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Indoor Plant

Posted: Yesterday at 14:33

...My mother-in-laws tongue is a tad over a metre high, but I've had it over twenty years now!

Can you help identify this plant (v. 2) ?

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 22:56

I think the leaves have a toxicity which prevent other seeds from germinating beneath them - rather like mimosa.  They also throw up suckers if they are happy!

Can you help identify this plant (v. 2) ?

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 21:46

Thanks Foxtrot - I'll keep my eyes peeled and secateurs at the ready to pinch a cutting or two when I find one.

Came across this ground covering shrub but need help identifying it. x2 photos

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 21:44

Wow Mike - I'd never remember a name like that, not sure I can even pronounce it properly without practice either, but it sounds the sort of thing the NT would plant.

Trimming Lavender and Wisteria

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 21:36

I grow a lot of lavender and secateurs take far too long!  I take the shears and clip them back hard to leave a rounded shape with just a small amount of leaf left - so at last down as far as the bottom red line.  Lavender tends to continue growing from where it left off last year and does not regenerate from below so if you don't trim back rigourously your plants become very leggy in a very few years.  Take care not to trim back into old wood though - you must leave a bit of grey leaf.

My lovely scented trimmings go in amongst the towels and sheets in the airing cupboard!

hyacinths bulbs

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 21:18

I wonder if it depends where they are grown?  I have clumps which seem to multiply each year and the flowers  continue to be big - but I do feed with tomato fertiliser as the flowers are dying down, and heap a bit of compost over them if I remember.  They are a magnet for slugs and snails as they die down too so I do a regular "collect and dispose".  One comment about growing in glasses - they seem to get top heavy and tumble out if you are not careful!

Gardening Survey for Project

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 21:10

Done.  a lot of the questions made me think "it all depends....." and it didn't seem to cater for people who are impulsive, like me

Indoor Plant

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 20:34

but the mother in laws tongue has the most fragrant flowers which open at night and will scent a room for days on end - and won't get upset if you forget to water it for months on end.

Invasive shrub

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 20:31

and here am I struggling to get Pamina to survive, let alone increase! it came from Beth Chatto garden but clearly does not like my heavy clay much.  The white ones have done a little better.  I would love a few clumps of pink ones....

Came across this ground covering shrub but need help identifying it. x2 photos

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 20:27

the leaves are ab bit like mahonia |(oregon grape) but that grows taller

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Discussions started by gardenning granny

how to grow Bignonia from seed

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anyone tried taking grevillea cuttings?

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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how to get rid of it - and then will the wasps return next year 
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When can I put the geraniums out?

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