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I D Please

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 11:00

There was a gorgeous one growing in the sand at the edge of the beach in North Sulawesi. We passed it every morning going to the dive boat. The spent flowers would be on the ground. The most exotic thing I've seen. Constant 30centigrade all year round.

Can anyone please help with naming this plant?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 10:57

I think it is hesperis. The leaves are wrong for erysimum Bowles mauve, although the flowering habit is OTT for hesperis.

I D Please

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 10:52

Sorry.. Albizia . It won't let me edit.

I D Please

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 10:50

I think it is Albrizzia julibrissin. (Silk tree)It should flower with pretty silky pom poms. I think it only likely in a conservatory in this country. They were advertising them a lot a couple of years ago.

Nematodes and slug control

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 10:17

Frogs are good. I put slug pubs down last night and have just inspected them. Near the pond, they have not caught any. Hostas near the pond do not have holes. I caught the most next to the French beans, which are the furthest from the pond.  I have a resident frog in the greenhouse. He has his own personal pond(a dish of water)


Posted: 23/06/2016 at 09:31

Well all we seem to have had is football, more football, news of hooligans fighting over football, tennis, and the referendum. Today is voting day.  Rain is forecast but is humid here at the moment. I think it might be a bad year for blight on potatoes, given the conditions.

I have a few stray potatoes coming up in the lines of gladioli. I think they are Sarpo varieties which are blight resistant, so time will tell.

I have raspberries ready for picking. Just have to beat the blackbirds to them. 


Posted: 23/06/2016 at 08:56

I am assuming that you have shotguns like most farmers, Pat.

Shooting stray drones down would make a change to clay pigeon shooting. 

Good garden centres/nurseries between London and North Yorkshire?

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 23:47

If you're going up the M1, at junction 27,turn left for half a mile, turn left and down a long drive to Felley Priory nursery and tea room. So close to the M1, but a little oasis of calm.

Going on holiday for 2 weeks

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 23:35

If you cut off your delphiniums now, give them to someone to use as a cut flower. Dip the cut end for a few seconds in boiling water. The air will bubble out and then plunge in cold water.

Then for two weeks the side shoots on the delphiniums will build up to new flowers for when you come back .  Same with lupins, cut the head off now, let the side shoots take over. Lupins are not so good as cut flowers.

An afternoon companion

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 22:27

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