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Should my honeysuckle look like this

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 16:30

Nutcutlet and Silver Surfer are right, it is a Salix species. Most likely it's Salix caprea, also known as Goat  Willow. They can grow up to 9m (28ft) and need a lot of water, as most willow do. In the Netherlands they are ripped out of the garden as soon as people know what it is as it has an infamous reputation of growing it's roots in the drainage system which can and will be destroyed when the tree grows bigger.

Help to plant new sloping borders

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 15:26

They started with small plants ( in 3 liter pots) in 2001 and in about 5 years the weedproof fabric underneath had been covered completely. I noticed that Nutcutlet recommended the variegated Euonymus', and IMO they would look very good together with the Cotoneaster if planted in large drifts.    

Is this a Weed?

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 16:45

Yes, PeterE17 is right, it is Pentaglottis sempervirens.

Plant identification

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 11:09

Could be Scilla litardierei, in that case. According to Anna Pavord it flowers in late April and since we've had such a cold Spring it could well be that it flowered later than it normally does or should do.

I think they're lovely and having seen these, I'm going to order some for my own garden, as well as the Prospero ( love the name). Thanks for showing them, Norman D!

Plant identification

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 10:56

Ah, I missed that Nutcutlet, thanks for letting me know. I'll have another look in the book then.

Help to plant new sloping borders

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 10:41





 This is an example of what you could do with the sloping sunny borders. It's a photo of a part of a Dutch garden which was built when the dikes needed reinforcing. It's a lot of hard work building it but, when established, it hardly needs any care at all. Some clipping and watering, that's it. Lots of beautiful alpines have been incorporated while building this terraced part, and before that, the slope itself was planted with Cotoneaster dammeri.  

Plant identification

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 10:28

This beauty is called Prospero autumnale, it's synonym is Scilla autumnalis.

Please help ID these trees.

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 10:42

First tree could be Morus alba, a White Mulberry Tree. The second one, I think could be Aronia melanocarpa, Black Chokeberry. Third photo is not clear enough. I think the fourth one could be Ailanthus altissima, a Tree of Heaven, judging from the leaves. 





Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:27

They look very much like Solanum muricatum, also called Melon pear or Pepino. Never tasted them myself, but I'm told they are very nice.

These are not ripe yet, so please, don't eat them when green. They are ripe when they are cream coloured with purple stripes. Here's a link, but Google will also come up with more info.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 12:53

It is very small indeed, and if I hadn't seen these with my own eyes I would have said the same as you, Verdun. These dwarf Box plants have been growing happily at that nursery for at least 15 years. They are holders of the Buxus collection in my country and are an internationally renowned company (Esveld).

Before moving house, I gardened on clay soil so I know what you mean about plants not sticking to the height stated on the labels. You're absolutely right about that! It's the quality and fertility that matter, yes Berghill.



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