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What's my spikey plant??

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 21:27

That is a very nice  Phormium Pam 

Unlikely to get much bigger in height except when it produces a flower spike, which is just that - a tall spike with small insignificant flowers. If you don't like it there, you could move it, but you could also lift and divide it into several smaller plants to put elsewhere. They'll take a couple of years to get to that height again. 

Pretty but tough plants to secure boundary

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 21:17

Funny you should mention dog rose too - after I posted I took daughter's friend home and we pass a house which has that as a hedge. Only drawback is that it grows quickly so you'd have to trim it a lot. The owner of that house is always clipping it as he keeps it quite a tight height and width, but it loses the flowers as you say, so may not be so suitable. 

Pyracantha's great Dave but the OP isn't allowed a hedge so it might be more tricky to keep as a stand alone shrub. I have some along my boundary fence for exactly  the reasons you mention! 


Posted: 27/08/2014 at 21:10

Ggirl -I've lost count of the number of  buckets of paint I've gone through here! I got timber delivered last week and also half a dozen bags of sand so it was on a pallet...I thought of you right away! I'll use it for  a lid for the compost bin 

Lesley - my youngest informed me today that she intends moving out by the time she's twenty. This is the same child who, when she was about nine, wanted me to convert the garage at a previous house so that she could live there when she was older....

KEF - know what you mean... 

Pretty but tough plants to secure boundary

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 20:08

I sympathise totally Cdanie - some people are so thoughtless and rude. The usual 'deterrants' are things like Berberis which is nice and jaggy! The evergreen ones have yellow or orange flowers though so that may not suit your scheme. Perhaps you'll have to change it though to get a more suitable barrier. They won't step on berberis too often 

You can trim that to shape, but you could alternate it with something more to your liking colourwise like Hebes.  They'll form a dense barrier and although they flower- they're not really the kind that people might be tempted to pick as the stems are short. Most of the flowers are shades of white through to purple and there are varieties with purpley foliage. All sorts of heights and types and many are readily available. Pretty low maintenance too. If there was enough room, you could maybe keep the alliums etc more on your side so that they can't reach those.

Tomato truss broken

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 19:59

Is it your Moneymakers Fishy? Mine are slowly getting paler on their way to ripening. I leave them till they come off the plant quite easily, but they're usually a good tomato red if you know what I mean 

I did the same as you the other day - knocked two toms off a plant 

Some of mine are exceptionally large this year! I think I could make enough tomato sauce for a big batch of Bolognese with about three tomatoes.

If they ever ripen that is... 

Clearing a garden

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 19:50

What you need is to get your sprinkler rigged up with a motion activator....a good drenching will get rid if them!  

Clearing a garden

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 19:45

Mr T - once your grass has grown (it will, IT WILL!) - you'd better watch out for those two women that nicked that front lawn recently! 

I suggest a cctv camera....


Posted: 27/08/2014 at 19:30

Just awaiting dinner so having a little catch up. Been painting timber - I'm thinking of buying shares in Ronseal...

Thanks for that info earlier on the Cimcifugas Verd. They were all bought at roughly the same time, same nursery, same size, planted in same aspect, and had the same care.The two which have good flower spikes are the same variety - one is still in a pot - and the other one has grown well until around July, but just seems to have faltered which was concerning me.  I'm sure it had a flower spike when I bought it - the other two certainly did - but perhaps I'm wrong. Hopefully it's not a problem and it will come on better next year. 

Lesley - mine get hunted if they don't put stuff in the recycling. Youngest has a habit of putting it all in the bin instead of the various doo dahs. At least they don't leave it beside bins though! 

A 'Plant ID' forum topic

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 19:12

Great that you've found the forum so helpful FC. In the eighteen or so months I've been here, I've had loads of wonderful  advice and help from  other members, and also lots of support. Long may it continue. There are some terrific people here   

Dove's right - there are lots of plans in place for the site, so that will make it even better. 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 19:03

Lovely poppy MrsG, and speaking of which - this  opened today

 so I moved the pot to get another pic

 The first lot sown didn't germinate.   This is the only one which germinated from the second sowing.

There was something rather poignant about only having one....

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