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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.

can you ID my new succulent please?

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 14:04

Have just acquired an interesting succulent from the Botanical Gardens in Olomouc, Czech Republic.  The cashier selling the plants had no idea what it was.  It has successfully survived much travel across Europe in a 2 litre ice-cream box.

Anyone know what it is?  This is it now planted into my meditteeraneran succulent bowl.



Posted: 22/06/2015 at 17:05

that's what I do!  I've already cut it to the ground twice this year and it's ready to do again now.  The first lot I soaked in a bucket of water until it stank like pig manure - filtered through a pair of tights and bottled the resultant liquid manure - it's brilliant for tomatoes.  The rest has gone into the compost bins....


Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:31

Information is helpful - especially in garden centres, but many people inherit plants like these when they move.  One answer is to teach children from a very early age never to eat anything unless they are certain it is safe - ask first.  My generation grew up knowing not to swallow laburnum seeds. or eat the berries off bushes they were not already familiar with.

If you visit the poison garden at Alnwick Castle, which is surrounded by high walls and locked, you discover that you are actually growing the majority of plants in there in your own garden.  Education is the key - not just to what is poisonous to eat, but plants that cause skin allergies too.  Forearmed is forewarned.

Mystery plan doing well

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 17:32

if it's the "common or garden" one it will be tall - around four foot in my garden - one of those tough as old boots sort of plants!

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