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Posted: 22/02/2014 at 10:47

Good idea to split the snowdrops - my clumps are now looking in need of a bit of division.  Trouble is I forget where I have moved them to and end up digging them up throughout the year as I pop other things in.  By November I have a series of little pots holding the various bulbs I have manged to dig up during the year and I am desperately trying to remember what they all might be.  I end up with pots of bulbs which then get re-planted when they come into bloom the next year.  I am often surprised by what I've got


Can I plant bougainvillea in my front south facing garden?

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 10:32

Depends on the site in the front garden - I have a six foot fence between mine and my neighbours gardens  and it is clad in Everlasting sweet pea which flowers all sumnmer, and a jasmine which competes with it well and gives scent in addition to flower.

Bird of paradise plant

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 10:28

Thanks Edd - by my time of life patience comes naturally!

I shall look forward to seeing a flower - one day - someday - and continue to ry out anything which seems a bit unusual, to me anyway.

Bird of paradise plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 20:34

...and how long before it flowers at all?  I have had a plant for nearly three years, bought as a rooted cutting in the supermarket in France, and it is sturdy enough but has not made much growth.  It is in a large tub (as suggested in the growing info) and gets fed spasmodically and is kept indoors.

Any suggestions?

mole plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 20:22

Thanks Nutcutlet - it appeared on a euphorbia in my Languedoc garden last year and after searching the internet for caterpillar images to identify I finally searched for "caterpillar on Euphorbia" and there it was - the Euphorbia Hawk Moth!  It spent about five days on one plant before vanishing, and without doing that much damage to the euphorbia either.

mole plant

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 18:02

Looks like the caper spurge (euphorbia) - yes avoid the sap if any of the stems snap, it's also very sticky and will glue the blades of your secateurs together if you try to cut it down - best to pull it out roots and all.

If you are lucky enough (?) to get the caterpillar it is very pretty!



Posted: 19/02/2014 at 10:26

looking back at that euphorbia I can see it is really ready for cutting back but it's such a shame to lose those lovely whorls of leaf.  I'm quite proud of them as they were grown from seed and that gave me lots to give away to friends.  It's a rockery plant really, and looks best overhanging a low wall.

name that weed

Posted: 19/02/2014 at 10:17

definitely not in the compost bin - one for the council recycling

on a more cheerful note - where this grows is also good for snowdrops, primroses and geraniums


and yes NutC, I've almost certainly got my geums muddled up - whatever - its the wild one!

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:16

some advice, then, please FB.  I have a beautiful double yellow hellebore which appeared to selfseed last year - of course I potted up the seedlings, but how long will they take to flower, and will they come true?

I also have a very beautiful double pink one....but I still love the "common or garden" pink ones which range from palest through to quite a deep pink, with speckled inner petals, and the white ones which also selfseed everywhere.

True Leaves

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:09

Don't give up yet!  If they're on a windowsill you'll need to keep turning the trays to prevent them veering towards the light.  Do you have somewhere cooler they can be put once they are strong enough to be pricked out?  And don't overwater - just keep the soil damp (I use one of those bottle-top sprinklers that go on top of an old lemonade bottle).

Sweet peas like a deep root run so get them into tallish pots (5 or so to a pot|) before they develop too much.

I've got all sorts of things in seed trays right now but |I do have a cold greenhouse to move them onto when they get big enough, and fleece to throw over the top if it turns really cold.

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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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