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Can you identify these plants in my garden?

Posted: 13/03/2015 at 13:18

plant c looks like a lewisia - but I thought they were not hardy?

plant d refuses to enlarge. but looks like tradescantia

I await correction from those with more knowledge than me!

mahonia X media charity

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 12:08

leave the berries on - the blackbirds absolutely love them and bring their babies to enjoy the treat!

what is Mertus

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 12:03

I have one in a clay pot and it has hardly grown in three years - a dwarf scrubby shrub.  I pop it in the greenhouse for the winter....perhaps I'll treat it to a bit of fertiliser this year!  I've not seen any flowers yet, though.

Can you identify these plants in my garden?

Posted: 12/03/2015 at 11:59

Hello Lucy L

First one could be Phlomis - a sizeable shrub - tlerartes lots of sunshine and drought conditions

and second one could  be delospermum (ficoides) - a sunlover - sometimes called Livingstone Daisy

bit surprised to see them in Scotland though, as I grow both of these in the Languedoc to survive the 3 months of drought we get there.

What does anyone else think?

bumble bees

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 17:50

...and I found the first vine weevil grubs! grrrr

Should I soak these first

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 17:48

...and I'd do them in pots in the greenhouse to start with.

Sedges grown into side of preformed pond

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 13:42

hello Peter - I think you could have a tussle on with sedges.  In my pond they deep rooted and were hard to get out, and then self-seeded all over the garden.  My advice would be to start as soon as you see them - pull them out, cut through the roots if that's not feasible and then watch out for any bits that start up again....good luck, and don't forget to make sure you have an escape route for any hedgehogs that fall into the pond.

Clumps of crocus with no flowers

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 13:33

...and of course mice and squirrels absolutely adore the corms which is why people often plant them in pots with a a mesh over the top to precent them beingexcavated and consumed!

Clumps of crocus with no flowers

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 10:20

I agree - poor things are probably starved after living under the conifers.  Heap on the compost and feed now, whilst they are still in leaf.  You may be rewarded later this year if you are lucky, otherwise they should be fine next year.  The alternative is to lift them after the foliage diies down, store until autumn, then plant in pots with good compost and pamper them in pots for next year before returning to the improved soil where you wanted them.

Lidl surprises

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 10:14

If it's as good as almost everything else I get from Lidl it will be pretty good.  Their grass seed is excellent, and the granular plant food is half the price of branded makes - the only problem with that though is it is sold in cardboard boxes which absorb the damp in my shed so have to remember to decant into plastic containers.

Be interested to know what you think once you've tried it.

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