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Identify thorny orange / red flower ?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:40

Those look like the seedpods of last year's wallflowers to me - a common sight in my mother's garden as she could never bear to discard a plant if it would continue growing.  

As wallflowers are of the brassica family they will continue to grow and flower in following years, but because the old growth dies off and the the new growth and flowers are at the tips they don't look fantastic - so we pull them up and grow them as biennials. 

There is a rose bush growing in front of the wallflower - that's got the thorns on it. 


Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:37

Bill - our thoughts are with you and your family.  A friend lost her son in very similar circumstances just before Christmas - it's very hard.  I am so sorry. 

3 grafted varieties on apple tree

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:35

Believe it or not, the best thing to do is to prune the spindly growth hard, and don't prune the stronger growth as hard.  

Pruning encourages growth so  next time, by leaving the Golden D. more or less unpruned and giving the others a bit of a shock they will grow bigger and stronger and it will all balance up eventually.

Design student looking for help!

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:29

Water on the leaves of any plant, flower or vegetable, provides ideal conditions for fungal infections causing rot etc - watering should be kept to the soil only in almost all cases. 

Hydrangea in need of TLC

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:27

Sorry, I meant to add that I follow the RHS pruning advice here

Hydrangea in need of TLC

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:23

If you want to achieve a good blue from a mop-head hydrangea and your garden soil is alkaline then it should be grown in a container in ericaceous compost, and then watered occasionally with hydrangea colourant (ammonium sulphate).  This is what I've done for years and have had beautiful deep blue blooms - they were wonderful additions to the church flowers for my daughter's wedding in 2012.

 This one was just fading to mauve in autumn, but you can see the depth of the blue. 

Identify thorny orange / red flower ?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:15

I think Erysimum too, either a perennial or one of the types more usually grown as a biennial, but not pulled up and discarded as usual and because of the mild winter it's flowering again. 

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 13:54

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:27

Doing mine this week David! Promise!  

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:26

Norwich was famous for all the crocuses around the inner ring road - more recently they've planted spring bulbs alongside other roads too - lovely to look forward to 

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