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What’s this plant?

Posted: 10/02/2018 at 17:04

Probably every two or three years.  I lift the whole lot - break off the end bit with the shoot leaving a reasonable rhizome attached and then plant on a slight ridge with the little rootlets covered in soil but the actual rhizome sitting on the surface, exposed. Bearded  Iris like to have their rhizomes baked in the in the sun in the summer and don't like being in heavy wet soil.  You may find that amongst that conglomeration of root there will be some old rotted bits which can go in the compost.  From one small patch you will find many many plants (too many? - some to give away) so can plant in other places too!

Ideas and Suggestions

Posted: 10/02/2018 at 16:55

Be wary of Solomons Seal - in my garden they do very well in dry and shady situation but after flowering the caterpillars move in and can strip the plants in a couple of days!


My deutzia does well in a shallow dry shady area in front of a fence, and also jasmine beesiana if you are looking for more height.   The jasmine can get a bit unruly but is easily tamed.

Ideas and Suggestions

Posted: 10/02/2018 at 16:54

Be wary of Solomons Seal - in my garden they do very well in dry and shady situation but after flowering the caterpillars move in and cab strip the plants in a couple of days!


My deutzia does well in a shallow dry shady area in front of a fence, and also jasmine beesiana if you are looking for more height.   The jasmine can get a bit unruly but is easily tamed.

Spanish lavender in Scotland

Posted: 10/02/2018 at 16:43

...as an afterthought I am just planting seeds of lavender Hidcote.  They take a while to germinate but then you can have lots of plants for very little outlay.....


and as a second afterthought, if you live near a Lidl they usually do an offer in Spring of a dozen small lavender plants for around as fiver - worth looking out for

Ground cover campanula

Posted: 03/02/2018 at 12:03

There are many varieties of campanula and several are sold at this time of year as indoor plants.  I guess the answer is, if they've come from a garden they'll be OK. but if they're an indoor pot plant best to wait until the weather is warmer.  Mine in the garden are definitely not in flower and won't be so for a month or two.

what not to compost

Posted: 03/02/2018 at 11:59

My Tesco tea bags have been going in the compost for years and seem to degrade, and coffee grounds go in too, or directly onto the ground around shrubs, and they don't seem to have come to any harm yet.  I don't understand this 5p plastic bag tax - just ban plastic bags as they did in France many years ago.  When I was little my father did the Saturday morning shop with two leatherette bags - a "dirty" one into which loose potatoes and veg were tipped and a "clean" one for other groceries.  Woe betide me if I put a dirty potato into his "clean" bag!  I use sturdy reuseable bags all the time - once emptied in the kitchen they are returned immediately to the boot of the car so I am never without one, and a tiny fold up nylon bag lives in my handbag ready for the unexpected purchase when I'm out.  How hard is that?

Plants for pots

Posted: 03/02/2018 at 11:46

I have something similar - Lidl were doing them last year - two made of fibre and resin I think, the Lidl ones most probably some kind of plastic..  First, important to ensure there are drainage holes - I made them a few centimetres up from the bottom to prevent them filling with water.  Then make sure they have a filling more substantial than multi-purpose compost which dries out too quickly.


I have a camellia in one and it does very well.  I have a pair which have alstroemeria in, and they seem to be doing well too, and the colours are stunning.  I think you can put whatever you want in providing you watch the watering as they can dry out quickly in full sun, and you may need to bubble-wrap then or pop them in the GH in winter if you hav something more delicate in them.


Good luck.

Plant ID please

Posted: 07/01/2018 at 11:05

There you are - I knew somebody would know.  Lysimachia is almost certainly it - it came to me in the middle of the night!  It will form a nice solid clump of dullish dark green leaves with spikes of  bright yellow flowers.  It's what I think of an essential "filler" plant and if it spreads a bit it is easy enough to lift and tame.  Otherwise known as yellow loosestrife.


Enjoy.

Plant ID please

Posted: 06/01/2018 at 18:15

I know I ought to know and I'm looking at the tall stems and thinking Euphorbbia or lilies - somebody is going to give you the right answer and |I'm gouing to kick myself for not being sure!

Does anyone know?

Posted: 06/01/2018 at 18:11

I'd give it a go - certainly mung beans work, but I suspect most coking seeds have been heat-dried in order to preserve them so that would kill off the germ.  Give it a go with a pinch.....and let us all know of any successes - if you can remember what it was you sowed!

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