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Mystery poppy

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 20:28

Actually, if its pink it could be M. napaulensis   much the same as paniculata, but pink instead of yellow flowers.   Also monocarpic.

If it flowers blue, there is M. Wilsonii, but that is newly discovered, and unlikely to be in seed from the RHS. (biennial) I doubt it is M. horridula because that is really prickly.

I do like the fluffy rosettes.  Maybe next year.

Last edited: 24 May 2016 20:29:12

Mystery poppy

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 20:13

Looks like Meconopsis paniculata. It grows tall ( up to four feet) and could be pink or yellow flowers. Monocarpic so it then dies. Spectacular while it lasts.

Chelsea inspiration

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 19:36

Winning the eurosquillions would be a start.

I D please

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 18:03

I think it is a Schlumbergera.

 Take a sharp knife and slice off one of the leaves. Let it dry for 24 hours. Stand cut edge on to gritty compost and let it root. keep it on the dry side or it will rot instead.


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 17:40

If the neighbours have the same problem, have a word with them so that you don't get reinfected next year. This year will be a write off but the plants will survive.


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 17:38

Open the flower bud up and see if there is a larva (wiggly worm type) inside the bud.

Macrolabis aquilegiae

pick off all infected buds and burn to break the life cycle.

From the Touchwood aquilegias site....

The poor development of flowers on your aquilegia is due to a pest known as the aquilegia gall midge, Macrolabis aquilegiae.This has orange white larvae, up to 2-3mm long, that feed inside the developing flower buds and prevent normal flower development.  The midge was first recorded in Britain in 2009.  Infested plants have now been found in Kent, Essex, Surrey, Devon and North Yorkshire, indicating that it may be widespread and has gone undetected for a number of years.  

As it is a relatively new pest in the UK, little is known about its biology.   However, it is specific to aquilegias and will not affect any other plants. The larval feeding period is likely to be short, occurring over a few weeks in May, after which the maggots go down into the soil to pupate. There is currently no control for this pest other than the removal of infested flower buds before the larvae have completed their feeding.

How to kill an elm?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 13:54

One of the trees on our boundary was an elm. It got dutch elm disease  and was cut down and craned out over the adjoining houses. The stump was there for many years. being chopped back and rotting.  We thought that was the back of it, but it has sent many shoots up from the rootstock in the hedge line. I don't mind it, but you could either get a stump grinder in, or paint all shoots with SBK brushwood killer.

Cucumber leaves turning white

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 13:48

Cucumber leaves can scorch . Shade  the plants on very sunny days.

Anyone a member of RHS?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 08:44

Also there is the seed distribution. I have had better germination with meconopsis and primulas species from their seed collected from Harlow Carr and Wisley, than commercial seed from seed merchants. Me and Hubby have been in free to Harlow Carr and To Rosemoor and I get in free on my own at a lot of gardens. Useful if you only want to pop in for an hour is so, you don't feel you have wasted an entrance fee by not seeing everything. The magazine is much more in depth about plants than other magazines. I keep them all for reference.

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