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Posted: 10/03/2014 at 16:49

It's a bit early for that Azalea to flower now, even though plants seem to be ahead of their normal flowering period. IMHO this is Rhododendron 'Praecox'. It's always the one of the first of the Rhododendrons to flower in our part of the world. 'Praecox' means "early".

Flower I.D. anyone??

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:41

Thanks, Jim MacD and Chicky

Bookertoo, I'm not familiar with the Australian climate, but I suspect that it must be very hot. The colour of this photo, I agree, it's gorgeous. But I'm afraid that in most photos the colour has been edited. I have a feeling that the true colour must be lighter than that in the photo.

My M. used to say( when I was a small child and drooling over pictures in those mail order catalogues) "Child, paper is patient". By which she meant to warn me not to trust those vibrant colours in these catalogues. And nowadays it's common practice to enhance colours with Paint and all the other photo editing software.

BTW, would somebody please be so kind to tell me what I could have done wrong when I tried to make the link clickable?? I haven't got a clue. It used to be very simple but I seem to have forgotten how to do that...

Flower I.D. anyone??

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 16:25

It is Alyogyne huegelii. This is an Australian genus in the same family as Hibiscus, the Malvaceae. It's also named  Blue Hibiscus and Lilac Hibiscus.

ID this plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 11:42

I think it's some kind of Dracena. This one might be Dracena fragrans 'Gold Coast'.


Posted: 12/02/2014 at 14:46

Tracey, for tiny flowered orchids have a look at Doritaenopsis. They are very easy to care for, they're much the same as Phalaenopsis.

Help identifying a plant

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 16:09

 They look like  the berries of Iris foetidissima. Also known as the Stinking Iris. The berries are poisonous but the flowers aren't. I'd get rid of those berries if the grandchildren are still small.

Mystery foliage in gifted bouquet.

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 13:38

Blairs, the only pictures I can see, are the one that Busy-Lizzie uploaded in her answer and the one that I uploaded in my own answer. Can you see any others? IMHO the question itself, from the doesn't contain a picture.

Mystery foliage in gifted bouquet.

Posted: 03/02/2014 at 12:19


They might be blueberry branches? Like these...They are used very often in bouquets. I tend to re-use them with tulips or in small vases with Grape Hyacinth. A nice reminder that spring is in the air.

Transplanting japanese acer

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:57

my mum and da have an acer tree that is probably about 6ft high sadley they have just passed away and i would like to transfer the acer to my garden or should i not attempt it? thank you x


Sharon, how long has this Acer been in your parents' garden? If it's an established tree, it'll need some preparation before you can transplant it successfully. The information in the link below is very good and will tell you what you need to do to cause as little stress as possible to the tree.


EDIT: Sorry, can't  insert the link, so you'll have to copy and paste 

Witch Hazel

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 13:24

Shrubs and trees planted in one year use the following growing season for establishing and expanding their rootsystem. So, it seems perfectly normal to me that your Witch Hazel produces less or no flowers this year. Another thing to bear in mind is that Hamamelis is a bit of a slow starter. It can take a year or two before it will be flowering in abundance.

If you planted it in a multi-purpose compost that will be fine for now, and you can always put a layer of ericacious compost on top the soil as a mulch. It needs an acid to neutral, well-drained soil.  

If you can, plant it out in your garden. It will perform so much better then. When planted in full sun the soil needs to be moist (not wet!)

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