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plant I.D. please

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:47

They are very decorative in the garden.  If they get out of hand there is only one way to get rid of them and that's weedkiller.  They have a miriad of tiny bulblets deep under the soil and not matter how deep you dig you always leave some behind which then enjoy all that extra space you've left them.




Plant Id please

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:43

I agree with nut - and they do self seed.  I would thin them out as soon as you can and then you'll have a fantastic show this summer!

What am I?

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:15

I agree with nut - I love these as they pop up all over the place, sometimes yellow, sometimes orange.  Easy to pull out if you don't like where they've popped up, not so easy to transplant.  Low growing - but will continue to flower up to the first frosts.

Please recommend a lavender - will be in a large pot.

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:12

There is a wonderful lavender farm in Norfolk and they sell plugs of a great many varieties.  Look them up on the web - they will be able to advise you, but can also offer varieties that are not available in the garden centres.

I grow "bunny ears" lavender in a hot, dry spot in France - it needs a very poor, stony soil - great of you intend to neglect it!  However, if you want something taller there are many other varieties.

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 13:07

Many thanks, Philippa - I've sent you a pm, I think....if I have understood how the system works.

saffron crocus failing?

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 19:49

I visited a saffron farm a couple of years ago - up in the mountains in the Pyranees.  The bulbs were grown on a steep slope facing the sun, in somewhat barren ground. As has been said already, they need to roast in the summer, then the autumn rains will bring them into growth, and flower.  The flowers were over quite quickly after which the plants quickly looked rather dejected.  Probably not the best bulb to grow if you're after nice flowers.

I planted some up in my garden, but lost them all after a year - too wet, I think.

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 09:32

That would be wonderful, thank you - I'm always up for a challenge.

Being totally untechie I'm not sure how to set about letting you have my address? - it's this pm thing that I've not got to grips with yet.  Got to go out - will try it out later.  Thank you.

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 10:08

just googled it - it looks fascinating - I'm wondering if it would like my Languedoc garden?  Its very hot and dry in summer, but can get cold and wet in winter....always looking for new ideas that can look after themselves.  Lookls as though they would not cope well outside in England in the winter though.

A couple of plant I.D's please

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:43

I have split my tall sedum (spectabile) into smaller chunks and they do well in the very dry conditions in my Languedoc rockface garden - just bloom a little earlier than in England.  I get different butterflies there!

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:37

no idea of  the varieties - what colour were they?  There is a wonderful orange ornithogalum that is definitely not hardy (south African?) and need to be grown in a conservatory, but my garden is stuffed with a white ornithogalum which self seeds readily and flowers profusely in a shady, rather dry area of the garden.  You see them growing wild in the vineyards in the Languedoc.

Sorry - probably not in the least bit helpful!

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