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Posted: 24/05/2016 at 21:20

Thanks, thats the one.

Mystery poppy

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 21:16

I'll have some seeds if you get some. Its about 20 years since I last grew them. I had a bit of a meconopsis   fest at the time.  Grandis,napaulensis, horridula and paniculata.

I'm currently having a roscoea fest.

Last edited: 24 May 2016 21:18:43


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 21:12

Oh what I really want is to win the lottery so I can be a life member of the RHS instead of a 30 year ordinary member. Life members get to go to the gala evening on press day with all the slebs who don't know anything about gardening. I would like to be able to wander around with a glass of champagne and not be jostled by crowds.

I liked Sol Campbells little greenhouse (Orangery), I wonder how many gardeners he has.

Last edited: 24 May 2016 21:13:34


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 21:09

I didn't like the looked like a war memorial.

Loved the Exmoor garden.

Could someone drag Monty Don down to Mr Titchmarshes  taylor, instead of the farmers supply depot.

I liked jekkas herb garden,shame she only got a silver gilt.

Mr D  Gavins  eccentric garden made me feel seasick watching it, and this comes from someone who  has a rough crossing in the Bismarck sea on a catamaran, and coped.

I don't like the new green and pink chrysanthemum named after Princess Charlotte.

There was a nice starry blue hydrangea, can't remember the name.

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.

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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.

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