well provided with windows."

I would point out that this book was written for the northern European market - I'm sure in your climate you don't find this such a challenging plant. 

I hope that is helpful 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 07:09

Good morning KEF 

I think I'd rather be on the boat than the balloon ride too, although the view across the river valley and the marshes here must be wonderful on a morning like this 

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