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mystery tree

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 23:32

Not if you heard me sing quercus_ruber - all the family tell me I'm tone-deaf !!!  My husband is amazed at the non-harmony sounds I come out with - it all sounds ok to me !!! 

Bad service, bad plants beware!

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 16:26

Like you joe4eyes we're not that far from one of the GCs - I have bought plants and bulbs from the GC and found them to be very good BUT do know of a friend whose mail order plants were dead or beyond saving on arrival and the customer service left a lot to be desired !!

Also, good to hear the positive feedback about other companies - I would certainly endorse Crocus having made my first purchase from them a couple of weeks ago. Likewise, Chiltern seeds whose seeds have done very well this year - I also like reading their paper catalogue which would be even better with pictures !!! 

I haven't used Plants for Shade or Avon bulbs so will certainly have a look for them online - it's something to do whilst it's raining and too cold for me to last any length of time in the potting shed!! 

Plant ID

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 16:07

Hi everyone - I have ventured out to the garden in the rain - it hasn't stopped raining yet today !!!

Managed to get a not-so-good photo of the linum but hope it shows how spindly they are - flowers open in the sunshine so will try to get a better photo when it's sunny - I live in hope !!!  Well drained humus rich soil and a sunny site I think suits them best. I don't tend to feed annuals so don't know if this would make any difference.

The second photo shows a mushroom container !!!! It's what I sow linum seeds in as they were very 'leggy' last year in ordinary seed trays !!

I also tried pinching out growing tips but plants haven't seemed to get bushy at all !! Seed packet also says best sown in groups - perhaps so that they can support each other or all flop together !!!!  


Thanks toonia for the website link - looks a really interesting and informative site - will be able to get engrossed in it whilst it's raining . Have also found an online retail outlet for Gilia tricolor seeds so am very happy !!! 




nepeta(cat mint) from seed

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 22:05

I agree - would definetely nip out after the second set of 'true' leaves and seedlings should bush out nicely. 

Invasion of the slippery slugs

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 21:56

Hi susan howard2 and everyone - thought you may be interested in my plastic bottle approach to slugs/snails so I took a couple of photos earlier today !!


The first is a 1 to 2 year old clematis eaten to a 'stump' before I added the bottle top - taking the photo has reminded me that I should now remove the bottle - particularly as we've had no rain for a few days !! 

The second is an annual climber which I think I've managed to rescue from being eaten as new growth is emerging. 

With both of the above it must have been coincidence that there were no slugs/snails in the ground within the perimeter of the bottle - phew !! 

I've identified some seedlings and an area in which to plant them so that I can try the ground coffee and garlic spray slug/snail repellant/protection treatment. Will report back in a few weeks !!

Do let us know how things are going with you and what you find is working. Thanks 




Plant ID

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 21:41

Hi yarrow2 - will get some photos tomorrow !!

Mine are very spindly but flowers are lovely. Although seed packet advises sowing in open ground where they are to flower I always like to start seeds off in shed/greenhouse - just so as I know what not to 'weed out'.  

I planted seedlings out in clumps a few months ago and some have survived the vagaries of the south-east Lincolnshire weather which has been very wet and windy this year !! All are still what I would describe as spindly but are in flower - I'm not sure but I think that this is charasteristic of the plant !!

More to follow tomorrow !! 


Orlaya grandiflora

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 21:32

Hi everyone - thanks for the link sotongeoff - I've heard of Sarah Raven but did not know of her website and as I'm already thinking of September and January/Spring 2013 sowings it will be really useful - a bigger overdraft will also be useful !! 


Posted: 01/07/2012 at 21:28

Hi Olivia Tang - I've not grown rosemary from cuttings but see no reason why either softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings should not root with warmth and humidity at the moment and if successful can be planted out next year.

I wouldn't use anymore fertilizer than is already in the compost until you can be sure they have rooted - others may have different views but I think that Rosemary is not a hungry plant. 

I have some rosemary grown from seed earlier this year with about 3 sets of leaves - so very small - will be overwintering them and thinking of planting out next Spring - if they survive !! 

plant identification

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 21:14

Phew !!! 

I'm always worried about commiting what I think to the written word - not so much in face-to-face conversation - so very pleased to read that someone agrees with me - again not what I always experience in 'real life' !!!!

As a relative newbie to the forum I'm pleased that other forumites are so polite and friendly and excusing of mistakes !!!  


Posted: 01/07/2012 at 21:09

Sorry Starflower - just remembered - how are yours doing now ? 

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

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Plant identity - any ideas welcome.

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