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Garden Centre Bargains

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:35

Bowl containing three good sized osteopremums for a £1 and a large argyranthemum marked down from 12.99 to £1.  I'm not complainging!

Is Jerre Schwarz an acer then?

Neonic pesticides

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:30

thanks for the link Val - what is this country coming to? Lifting a ban the rest of Europe sees as important, and just when we are all trying to encourage more bees.

I dispair.

Yet another plant ID

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:26

I agree - if the flower spike is purple.  If it open creamy white buttons then it's definitely a weed.  No good at names!

Fencing alternatives - Ivy?

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:22

wow!  such a lot been said already.  We had a problem with fencing blowing down every October, so replaced with a low chain link fence (that would keep the dog safe) and holly - mainly green, but some variegated.  This has completely obscured the chain link and is a haven for birds as well as a wonderful backdrop to all other planting.  Pruning/trimming is done in November/December, providing the base of several holly wreaths - and surplus is put in a box on the pavement outside with an invitation to "help yourself". It does not grow all that quickly, but should give you adequate cover inside three years.  Choose several varieties carefully if you want berries as you need both a male and female plant. 


foxglove and delphiniums

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 17:04

PC - love demolitions - so do the slugs!  I planted my delphinium seeds in the spring and now have three dozen plants in individual pots, but outside in watering trays.  They are growing well, but I keep them well watered.  A daily slug trawl seems essential - checking under the pots and in the watering trays - what a hassle.  Anyone got any ideas on that?

Foxgloves are pretty hardy - I wouldn't plant them out just yet unless you can water them frequently - they need dampish soil to get their roots down - but they should be fine planted in the autumn.


can you ID my new succulent please?

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 21:20

Thank you jo47 - I took a fancy to it - it's like one of those sweety necklaces the children used to buy with many separate disks piled on top of each other.

can you ID my new succulent please?

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 15:14

Oh thank you VS - I've now been able to google it and I'm not sure if it's crassula perforata or rupestris .  I think it may well be the latter, sometimes called babies necklace, but will have to wait until it flowers to be sure.  Anyhow, I'm grateful for your lead.

white flowering shrub

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 15:03

Yes Deutzia.  After flowering you need to cut out one third of the oldest growths at the base to encourage new young growth.  It can become quite woody and congested if you don't.


Posted: 29/07/2015 at 14:23

could be a trachycarpus fortunei - the chusan palm.  I grow something similar in a large tub in my garden in the Languedaoc, France.  It's very drought tolerant and just needs a little tidying up by removal of dead leaves from time to time, but these are tough and have serrated edges so take care!

can you ID my new succulent please?

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 14:06

I should add that all those "towers" are supported on just one rooted stem.

Discussions started by gardenning granny

can you ID my new succulent please?

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Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

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Are you gardening in France too?

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getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

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where have all the avatars gone?

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help - bignonia - campsis radicans

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more seed sowing queries

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overwintering solanum rantonnettii

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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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