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What is this plant?

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 16:06

My mum has a ink one in a hanging basket. You propagate by a piece of stem cutting, let it dry and callus and then plant. So leaving it on the back seat of the car was serendipitous.

(P) on plant labels

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 08:28

Snoodle, you can either dig a whole plant up, overwinter it frost free,cut it down in spring and it will regrow. You can do cuttings then.

Or you can take cuttings of strong unflowered shoots about 7cm or 3incheslong, in August or September, and root them and just overwinter the cuttings. Or for belt and braces you could do both.

This year the outside one's were doing better than the dug up one, so I took cuttings off the outside one's in March. They are now in flower. Just luck, not what I would usually recommend.

Glyphosate killer in various forms

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 07:32

I would use that roundup gel should be possible jus t to get the butterbur leaves, and save the peony.

(P) on plant labels

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 07:25

Panda, a lot of frost tender perennials survived last winter. My argyranthemums are now huge and in full flower. Here they normally are dead  by November. In Perth, western Australia, with no frost, all the coloured argyranthemums grow like shrubs ,up to four feet across and as high. Gazanias are lawn weeds.


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 07:20

We had drizzle last night, so there were no stars to sleep under.

I slept under the duvet instead.

Help - Massive Bramble problem

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 07:05

Hannah, if you have cut the brambles down to stumps, paint them now with SBK brushwood killer.


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 06:47

Good morning,earlybirds.

I need coffee,then neighbours dogs to walk. They have gone away for the weekend,so I am feeding and walking them. One is fine, the other is having a major sulk.


Posted: 16/06/2014 at 06:43

I've grown Philadelphus virginal and aureus this way. Semi ripe cuttings are an easy way to increase shrubs for your garden.

Spirea and buddleja can be done this way too.


Posted: 15/06/2014 at 23:34

If you take a strong  unflowered shoot, about now, and dip in hormone rooting powder. Insert in a pot of gritty compost. Water it in, let it drain, and either stand in an unheated propagator or cover with plastic bag to reduce transpiration. It may take about eight weeks to root. You can leave it over winter in the small pot. When it starts to grow new leaves next spring, repot into a larger pot. If may take two years to flower.

ID Please

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 22:10

I've got Verbascum, Banana custard,this year.So far it looks identical to the great mullein,but its supposed to have larger individual flowers...i should know soon.

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