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Plant ID please

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:12

does look rather like some kind of stachys (lambs ears) though mine has more slender leaves and really silvery - but also ressembles my hawkbit (a garden thug with lovely red flowers, good ground cover and easy to remove the bits that spread too far) - or even the  centauria montana (an early cornflower with large heads) - why don't you ask whoever gave it to you?

Plant ID's please

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 18:01

evening primrose - could grow to 5 foot tall but wonderful scented flowers - they selfseed everywhere but transplant easily to the back of the border

probably aquilegia, though mine don't look quite like that

if the "grass" was in my garden I'd say a reed and get rid of it fast - if it's chives you can soon tell by breaking off the top of a stem and smelling!

Another plant id

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 17:55

I agree - euphorbia - back of border for safety, and watch out for gluey irritant sap when you cut back dead stems

I think the second one could be a geum if it's not a poppy - looks like a flower on its way, ant its far too early for poppy flowers.

conflicting answers

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 10:16

I hadn't realised how common this problem is!

You're right that confrontation and tit-for-tat don't work, and involving the police seems to escalate the problem as neighbours don't like being told off and simply retal;iate with more vigour.

I think tall prickly plants it the best solution, and still favour very prickly rambling roses which can be grown along the fence.



Posted: 27/02/2014 at 10:09

....and for years.Posy, I thought I was the only one doing all that!

....good to see you back Gardenjeanie....endorse what you say about computers, and don't get me started on windows 8!

my self saved agapanthus are all growing well now, sweet peas ready to pot on, and Gaillardia and sweet william almost ready to prick the fun begins...and just when the sun has come out and I really want to get out in the garden.  Oh and I still have three seed trays yet to germinate, and three pots on the windowsill where I tipped the entire contents of pots of saved something-or-other which may or may not do something.  If nothing happens I just the pot contents anywhere in the garden, and then who knows....something might emerge!

Busy Liz - I often buy seeds in Lidl (we have one fairly near us in Murviel in the Languedoc) and for veg you can get little boxes of seeds from Point Vert for things like carrots and beans which are excellent value and varieties you don't find in England.


Posted: 25/02/2014 at 19:36

....never disappointed with seeds from Lidl, and my daughter has grown a wonderful wild flower meadow from one of their tubs of seed, it's now in its third year.

I often save seed from things that interest me - had a fantastic crop from seeds saved from a black tomato, and peppers from .....well a red pepper.


Posted: 25/02/2014 at 19:32

My name is Gardenning Granny and I am a collectoholic seedoholic.

I cannot resist interesting seedpods hanging from trees, shrubs and plants - but what on earth does one do with 7 golden rain trees, and 5 lemon trees (no, I think they may have kicked the bucket over winter).  But hooray - my sweetpeas came up in three days, and will soon be big enough to transplant 3 to a pot. 

My greatest buy ever was a super 7 seed tray - seven little seed trays with plastic covers that sit on capillary matting on a windowsill tray.  Only trouble is the waiting  to transplant the first seedlings so that you can replant with something else...

My other problem is that I will be away for a month soon - but never fear, I have already booked all my seed trays (and pricked out seedlings that I will have by then) into a fantastic seedling B & B.....


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 18:59

just look at all those buds still to come.....should be in flower for months.

Well done T-N.

conflicting answers

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 18:09

My Kiftsgate rose is unstoppable - throws out long wands and grows a mile a minute.  The flowers are held in huge lemon-scented clusters, and it is the most violent rose I know.  Pruning makes it grow even longer and stronger.  Or the old-fashioned American Pillar Rose has equally unpleasant thorns - the sort that reach out to grab you when you're not looking.  I suppose you'd need to tie them in to uprights, but nobody in their right mind would think of trying to walk through or even near to these.

As far as anti-social behaviour is concerned, the police have no powers to do anything other than knock on the offenders door and ask them politely not to do it again.  A solicitor could bring an injunction...  not a happy place to be.



Posted: 23/02/2014 at 15:36

Hope the earthquake didn't catch you Marion. Would love to see the breathtaking prunus too.

Wish I could get my bergenias to do something....anything.  They must be in the wrong place - what conditions do they like?

Good to see the celandines at last - brazen hussy is doing her thing but I'm still waiting for the fancy double ones I got several years ago.  They are really lovely, but of course don't self seed, unlike all other celandines which reach thug proportions very quickly.

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