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sky high plants

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 13:40

Hi there - not sure that I can say what's going on or why but wonder if for some reason there's a naturally high nitrogen level in the soil and/or it's a type of soil which again, naturally suits these plants !!!  

I'm sure others may have alternative similar comments !!

I do know that in our own garden the same plants grow differently depending on the particular soil and location in which they are situated - clay, sand, mixture of both, full sun, shade etc etc.

I must say I have never come across such tall alstromerias. I imagine you need a lot of staking material !!

Best wishes 

Giant Scabious

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 22:06

Hi there - I'm not an expert with regard to scabious but do have a few in the garden. All are still in flower at the moment having started flowering a couple of months ago - I also have some grown from seed this spring which should start to flower next year.

I "deadhead" by removing spent flowers back to the base of the flower stem which is usually to the next shoot preparing to flower. I am going to leave some to self-seed for next year.

I don't intend to do anything with the leaves as the small scabious which I planted last summer did not loose its leaves over winter nor did the larger seedlings I grew during spring 2011.

I hope that this helps and am sure that others will have lots of suggestions/tips in due course.

Happy gardening 


Gladioli and Geraniums

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 22:43

Hi there - I agree that I would cut down perennial geraniums now and I usually cut off the spent flower heads of gladioli as they fade leaving the leaves to nourish/feed the bulbs/rhizomes for next year. 


Posted: 24/08/2012 at 17:56

Hi there - we have well established outdoor cyclamens and in the past few days I have noticed 4 or 5 flowers emerge. I do think it's a bit early but this year has been so strange I would not be surpsied by anything - our forsythia produced a second flush of a few flowers about 3 weeks ago - I had to look twice as I could not believe it !!! 


Posted: 04/08/2012 at 23:13

Hi there - I don't recognise the plant from the photo but wonder if it's a lychnis of some type because of it's stickiness ? We have lychnis viscaria which has sticky stems hence, my suggestion.

Hope this helps - someone else may have a better idea !!

Happy gardening 

Can anybody tell us what these flowers are

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 18:47

Having just submitted my post the 3 immediately before mine appeared on the screen !!!!!!!!

Phytographer and Gracie5 have solved the mystery - think I'll buy a packet of the seeds when I next come across them !!! 

Can anybody tell us what these flowers are

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 18:44

Hi there !!

Not sure, but wonder if they are a type of erigeron - fleabane - annual or perennial. We have a perennial erigeron with flowers that look like the darker pink ones in the photo.

I'm sure I've seen a photo of similar flowers on a seed packet but cannot recall the name and didn't buy the seeds !!!!!

Hope this helps 

Searching Forums?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 23:43

Hi there - as a relatively newbie forumite I understand that we use the search box at the very top of the web page which we can, after our first search, refine so that the results relate only to the forum entries !!

Hope this makes sense - I've used it a few times but it doesn't always recognise some of the search script so I have have had to try various word combinations !!!! 


Posted: 13/07/2012 at 21:02

Great photo Kate1123 - mine arrived today and I think the photo illustrates exactly what has been said by so many - they are tiny plugs !!

Plenty of root and leaf growth nonetheless, but I don't think they will be able to be planted out this year. I've potted mine into larger modules and hope they will grow sufficiently to be able to be 'potted on' a couple more times before winter sets in !! 

bird netting

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 20:35

Hi there !!  I've just come across this discussion and was interested as I want to protect salad crops from birds etc next year !!

Thanks for the helpful tips and links - I've made a note and saved photos so that I can show 'him indoors' what I want - he's already come up with the idea of using cut tennis balls to hold mesh in place over the canes !!  He'll be so pleased !!! 

Thanks once again. 

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More plants to identify - Stachys or not ??!!

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