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Indoor Plant

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 20:34

but the mother in laws tongue has the most fragrant flowers which open at night and will scent a room for days on end - and won't get upset if you forget to water it for months on end.

Invasive shrub

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 20:31

and here am I struggling to get Pamina to survive, let alone increase! it came from Beth Chatto garden but clearly does not like my heavy clay much.  The white ones have done a little better.  I would love a few clumps of pink ones....

Came across this ground covering shrub but need help identifying it. x2 photos

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 20:27

the leaves are ab bit like mahonia |(oregon grape) but that grows taller

Can you help identify this plant (v. 2) ?

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 20:24

I grow two phlomis - the one with yellow flowers and the one with pink flowers which are also in tiers.  They do really well in my garden in the Languedoc which us very hot and dry for three months in the summer, but can then be ravaged by icy winds from the mountains in winter.  Is russeliana a different one? How hardy is it and what colour are the flowers?  I'm always on the lookout for anything that might be able to tolerate difficult growing conditions without need ing attention.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 14:10

I'm rather pleased that the abutilon seeds I planted have finally managed to produce some flowers - only three plants from the whole packet, but a colourful display now.

I'm not sure why the picture which was the right way up in the file has turned itself sideways when uploading.

and here is a different view of the pot.



how to grow Bignonia from seed

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:57

Thanks Lyn, but they are not begonia, but bignonia (sometimes called the trumpet vine)

 good to see you are reconnected to email.

how to grow Bignonia from seed

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 10:34

I've brought home a seed pod from a beautiful bignonia and as it is now brown and hard decided to crack it open.  It is full of winged seeds, thin as tissue paper.

Should I plant them now? Stratify? keep in a warm place? or wait until spring?  Or is it just wishful thinking that I can grow my own?

I know somebody will know and whoever gave me the advice on planting agapanthus seed - a big thank you as I now have many good sized plants.  I didn't think they would be that easy!

Need an easy use composter

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 17:32

aha - so the multitude in the more soggy bin are are getting too hot?  I'm sure they'll enjoy being relocated to the drier bin next to it.....but wasn't that the one that housed the grass snake in the summer? And he, with his beautiful blue eyes, did say hello to me daily for weeks!

they are certainly the biggest fattest worms that I see, so running out of food could be the answer?

thanks, Artjak, anyhow....always something fascinating going on in the garden.

anyone tried taking grevillea cuttings?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:03

My grevillea, in my Languedoc garden, flowered magnificently this spring and has just filled up with a new set of buds.  Sadly it was just being fleeced for the winter so I will miss seeing them.  It had put on quite a bit of growth so I wanted to take cuttings.  Ihave taken six semi-ripe stems, dipped in rooting hormone and then sunk into very gritty compost and schist mix.  I'm not very hopeful but have got them on my English kitchen windowsill.

What should I have done? - info for next year please.

ash from wood burner

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 14:55

I have spread last years woodash around the roses this year, though not right up to the stems, and they have all flowered magnificently.  It does needraking/forking in though, as it turns into a claggy mess if you just leave it on the surface.

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where have all the avatars gone?

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help - bignonia - campsis radicans

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more seed sowing queries

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how to grow Bignonia from seed

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anyone tried taking grevillea cuttings?

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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how to get rid of it - and then will the wasps return next year 
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When can I put the geraniums out?

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