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Help to identify

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:25

They look like geums - red, yellow or orange flowers on long stems and very pretty, but quite shortlived in my garden (2 to 3 years at most) - put them near the front of the border

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:22

don't despair over pots of seed that don't come up after a year - tip the pot into a space somewhere in the garden and mark with a stick - it's amazing what comes up even after a year or two.  rememberthe poppy seeds that lie in the ground for years until the soil is turned over and then they germinate.

Christmas Amarylis

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 10:35

It's used all its reserves on flowering so you must feed and water it to enable it to fatten up again, then when you replant in the autumn you feed and water some more - what a demanding bulb, but worth it even though it may never be quite as good as it was the first year.

what were they thinking of

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 18:12

wow fidget! just googled it

phlox of pink sheep?

Fuschia Cutting's

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:29

I must admit my succeses are all from cuttings taken in April, just as the plants start back into growth again - once they are are growing strongly and thinking about flowering it is too late - in my experience anyhow.  The early ones I just poke into the pots around the parent plants and there's no stopping them.

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:21

Ragdoll - you ned the plants for the caterpillars to feed on as well as the nectar plants for the butterflies- perhaps you need a wild area with nettles and things....?

I have yellow swallowtails on my budleija here in France this year as well as others I'm not so good at identifying.

Christmas Amarylis

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:14

nothing wrong - you fed it and it's enjoying itself - lucky you.  I keep mine year after year - when it has finished cut off the flower stalk and then feed it a bit more.  If it starts to die back stop watering and  let it dry out until you are ready to plant next autumn - it may simply keep going in the green.  what colour is it anyway?

ID Please

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:11

it's a wld veronica, and yes very pretty and will selfseed everywhere - but easy to remove when they are really in the wrong place

Are these suckers

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:09

there are usually more leaflets on suckers - and smaller, like wild roses

good luck with your cuttings Alan - I've had a few take, but the majotity of mine stay deceptively green for months, before going brown and, when lifted, having no roots - but I bet you did it properly, whilst I'm a bit hit and miss

what were they thinking of

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:04

of fidget, you are a wag!

but think of all the peole that must have been on their hands and knees (and bumpsy daisies) to get it in place.

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