gardenning granny

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Identification please

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 16:23

Not oleander.  Bouganvillea - widely grown as hedging shrub in warmer climes - no scent - best grown in a conservatory, or outside in a very warm spot during the summer in England.

Desired or going on a green bin journey?

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 16:19

First one is clover (three leaflets to a stem)

2 and 3 could be calendula (marigolds) or self seeded forget-me-nots - I'd hang on to them to see how they develop (the first pair of leaves are naot necesaarily the true leaves)

4 is fat hen - helpful in the compost bin so long as it hasn't run to seed.

Am I Killing my Succulents?!

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 16:05

I'm not sure if you're talking about echeverias or aloes - both rather different from each other.

The aloes have a very fleshy centre which can rot really easily if water sits within the leaves.  They need very little water but mine live in partial shade here in the Languedoc - outside from February to  November and watered only occasionally and if it is very hot, like now (38 degrees today).  The leaves may fold in a bit to preserve moisture in hot weather.  They like a very gritty free draining soil and cannot bear to stand in water as mentioned above. Any water should drain through the pot fairly quickly.

The echeverias are true succulents - again very gritty free draining  soil and need even less water.  I have mine in two balconnieres in full sun and they have not been watered since early April.  I took pity on them this week as the temperature soared.  They live on a wide wall all summer and will come in for the winter in November.  They do not like sitting in water, and again if you allow water to remain within the rosettes they will rot. They are flowering right now.

My grandson grows succulents in England because they can  stand a lot of neglect, like cacti!

I've tried to post a picture but the camera icon doesn't seem to do what the old green tree icon used to so I'm afraid that has been a failure. i Can't find a "how to" anywhere.

School sent home a plant

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 15:19

Yes, Crocosmia.  If it gets really tall and flowers bright red it will most probably be Lucifer but there are several much shorter varieties in shades from yellow, through orange to red.

Shrub ID?

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 15:14

is it some kind of climber or creeper? 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 23/06/2017 at 15:12

how I envy you all your more civilised temperature - it's 38degrees here and I'm keeled over with feet in a bowl of cold water and a fan directing warm air at me.  So sad to see a couple of shrubs curling up in the heat.  On the plus side I've been watching a family of blue tits tumbling through the neflier tree and swallows zooming to and fro over my head so it's not all bad.  We have a red alert for the "canicule" or heatwave with administrations to keep shutters closed and to dowse ourselves regularly inside and out with cold water.  Cooler next week I think but longing for a thunder storm

semperviviums survival mechanism

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 10:44

I'm amused to see the article on semperviviums today - I have many different ones but I had no idea they might have "names"!  Here in the Languedoc I find they close up to protect themselves from the heat and the sun and I have to water them from time to time, but they tumble down our rocky garden in little "waterfalls" of plants - very pretty.

help me find a plant with "Matilda" in it's name

Posted: 14/06/2017 at 20:29

Thanks fior all your help - I finally came across an Intichata Alstromeria called Bryn (I know, it;s not Matilda) in shades of orange and buff with lovely whiskers - perfect for the pot and stunning  look at.  It really reminds me of my chatty cat.

Climber in a pot?

Posted: 30/05/2017 at 12:34

Clematis will have bare stems all winter, unless you go for Armandii which can be stunning and large and scented.  Depth of soil is the all important factor, which is why I suggested a trough running the width of your shed.You can then pop nasturtium seeds at the froint which would both trail over the edge and climb the lower part of the shed wall.

Do let us know what you finally decide.

Climber in a pot?

Posted: 29/05/2017 at 12:11

I think I would build a low raised bed in front of it - the deeper you can make it the better.  There are then many things that could be planted in it, not necessarily climbers - Kerria and bamboo would both make an interesting screen, while the everlasting sweet pea (grow it from seed) and sweet jasmine could battle it out together on the trellis.  Any chance of attaching guttering to the shed roof to direct rainwater down into the raised bed?  That would help the watering.

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