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Plant IDs

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 17:35

I agree - but don't forget there are lots of different campanula's to try - have fun!

Identify my plant please

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 17:31

but the picture in the RHS book looks just like that - just a suggestion

Identify my plant please

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 15:14

Just looked in Christopher |Brickell - could it be epilobium augustifolium - the white willow herb?   We're all familiar with the wild rose bay willow herb and it does look similar.  He describes it as "can spread rapidly".

Plant IDs

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 14:58

was picture 2 a rambly climbing thing with prickles?  if so it will have had wonderful scented flowers, but the prickles get you every time if you attempt to go near it!

the lamium - aka dead nettle - should produce purple flowers, spread everywhere as groundcover, but be easily pulled up when you've had enough of it.

The campanula - if it's like mine, gets leggy after flowering.  I run my hands over ity like a comb and remove vast quantities of compostible stems, leaving a tidier mound to flower again.

Reviving a dying plant

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 11:09

some of my best and most interesting plants have arrived like this - I don't have the money to spend on expensive plants so gather seeds, take cuttings, and regularly check the chucky-out bin at the garden centre.

Keep at it - and don't worry if you are late planting - I had a wonderful crop of runner beans last year after planting seed in July when all around had planted at the right time and had little success.


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....

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