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Plants that flower in May?

Posted: 20/05/2017 at 19:47

Many of the Alliums such as aflatunense flower at this time of year. They have  ball headed flowers like purple pom poms.   Aquilegias and Peonies are also good flowerers at this time of year.

Plant ID please

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 20:51

Mandevilla. Yes it needs shelter in winter.

 I had one like it two years ago, put it from a six inch pot into a 12 inch pot and it grew to five feet and flowered all summer.  Feed it with tomato feed.

Last edited: 19 May 2017 20:53:03


Posted: 19/05/2017 at 20:48



Posted: 19/05/2017 at 20:47

 it depends on the temperature, wind and aspect to sun/shade. it could vary from a bucket of water a day, to a bucket of water a week.

Aquilegia variety

Posted: 19/05/2017 at 15:50

That open type flower are described as clematiflora. They are shaped like clematis flowers.  They do not have the spurs on that more usual aquilegias have.

Salvia Amistad

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 11:59

If from plugs, if they have those supposedly biodegradeable teabag things around them, remove it before potting on. I lost a load of salvias from plugs. When  I pulled them out, the ones in the teabags had died, roots couldn't get out.  My own cuttings in gritty compost survived.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 11:56

My tickets for Chatsworth arrived yesterday too. No programme though. Will that come separately , do you think , or should I get my complaint in now?  I'm going with my friend and my mum.

Now the garden has had a soaking, I am going to do some digging(forking), now that I can get a fork in. I don't dig with a spade unless it is a hole for planting something.  I didn't put any seed of fillers in this year (cosmos etc).  Good job really, I have no idea where all these dahlias and salvias I overwintered are going to go.  One of the brugmansias has flowered. A big yellow trumpet was perfuming the greenhouse. I bought it down to the house to see it, but I will need to keep an eye on the weather. It won't stand a frost.

What weed is this?

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 11:49

If it is between paving slabs, stamp on it to crush the stems and then paint with glyphosate gel stick or spray with glyphosate.  It has a coating that has to be broken so that the glyphosate can penetrate.  It will take several applications at monthly intervals through the growing season.  Good luck.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:37

persisting down.

Apricot malady - can you identify this disease

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 16:11

I think you have peach leaf curl. The only way to stop it is to rig up a cover to stop it getting rained on. The leaves will drop off and be replaced by healthy leaves later on.

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