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Fuschia Cutting's

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:29

I must admit my succeses are all from cuttings taken in April, just as the plants start back into growth again - once they are are growing strongly and thinking about flowering it is too late - in my experience anyhow.  The early ones I just poke into the pots around the parent plants and there's no stopping them.

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:21

Ragdoll - you ned the plants for the caterpillars to feed on as well as the nectar plants for the butterflies- perhaps you need a wild area with nettles and things....?

I have yellow swallowtails on my budleija here in France this year as well as others I'm not so good at identifying.

Christmas Amarylis

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:14

nothing wrong - you fed it and it's enjoying itself - lucky you.  I keep mine year after year - when it has finished cut off the flower stalk and then feed it a bit more.  If it starts to die back stop watering and  let it dry out until you are ready to plant next autumn - it may simply keep going in the green.  what colour is it anyway?

ID Please

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:11

it's a wld veronica, and yes very pretty and will selfseed everywhere - but easy to remove when they are really in the wrong place

Are these suckers

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:09

there are usually more leaflets on suckers - and smaller, like wild roses

good luck with your cuttings Alan - I've had a few take, but the majotity of mine stay deceptively green for months, before going brown and, when lifted, having no roots - but I bet you did it properly, whilst I'm a bit hit and miss

what were they thinking of

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:04

of fidget, you are a wag!

but think of all the peole that must have been on their hands and knees (and bumpsy daisies) to get it in place.

A couple of plant IDs please

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 21:47

not anything like my penstemons which are rather shrubby - could they be cornflowers?

I think the bouquet flowers are lisianthus - often used by florists and usually white or purple


Posted: 23/06/2014 at 10:48

Please don't cut off the aerial roots - it needs them to grow.

Use a small stick to help straighten it if it is leaning too much, ,

Mine are the easiest plant - even my son manages to look after them whilst I am away.  He stands them in a washing up bowl and waters from the top with tap water and a drop of orchid feed - leaves to stand for one hour, then takes them out of the water, drains, and replaces in pot covers - once a week, or thereabouts. 

They live on a windowsill which does not get too much sun......about five years old now and keep on flowering.

What happens when I'm at work!

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 10:39

I really feel for you Ryan - but tomorrow is another day.

My pregnant neighbour grew a wonderful row of runner beans and watched the flowers multiply daily, anticipating the crop to follow.  She then dozed off in her garden chair, to be awoken by her toddler daughter bringing her a bunch of flowers - pretty red flowers - she has picked every one of the flowers off the beans!

Try to use the situation to educate your sister - take her to the garden centre and let her help you choose the replacements - make her responsible for daily watering and point out every bit of growth that occurs - help her to take pride in the results of her labours - and don't forget those labels to mark what is planted.

Good luck - hope to hear how it all turns out later.



Very leggy Philadelphus

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 10:20

I wouldn't think t the best choice for a focal shrub - flowers are all over very quickly and then it is just tall and green for the rest of the year (about 7 foot high in my garden) - it's also prone to blackfly in my garden - I've relegated to the hedge.  The scent is wonderful though.  More productive in my garden is Choisya - a more rounded and controllable shrub with interesting leaves.  Cut back hard after flowering it will flower again later in the year and has a heavy "honey" scent.

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