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plug plants

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 20:00

Digitalis  and verbascum can go in the ground where you want them to flower if the roots have filled a three inch pot. They will need no protection.  The other two I would give a bit of protection in a cold frame and pot into fresh compost when they start growing in Spring. They only need to be damp over winter, let them dry out between waterings.

Help identifying this plant, please

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 16:57

When I had the blue one by the front wall, I did get a lot of people look at it trying to decide what it was.

The white one is more hidden and only me gets to appreciate it.


Posted: 10/09/2016 at 16:54

I think that above an inch, you are better using a pruning saw. Loppers tend to crush rather than cut above that.

Help identifying this plant, please

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:29

It grows to about six feet , sheltered by next doors house wall. I prune it down in spring like a buddleja, and it regrows. it tends to flower in two flushes. I hack off bits at regular intervals to get the car out.

I don't think it would survive a winter in a frost pocket.  Chiltern say it can flower the first year from seed , but mine took two years to flower. The fruit are a bit like small tomatoes, with very fleshy seeds. I must try and grow some on again. I think a bird planted the white one for me.


Posted: 10/09/2016 at 12:54

I ended up buying a sack of grit and seive it for fine stuff. I can't get fine grit round here at all.

Another mystery?

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 12:50

I do like crushing the leaves for the smell.

I find its only rampant in wet soil. In dry soil it hardly moves. It tolerates shade.


Posted: 10/09/2016 at 12:48

My cosmos are really only just getting into their stride. My fault, I put them in late. It's not been the right sort of weather for a lot of things, especially me actually doing  gardening.  Either too wet or on rare days ,too hot.

Help identifying this plant, please

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 12:44

Last night the Bluebell thing was Acnistus australis.  I think it has now been renamed as Iochroma australe You can get seeds from Chiltern seeds. They describe it as tender, but I had three I raised from seed.  Two were blue, one white. They survived five years, but the minus 15 freeze we had finished them off. There is a seedling growing next to next doors wall. It has white flowers. I can't get cuttings to take from it.

dahlia cuttings

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 12:15

If you are leaving them in the soil over winter, you have to beat the slugs to the first shoots. To force them for cuttings, they need a bit of warmth, somewhere under glass, so you will need to dig them up anyway.

dahlia cuttings

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 23:57

No, shoots higher up are hollow and will not root.

If you have a big cluster tuber, they sometimes split. Each lobe or potato shaped bit has to have a growing point still attached.

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