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Posted: 23/07/2014 at 11:04

Phillippa is right - it all depends on variety.

I have a very pretty miniature variety growing in a large tub surrounded by annuals.  My neighbours have three very tall, delicate bamboos right at the end of their garden and they are very beautiful and give a whispering sound in the breeze.  The big, chunky thick ones seem to be the most liable to be invasive - I gues the ones grown many years ago before more friendly varieties were discovered.

ID please

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 10:54

the lychnis is abundant in my garden this year - it self seeds prolifically - but it often dies after flowering - easy to pull out and compost at that point and you'll have lots more where it originally grew.

The wild veronica is similar - very pretty and worthwhile if you are developing a new garden - self seeds everywhere but pulls out easily - just leave the ones you still want.

Identify my plant please

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 10:49

mmm - but clethroides curls at the tip.

Its a bit like a white liatris if such a thing exists, and my purple ones are in flower right now.

mole plant

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 10:46

I don't have any moles and I have quite a few varieties of euphorbia.  I once grew one called Jimmy Platt (seeds from Chiltern) which gave off the scent of fresh coffee on hot days.  The big plus in the tall ones is that they tend to flower early spring/late winter when not much else is happening in the graden.  It could be Chariacus, which are stunning.  They self seed abundantly which is why they do so well in the wild.  Wear gloves and just pull out the ones you don't want as soon as you see them.  When they get big they have thick deep tap roots and are harder to remove.  Remove flowered stems once finished (again with gloves) - and take care, the sap is thick and gluey so you'll need to clean the loppers carefully.

No such thing as a bargain!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 09:27

....oh good - it's Tuesday, double points day at Wyevale - now what's my excuse for wandering up there I wonder?

got a tiny space in one of the pots where the saved-seed pansies from last winter have just finished....

Can anyone name this plant?

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 09:17

....on the other hand I took a plant to the Languedoc in France where it has managed to survive the long dry summer and cold winter and has flowered this year, but in a mini form - about 12 inches high!  The height of your plants could be the result of sufficient shade and sufficient moisture!  It's not very keen on being transplanted as it has thick taproots, but removing the young selfseeded plants shouln't be a problem.



Posted: 13/07/2014 at 22:07

Agapanthus like hot climates - they do really well in pots in the south of France with very little attention.  Here I find the ones that are constricted in pots do far better than those left  to spread in the ground.  They are one of the plants that don't care if they don't get watered whilst I am away.  I think you need to avoid cold and wet.

Can anyone name this plant?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 22:00

I picked several heads after they had flowered one year and sprayed them with gold paint to use as christmas decorations  In the warmth of the living room the seeds popped off every so often with a little explosoion and caterpulted across the room - entertaining!


No such thing as a bargain!

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 21:53

the best bargains are those that you can see and check over first - I am a regular at the chukky-out bin of our local GC and am amazed at what I find - often really good plants, but the next lot have just come in so last weeks gets relegated and discounted.

can anyone ID this plant please?

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 22:09

Thanks Nut - it really does look like that.

I'll have to have a look and see how to grow it now!

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