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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.

Tropical Garden on Episode 24

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 23:01

Banana plants, Musa basjoo, and Musa sikkimensis


Trachycarpus, hellebores, pulmonaris, some persicarias.

Phoenix date palm Phoenix canariensis.

 Begonia luxurians Palm leaf begonia

The roof... Agave filifera,  aloes,  Cistus x dansereaui "Decumbens"   White one)


Hope that helps a bit.

dahlia cuttings

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 22:32

Start the tubers into growth in February, and take the first shoots off as cuttings.

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