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give and you will receive

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 06:25

A swap shop would be a very good idea, Julie.

Help with identification please

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 06:23

Violets are pretty flowers but spread and take over.     If your third picture is a speedwell, take care, this can do the same!

Grass snake in the pond HELP !

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 10:07

This thread reminds me of the lovely poem written by D. H. Lawrence "A snake came to my water trough..."

give and you will receive

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 10:03

If you are too shy to knock on neighbours doors, but want to do a plant swap, why not design a flyer and put it through people's doors?    Then the only ones to contact you will be those who are actually interested.

Verbena plants stripped

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 09:56

Yes, my bet would also be slugs or snails.   Any sign of their slimy trails?

North east facing wall

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 09:45

Clematis came immediately into my mind.

Betula ermanii slow to come into leaf this year

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 17:19

I am not sure I know any more about these than you do, but I do know that once something has been moved, it usually concentrates on settling its roots in before it bothers to put growth on top.    Your trees are making signs of new growth, even if only half-heartedly, so I don't think you have cause for worry.     Some plants just love to sulk if they are moved!

hanging baskets

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 16:36

Me too.   I cram in as many plants as possible, water every day, feed once a week.    I have four of them and one is in a position that gets a little sun and another gets no sun whatsoever.    I solved this problem by moving all my baskets around once per week.   This is easy, as it is when I take them down to feed them and to deadhead them.

Iris Confusa

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 16:32

I also got rid of my Iris Confusa, as it spreads and takes over quite qickly.    It has very pretty iris flowers, but rather small ones and they don't last long.

Drooping Lupins

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 09:57

I have a lupin which has just done the same thing.    A week ago I was admiring the 13+ flower spikes on it, and suddenly they all went like an upside-down U.   I put it down to the heavy rain and winds we have been having - although my husband pointed out that our neighbours lupins were not affected.    The plant is just coming into its third flowering season, and is planted into good soil.    I would love to know what is causing it.   Any ideas?

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