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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!

Help with identifying this plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 16:34

it's a bit like lady in the bathtub - senior moment again - is that love lies bleeding?

Perennials from seed

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 21:48

unlike the annuals, perennials don't need a lot of warmth to germinate - I sow usually in spring, but later on will do - just don't expect them to bloom the first year, and if the plants are still quite small in the autumn I keep them in my cold greenhouse over winter

I've used  Chiltern a lot - they have some unuusual varieties and I think they send a booklet on how to germinate the various sorts of seed - ask for it when you place our order

I also collect seed from friends plants if I like the look of them and generally sow them straight away (that's what would happen in nature isn't it?)

have fun...


Major lilly problems

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:29

are they lilies or hemerocallis - day lillies?

if the latter, mine grow fairly dry and like to be in the sun

Help to identify

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:25

They look like geums - red, yellow or orange flowers on long stems and very pretty, but quite shortlived in my garden (2 to 3 years at most) - put them near the front of the border

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:22

don't despair over pots of seed that don't come up after a year - tip the pot into a space somewhere in the garden and mark with a stick - it's amazing what comes up even after a year or two.  rememberthe poppy seeds that lie in the ground for years until the soil is turned over and then they germinate.

Christmas Amarylis

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 10:35

It's used all its reserves on flowering so you must feed and water it to enable it to fatten up again, then when you replant in the autumn you feed and water some more - what a demanding bulb, but worth it even though it may never be quite as good as it was the first year.

what were they thinking of

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 18:12

wow fidget! just googled it

phlox of pink sheep?

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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