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fidget, look at this. Roscoea scillifolia

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 23:15

I think the big bucket full will need splitting next spring. (The white one with a tiny purple flush) It only has a collection number, I got it from Crug farm along with Vannin. Red Ghurka is only bulking up slowly.  It has been in flower now for nearly three months.

fidget, look at this. Roscoea scillifolia

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 23:06

I have some in pots,a bucket full by the back door at the moment. In pots I think they need some protection in winter.  I have had different Roscoeas in flower since July, starting with Kew Beauty, then various purpureas, red ghurka, scillifolia,pink and a dark purple form. they are all in a bed on their own. They come up so late,I always think I've lost them.

fidget, look at this. Roscoea scillifolia

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 22:45


Mine has babies all around it. Maybe they will flower next year. The original plant flowered earlier this year.

How about this one... quite a bit taller though. I think the scillifolia have to go front of border. They will self seed into shady gravel.

Help identify

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 21:57

Fuchsia. probably one of the hardy ones. Surprised it is not covered in flowers at the moment.

Can someone tell me what these new plants are?

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 21:55

Cineraria silver dust. Not as hardy as you might think for winter bedding plants. They are usually used for summer bedding. RHS calls them half hardy perennials , usually used as annuals. They may be ok in a sheltered spot.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 17:40

If you can, watch all three programmes. She starts at the top, near to Russia, and moves down to the South.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 16:03

We had the last of the sweetcorn last week. I was going to put the stems through the shredder today, but I'm not moving. The lemon tree is in the greenhouse and the doors shut.

 I think we will watch he last bit of Joanna Lumley in Japan. Japan  at Cherry blossom time is on my bucket list.

Does Trachelospermum jasminoides smell like jasmine sambac?

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 15:54

I was told it was very unusual for anyone to notice the difference.  We were given jasmine base to start with. everyone agreed it smelt of jasmine, but I said there was something missing. Later I had a spill wafted under my nose with no warning. Now that is Jasmine  I said. He said it was pure jasmine absolute , as used in perfumes such as Joy. Most of the perfumes we buy have the synthetic form in it, due to the cost.  I like smelling perfumes and picking out the individual notes.

Does Trachelospermum jasminoides smell like jasmine sambac?

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 15:26

I also think that Trachelospermum is slightly more tender.

I have J. officinale growing at the side of the patio. On a hot summers day, I sit blissed out in a cloud of the scent.

Does Trachelospermum jasminoides smell like jasmine sambac?

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 15:22

I'm going to disagree. Trachelospermum jasminoides smells more like artificial jasmine perfume or jasmine base. (synthetic).  Jasminum officinale smells like Jasmine absolute.(genuine extracted oil) One is £5 a bottle, the other £500.  It has to be said I was the only one in a room of 30 that could tell the difference. ( I was on a perfume course at Bush Boake allen who make a lot of the perfumes used in household products)

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