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Plant ID

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 22:34

I have grown these cleomes too.   The seeds took some finding, though, as not every garden centre seemed to stock them.    They are lovely and grow quite easily.


Posted: 22/12/2014 at 22:31

I usually wait until February to prune mine - sometimes March if the winter has been a bad one.

Kalanchoe with scale

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:11

I have the same insect lumps on my plants.    I could never get mine to flower again, and eventually I asked a specialist at a flower show how to do it.    She asked me if I was feeding them, and I said I was giving them baby bio.   She told me this was what I was doing wrong.    I was encouraging them to make a lot of nice green foliage, but no flowers.    For the last few years I have given them nothing but water, and they seem almost never to stop flowering!    So, if you are feeding your plants : just stop!

Poorly buddlea buzz

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 22:04

Mine has gone the same way.   I originally planted it into a container in 2012.    It is getting enough water, and is in a sunny position.   Any ideas would be welcomed.

Plant ID please

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 22:06

I bought a young tree peony plant in the Spring of 2010, and it has produced two flowers for the first time this year.    You will need to be patient, but it is well worth the wait!

ID please

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 22:11

My first thought was globe thistle or echinops!

Small gardens and spent compost

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 17:52

Use it as a mulch on your garden.    Put it into your compost bin - it will be full of bacteria which will help speed up the composting process.     Never give it to the Council!    


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 17:48

I agre with Dove...   A Ribes, an ornamental shrub and not grown from fruit.     A lovely flower!


Posted: 03/04/2014 at 17:42

I noticed, last weekend, that my mop-head has got some buds on it.    Not leaf buds,(they've been there sometime now) but flower buds!!!   I live in the West Midlands so not a particularly mild area.


Posted: 11/09/2013 at 20:56

I grew these from seed this year for the first time - and will grow them again.    I got the pinks and white ones, but also some in a deep purple.   I am leaving mine to seed themselves.

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