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Mohave Pyracantha (Firethorn)

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 16:45

There a couple of front gardens near me that have it as a hedge, and it looks very effective as there are two different coloured berries (red and orange) in big clumps dotted through the greenery. Very effective.

Dopey question for the day...

Posted: 07/01/2016 at 16:43

I thought violet, and if it is the flowers will be purple.

Out of control...

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 14:14

Give the bigger one a trim, because if they get top heavy they snap off (from my experience). You can use these for more plants if you want. when they are happy, they produce tiny white flowers that look like little stars, very nice.

House plant

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 14:08

Also known as the mackerel plant

Plant ID please

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 10:23

It might be a Nandina looking at the top growth.

Soft fruit suggestions please

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 10:21

Blackcurrants or tayberries or blueberries.

I have two blackcurrant bushes and get lots of berries. I only have one tayberry and its also covered in fruits, it sends up new stalks every year and I cut down the old ones. Blueberries I have three and they are planted in ericaceous, again lots of berries.

I would suggest rhubarb, but that is best on its own.

Gentle advice ... for an old newbie.

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 11:53

Hi Andi,

could you post a picture of your garden.

Nothing wrong with roses, I've got Arthur Bell and Anne Boleyn. Geraniums might be an idea, lots of varieties and easy to look after, just cut back the flowers. Or lavender or peony.

Is it a Robin?

Posted: 23/12/2015 at 21:33

I would say dunnock if it has a grey bib. Their song is almost identical to a robin.

Cornus Kousa

Posted: 22/12/2015 at 20:49

I have one in a raised bed for about 8 years. It does take a while for it to settle in. I had the first 'flowers' last year.

I bought the one that I could afford at the time, which was about the size of most dogwoods. There's nothing worse than buying a big plant only to have it die. I prefer to buy a plant that will grow to fill the space.

tastiest cherry tomatoes to grow recommendations?

Posted: 16/12/2015 at 21:10

I agree with Bob. Have grown Sungold for a couple of years in hanging baskets. Very tasty to eat when warmed by the sun.

I've also grown Gardeners Delight which were good too.

My grandpa in law used to grow Shirley, Gardeners Delight, Moneymaker and Alicante.

I also grow Costoluto Fiorentino. Its a large tomato but very tasty, lots of flesh. I grow it in a big pot outside where it gets the sun all day and I get good sized tomatoes.

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

A Grass, but which one?

I've had this in my front garden for a while but don't know which type it is. It might be a stip but its not Gigantea or Tenuissima. 
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Last Post: 19/08/2015 at 10:46

The Instant Gardener

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Last Post: 23/04/2016 at 22:00

Dahlia ID and Other Plant ID

I bought these dahlias in February and there was no name on what variety they were. 
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Last Post: 04/07/2015 at 21:14

Slipper Orchid

How to look after once the flowers have dropped off 
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Last Post: 14/02/2015 at 17:19

Bargain Buy of 2015

What has been your best buy? Mine was a flaming katy for £1.00 and a slipper orchid £9.99. Never seen one 'in the flesh' before so hope I can keep it going. 
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Last Post: 14/05/2015 at 07:12

Shrub ID

This has been growing in our hawthorn hedge and this year decided to be 12ft tall with read berries. I thought it migh be a pyracantha but not sure which one as there are no thorns. 
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Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 21:51

Green tomatoes

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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 19:25

Plant ID

Mystery plant at the bottom of my garden. I've never seen this before and it isn't something I planted. 
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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 11:05

Moses in the bulrushes

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Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 11:09


What to do when the plant has gone over 
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