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Honeysuckle help needed!

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 18:36

You may well find that you have seedlings coming up if you allowed the berries to fall!

and you're not the only one whose "rampant" plants fizzle out, I only got 2 courgettes off a dozen plants when all my friends were complaining of huge harvests - on the other hand I had abundant tomatoes from self-saved seed where others did not do so well - swings and roundabouts - and loads of enthusiasm.

please tell me the name of these plants

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 18:30

sorry Verdun - I think we were both replying at the same moment and got the poor old system confused as to who got there first.

please tell me the name of these plants

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 17:26

Kef, there are loads of different euphorbias - from the little ones, to the big majestic ones (Chariacas).  I even have one called Jimmy Platt whose flowers give off the scent of fresh coffee on a sunny day!  Then there is a little one that's almost a succulent, euphorbia myrsinites, that I grew from seed and hangs down over a low wall.  Most of them do well in hot, dry conditions - and some are biennial.....there's even  a prickly cactus-like one - sorry I can't remember all the names at the moment.  Once you get into euphorbias there is a huge range to choose from.

Honeysuckle help needed!

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 17:19

Don't panic - honeysuckle is something of a thug, so just cut back to a bud, or even down to the ground and it should sprout up vigorously, even if you don't want it to!

Good luck - and leave the berries on in the autumn for the birds.

Bird feeders

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 17:16

At last we have got a couple of chaffinches and I haven't seen them for a long time - bet they don't come by for the big count though.

herbaceous plants

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 17:12

I'm growing from seed - you can get quite big plants quite quickly if you sow now and keep on the ktchen   window sill.  I currently have about 30 Patty Plum poppies, grown from a pinch of saved seed in October, and am about to plant some more saved seed in the next few days.  The thing about seeds is that even if you only want half a dozen, you invariably end up with many more and can select the strongest to plant, and give the others away.

Plant ID please

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 17:07

There are several varieties of purple loosestrife - the one I have is quite shrubby and is growing underneath an old apple tree, so not too damp in summer.  I think it is tolerant of a variety of conditions, and that day lily growing next to it makes a lovely combination.

please tell me the name of these plants

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 16:48

Hello Laura

I think the one at the back, the spikey one, is mahonia - the Oregon Grape, and the one at the front looks like euphorbia - a useful but rather boring plant which spreads like crazy but can be easily controlled just by digging out.  I have the euphorbia in a shady spot where not much else wants to grow, bnut there are much nicer euphorbias to be had, with interesting flower heads.  I can't see what you think might be a sweet pea.

Bird feeders

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 11:01

The other thing about the bird count is that different birds come at different times of the day.  I usually do mine at intervals through the day to stand a chance of recording my most frequent visitors.

I'm delighted to say a flock of long tailed tits arrived yesterday - such pretty little birds - and a couple of goldfinches, but nowhere near the numbers I've had in previous years.


Posted: 07/01/2014 at 10:54

Thanks Bob.  I'll do it as soon as the rain stops long enough for me to run to the greenhouse.  It's always a pleasure to be there as it seems to stay warm, and I have overwintering succulents and rooted cuttings up there, so the optimism for the coming year.

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