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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:51

gorgeous colour, Kef. Are you going to save seed from it?

What is this plant

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 08:45

That border is very much a work in progress. The left hand side of the grass walk is supposed to be the wild flower meadow, and the right hand side is a long herbaceous border, but they seeded themselves, and in the absence of anything to replace them ,I left them.One spike was fasciated which added to the interest.  One year we had mullein moth caterpillars all over one, but I think the photos are on film and not digital.The self seeded Teasels got pretty enormous last year  too.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 04:57

 The star changes from day to day now, everything is changing so fast.

Todays star is Roscoea cautleoides Kew Beauty.

Children's garden full of rocks & weeds

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 04:03

I'm assuming you have fallen victim to predictive texting? What should "cornmeal gluten" have really been?

 If there is a membrane  weed barrier sheet, the weeds should just be annuals rooting into the mulch. If you cant use chemicals, its back to liberal use of a hoe or hand pulling.

What is this plant

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 03:59

These photos were taken last July.

 As you can see, they get quite big in fertile soil. The tap roots were hard to get out. I advise removing after flowering but before they scatter seed all over.

What is this plant

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 03:12

Sorry, I always call it yellow mullein but the official name is great mullein, aka Verbascum thapsus.

What is this plant

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 03:08

The flower spike has lots of individual round yellow flowers on it, not one single big flower like a sunflower.

What is this plant

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 03:05

I had some last year,that went up to 9 feet when in flower. This year I am growing verbascum banana custard, which should have bigger flowers than the wild variety.

They are biennial,like foxgloves and teasels.Seed scattered this year form overwintering rosettes which shoot up to flower next year.

Sad day, got brighter

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 23:27

Mike, all I can say is... you hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

Enjoy yourself now, you never know what is around the corner.


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 23:25

Aquilegias,foxgloves,mulleins, seem slug proof.

Forgetmenots don't get eaten, but do provide hiding places.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Has anyone got a trail cam for night time critter visits?

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Brugmansia cuttings.

how to take brugmansia cuttings. 
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white mouse

Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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fungi identification please

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A walk at Attenborough by the River Trent.

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squash crown prince

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Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

I always thought that potatoes need a lot of water. Certainly the potato growers in Lincolnshire seem to use water cannons to irrigate throu... 
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Talkback: Grass snakes

Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Fascinated by Fasciation

Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Talkback: Seven-spot ladybirds

This year is the first time I have seen ladybirds mating. Then I found another lot the same day.I recorded them as well. Well, I would soone... 
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ladybirds mating?

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Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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Identification needed

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