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Name this plant challenge

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 14:15

I had some seeds from who knows where. This plant grew to about 4 feet last year and I cut it down in the autumn. It has seeded itself this spring and I have a few seedlings coming on. Does anybody know what it is. It does not flower.


Will anything grow in full shade?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 12:45

Dont make the same mistake we made, get a tree surgeon in before you start planting

get the trees thinned and topped first, then prepare your beds. I have got lots of interesting plants including a lot that have been mentioned. Aquelegias do quite well, I have just planted a Solomons Seal that looks very pretty and some white fox gloves, ferns, etc

 Oops hope the pic I uploaded isnt too big.

Can think of any veg that will tolerate shade except wild garlic.


Posted: 21/06/2013 at 10:06

If its any consolation, mine are very slow to get started too. 

hollyhock growth

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:25

I have tried 3 times to get hollyhocks going from seed and had very mixed results.

Any tips?


Very large garden - where to start

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 11:05

Good luck. I was in a similar position, but my garden was less jungle, more shady bare patches from so many trees. I spent some time researching what would grow in shady, dry areas and did a bit of experimenting. As you are near the coast, I am sure there will be specific plants that will thrive in your area and soil. Check out the RHS book of plants, it lists this sort of thing. As many others have said, divide you garden into  plots /areas and work on one or two at a time, you can always go back and change or develop it in the future, thats the fun part!!


Beginner failing miserably.

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 15:04

sounds like they are too cold. Dont give up!

Talkback: Blind daffodils

Posted: 19/04/2013 at 12:38

Mmm Hyacinths! lovely. bought some in Morrisons for £1 and kept them around the house this spring, house smells fab and will plant them out when they die down


Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:18

Hi, if you look on the pack of compost you buy, they should say suitable for small seeds, however i have found some of these can be lumpy so I use a garden sieve to get rid of the lumps and to put the thin top layer over the seeds. They are probably taking a long time to sprout as its been so cold. I have had to sow lots of types of seed in my kitchen this year even though I have a green house! Any I have sown outside have taken forever!! good luck


sweet pea framework

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:33

I grew sweetpeas on wigwams last year, this year I want to try growing them up a metal arch, has anyone else done this successfully?

Talkback: Growing Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 12:02

I'm trying them this year for the first time, the seeds have germinated in my cold greenhouse (with a  propogator lid on) but are still very small.Looking forward to seeing them grow whenever we get a spring or summer this year!! still very windy here in Gloucestershire!

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