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Posted: 24/02/2014 at 18:59

just look at all those buds still to come.....should be in flower for months.

Well done T-N.

conflicting answers

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 18:09

My Kiftsgate rose is unstoppable - throws out long wands and grows a mile a minute.  The flowers are held in huge lemon-scented clusters, and it is the most violent rose I know.  Pruning makes it grow even longer and stronger.  Or the old-fashioned American Pillar Rose has equally unpleasant thorns - the sort that reach out to grab you when you're not looking.  I suppose you'd need to tie them in to uprights, but nobody in their right mind would think of trying to walk through or even near to these.

As far as anti-social behaviour is concerned, the police have no powers to do anything other than knock on the offenders door and ask them politely not to do it again.  A solicitor could bring an injunction...  not a happy place to be.



Posted: 23/02/2014 at 15:36

Hope the earthquake didn't catch you Marion. Would love to see the breathtaking prunus too.

Wish I could get my bergenias to do something....anything.  They must be in the wrong place - what conditions do they like?

Good to see the celandines at last - brazen hussy is doing her thing but I'm still waiting for the fancy double ones I got several years ago.  They are really lovely, but of course don't self seed, unlike all other celandines which reach thug proportions very quickly.


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.

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