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Can anyone please help with naming this plant?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 19:30

I've enlarged the photo - it's definitely Hesperis matronalis - foliage, flowers and immature seed pods are identical to mine except mine is the white form. Mine is on a shady north facing bank. If the purple one gets plenty of sunlight that will explain why it's doing so well. This appears to be a very good year for Sweet Rocket 

Last edited: 22 June 2016 19:31:45

Random holes in flower garden

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 19:15
masshomeowner says:

@ladybird4: I will take the pictures with a coin next to the holes and post again. However, just to give you an idea they are either the size of a quarter or in some case slightly bigger than a quarter (let's say 1.5 times of a quarter). Again, these holes are about 2-3 inch deep and some of the soil is always spread down from beneath the mulch.

@Davefromabove: Yes, Massachusetts

See original post

 Maybe some actual measurements rather than a quarter - we have pounds and pence over here. 


Posted: 22/06/2016 at 17:49

Tennis this morning, then gardening this afternoon, got two rows of Swiss chard Lucullus and one row of beetroot sown and lots of little tidying jobs done.  Also OH (under instruction) moved the big pot with the Campsis radicans along the terrace a bit to give it and the fig a bit more room.Sitting in a shady corner of the terrace, behind some pots, was another toad - not as big as the last one but very handsome all the same.  As I had to move the pots I put a broken piece of a large terracotta pot in the corner to replace them and provide him with a bit of privacy.  

After that, the rest of the afternoon was spent on the lounger under the tree with a G&T listening to the birds and bees and the plop from the frogs in the pond ........ absolute bliss 

Plant ID, Rose

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 17:03

I'll be visiting Peter Beales' nursery on Friday - I'll see if I can find one that looks like your photo 

lawn fungus

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 16:58

Definitely not honey fungus.  As Ladybird says, they're just feeding on the decaying matter in the ground and making it available to your plants.  Part of Nature's wonderful world. 

Reluctant foxgloves

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 14:07

Definitely leave them - they'll bloom next year 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 13:44

Good advice Obelixx - get things on paper and notarised - so often we can rely on someone keeping their word, only for them to back track later on.  

With you DD ((hugs))

Japanese anenome under new turf

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 13:31

Very carefully mix some weedkiller with a little wallpaper paste so that it forms a sort of gel, and paint it on to the anemone leaves carefully - don't mow it until it has withered and gone brown.  

Last edited: 22 June 2016 13:32:02


Posted: 22/06/2016 at 10:38

Not sure if we have room for three kiwis - they take up quite a bit of space - and if I've got to get them all through puberty 

Honeysuckle Scarlet Drop dying?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 08:01

Hmm - honeysuckle don't like dry conditions - they need to have their roots in cool damp soil otherwise they're liable to succumb to powdery mildew - but they do need it to be well-drained - there's a difference.

I think the watering has been overdone - particularly as it's newly planted and just getting it's roots going.  Also, the weather has hardly been drought-like 

Also I would have planted it further away from the base of the wall - at least a foot to eighteen inches, then train it back towards the wall.  The base of a wall can be very dry - not only will it be in a rain-shadow but the foundations act like a sponge.

If the honeysuckle is planted further away from the wall it'll be less dependent upon being watered manually. 

Good luck 

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