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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!

can anyone ID this plant please?

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:30

Thanks Dove

Thats kind of what I was expecting, but campsis tends to have leaves rather like rowan and I'm not sure what these will do as it gets bigger.  On the new leaves there is a distinctive purply look as the stem moves into the base of the leaf.  It also has a bit of a smell to it, but I can't place it.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:24

a little bit different - I grew these Oleander from cuttings so am rather proud of them, the flowers in the pot are pourprier - is that portulacca?  Gardening here i the Languedoc is a

real challenge as it can be scorching hot and the area is all rock and scree.  The oleanders are planted in a square tubs that can be wheeled into the shade when we are not here.


Unidentified Plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:09

definitely a kiwi and it will have lovely creamy white scented flowers, you lucky thing - I lost mine when I had a garden room added to the house, but it had covered a pergola before then and the scent was woth having even if the fruit were only tiny....the stems will be very brittke so take care if you want to tie it in

can anyone ID this plant please?

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:02

I collected seed last year and saved in an envvelope marked "yellow campsis type flower".  This year I seem to have excellent germination but what is it?  Some are in my planters in England, but the end of the seed tray has been planted here in the Languedoc and it looks as though it may want to climb a bit?

 oh dear - not sure why they have gone sideways - but perhaps you can se enough?

any help welcome


Posted: 30/06/2014 at 16:49

OMG - are you really sure you want russian vine?

As the trees on the bank below our house in Languedoc were being strangled out of existance it has taken us over two years of sparaying with glyphosate to almost rid us of the stuff - it's been a nightmare. 

Not the most hospitable of places here, but we are growing honeysuckle and jasmine.  We also find that Passionflower is rampant - originally grown from seed we have suckers (ot seedlings?) all over the place now, but after flowering it does have beautiful apricot-looking fruits and you can make a nice jelly with them!

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