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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.




Posted: 18/08/2013 at 14:00

There is a Buxus microphylla 'Green Pillow', which is described as being only 1 foot high after ten years. B. 'Morris Midget', also 1 foot high after ten years.They both have green foliage.

Buxus sempervirens 'Blauer Heinz' has the same height but it's foliage is a somewhat greyish.

Identifying Plants, shrubs and trees in my new garden

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 14:59

1 = Prunus laurocerasus 'Zabeliana'  (Common Laurel)

2 = Cotinus coggygria 'Nordine'  (Smoke Bush)

3 = Berberis thunbergii 'Admiration'  (Japanese Barberry)

4 = Heuchera 'Jade Gloss'

5 = Lamium maculatum variety  (Spotted Deadnettel)

6 = Pyracantha  (Firethorn)

7 = Stipa tenuifolia  ( Mexican Feather Grass or Pony Tail Grass)

Mystery grass please help identify

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 13:34

Could it be Star-Rush? Dichromena colorata.

 Oops, that's a bit large. Sorry for that.

Subtropical plant ideas needed please

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 15:05

Albizia julibrissin and Acanthus, especially the spiky ones spring to my mind. Eriobotrya japonica, Magnolia grandiflora, Pistacia chinensis and Acca sellowiana also have the look and feel of the subtropics.

Albizia has been growing happily in my garden (well, this garden) for about 5 years now and we get winter temps around -20 here in the Netherlands. I do have sandy soil. In those five years it's canopy has grown to 2m in diameter

For groundcover maybe Coprosma prostrata, Coprosma rugosa 'Red Rocks', Leptinella potentilliana or Leptinella squalida.

Also think that some multi-stemmed trees ( Aralia, Koelreuteria) would look natural in such an environment. Maybe even Metrosideros excelsa would survive. Oh, and the beauuuutiful Duranta repens and some Aristolochia species as well....I'm sorry, am rambling away.It's such an inspiring project and I'm a bit jealous even, there are lots of these I'd love to grow but can't. Please, post some photos when the garden is ready. I wish you good luck and happy gardening!!

Long, narrow border ideas

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:30

Fidgetbones, found you this:

Just scroll down a bit, and you'll find the answer.

What to put in this gap?

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 11:24

The shed could be covered with climbing Hydrangea petiolaris and Clematis 'Nelly Moser', I absolutely love that combination. For the gap I'd be inclined to use Hosta, ferns, Helleborus and Hydrangea arborescens  'Annabelle'. One of the Rhododendrons would be good there too. This way you'd have something in bloom almost all year round. Some winter and spring flowering bulbs would add a finishing touch.

what are these trees pleeze?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 12:04

I agree with Sara 4. Ilex can be pruned back hard so you can renovate them, so to speak. Best time to do that would be July and August. If you want to lower the height, that's also possible.

But you are right, you'd be looking at an almost bare trunk for quite a while even though it will start growing new shoots after it has been pruned. So, it's up to you.

To renovate or to eliminate... that's the question

please identify plant/weed

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 16:45

Looks a bit like some kind of goosefoot to me....

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