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Tall plants for a north facing wall?

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 15:33

Basically you don't do anything much.  I'd set some white foxglove seeds and scatter them there now.  They're biennials so they'll off this year, disappear over winter, reappear next spring and bloom about now.  Then they will scatter their seeds and most of them will die and you pull them up in the autumn/winter.

Next spring I'd scatter some more white seeds about, so you have succession the following year, but after that they'll probably seed themselves about quite happily.

If you've got wild ones about they'll probably cross-pollinate and you'll get some with the pinky mauve hues - you can usually tell those plants as they're beginning to develop flower spikes if not before, as they have pinkish tinges, so if you want to keep to all white ones you can pull the pink ones out. 

If you get a lot of cross-pollinated ones you might find it better just to scatter some white seeds every spring.


couple of plants for ID please!

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 15:24
nutcutlet wrote (see)

2 looks like Viburnum tinus to me. 

4 doesn't look like Clematis armandii, clematis stems don't twine

i can see flower buds there. some sort of honeysuckle?

But in the pic the stems at the front are not twining round and round like a honeysuckle are they?  There's just wandering in and out of stuff. 

There's something twining further back - that looks more like a honeysuckle.


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 14:48

Wow!  just reporting in - Pak choi sown direct on the 15th has germinated beautifully and was big enough for me to thin out!!!    The plan was to grow this alongside where I've planted the runner beans, and because it's a quick grower it should all be harvested by the time I need to walk along there to pick the beans - looks like the plan's going to work 

Plant ID, please

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 14:22

Agree - evening primrose 

Should I interfere with the onion?

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 14:21

The planted onion won't turn into lots of onions - onions are biennial which means that in the first year they grow from a seed to a plant and in an onion's case the base of the stem swells to store energy for the future - this is when we harvest and cook it.  

If it is allowed to grow into it's second year (which is what you've allowed it to do by planting it) it will put up flower stalks and produce flowers and seeds.  

The onion bulb will shrink and wither away as its energy will have been used to produce the flower and seeds. 

Plant ID, buddleia? One other.

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 13:40

Agree with Nut.  

1. Not a buddleia  - those are willow herbs - don't leave them unless you want them everywhere - they'll flower and seed this year. 

2. a Sisyrinchium.  

Lawn Problems

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 13:32

I'm wondering whether you had a lot of salt spray in the winds - certainly a problem around the East Anglian coast.

'Treated' beans and peas?

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 12:00

Do they have a 'brand' name?

Tall plants for a north facing wall?

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 11:58

I think white foxgloves would love it there.  

We grow foxgloves, honeysuckle and some clematis and roses against a north facing fencne.

Cheap strawberries in Lancashire? or online?

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 11:58

"Half the stems have snapped"  but half haven't - pot them up in fresh compost - they'll soon grow some more - honestly, in a week's time you'll hardly know it's happened 

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