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Wildflower id!

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 22:27

loganberry, I think you have lots of poppies,probably  Papaver rhoeas, the red flanders poppy.

Eucalyptus Tree

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 20:47

If its in a pot,its probably short of nutrients.  Give it a feed and some water.

The only other possibility is drift from weedkiller spray can produce deformities.

In which case, cut  all spindly growth back, feed and water.


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 20:39

It sounds like OH is  not particularly enjoying far North Scotland. He got there to find a confused landlady who took the booking but then forgot and had no room left. So he was billeted on to a neighbour, who doesn't really do B&B. At least he wasn't in the back of the car.


So after telling him that they didn't do evening meals, she asked him what he wanted for breakfast. Cooked, said.OH. So he got porridge made with water and salt and oatmeal.  He found a Tesco, selling local produce, Haggis rolls, some sort of pie, etc.  Good job I packed him some fruit and instant soup, and nibbles.

I suspect he won't be complaining about my cooking next week.

After it stopped hailing, it steamed dry here, so I hacked down the spirea and put it through the shredder. Time for a glass of wine I think...

Eucalyptus Tree

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 20:09

New growth from pollarded trees often has the round leaves. As that branch extends leaves start to grow long instead. My eucalyptus periniana had round leaves on this years new branches, but older branches have thin spindly leaves. Also when it flowers they look different.

Have you got a photo?

Arum lily - can i split it?

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 14:46

I would split it next Spring just after it starts growing.. Use a bread saw to divide into large chunks, each with a growing point, and repot.


Posted: 09/06/2014 at 14:14

The ones I left in from last year are slightly ahead of the new ones I planted this year, but i don't expect flowers until  July at the earliest.

Help finding Roscoea

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 13:24

 Leftovers potted up and looking for a new home.

 seedlings from last years seed off the main clump.

All photos taken today.

Help finding Roscoea

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 13:21

 Three clumps from three single plants planted five years ago

 A clump from the above that I dug up a couple of months ago, separated and replanted as a new group.

Help finding Roscoea

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 13:01

Where do you live , Stephen? I have a couple of Cautleoides kew beauty plants going spare.

Help finding Roscoea

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 12:58

Crug farm plants have a comprehensive list. Postage is on the hefty side, so I thought about a trip to the seaside for the day, calling in en route.Its near to Caernarfen in Wales.

I bought some purpurea hybrids including Red Ghurka from  Ashwood nurseries last year. They are just poking through.

I think the seed has to be sown very fresh, and then left to overwinter in a cold frame. I have seed off cautleoides kew beauty just germinated, the seed was off my own plants. When I have bought seed from seed suppliers, it has never germinated. I assume this is because it was dried off too much.

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