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ID please

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 20:38

I'm not 100% sure, but could be a Torenia?

I had the same flower in my garden this year, except I didn't plant or so the seeds! I think I had this plant a couple of years ago, let it self seed and even though they didn't flower last year, I must have disturbed some dormant seeds and the plant flowered beautifully this year!

J Parkers let down

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 11:08

I did not realise J Parkers and T&M had a poor reputation!


Earlier this year, I ordered from JP for the first time, and thankfully did not have any problems (plants were for a customer). I ordered two bare root plants that arrived earlier than the predicted date.

My only negative would be, although the plants looked healthy, there were the odd poorly pruned stems which had dieback - I was easily able to prune the dead stems back, so why it wasn't done properly in the first place, I don't know..... anyways, thankfully the plants are now thriving!  


I wouldn't order from D.T. Brown in a hurry. Couple of years ago, I ordered Nasturtium 'Jewel Cherry Rose' from there and once the seeds I sown came into flower, the majority were the usual orange and red colours, with the odd pink instead of being all pink!  

What should I do now?

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 12:09

Landlubber: Pinching out is where you snip the stem (I use small scissors, for a clean cut), and like Baza said at about the fourth leaf bud. This encourages new strong shoots that will provide the plant with a better structure and provide more flowers, otherwise the plant will be leggy and can look a bit unsightly.


Various questions about a new hedgerow of plants

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 11:54

1: First plant on from the left looks like it could be Pyracantha (although a little hard to tell, so would need a closer photo), second and fourth plants aren't Laurel (not sure what they are), plants three and five are Laurel and six and seven are Pyracantha.


2: The last two plants are dying - Same has happened at one of my customers garden. I moved a small Pyracantha shrub (one out of four) because it had apparently hardly grown since they were first planted. The shrub was in poor soil, right next to big conifer and from what I know of, got hardly/if any sun light. I moved one shrub to a more open but sheltered spot, in dappled sun and better soil but the plant (that was healthy before) started to die after a week or so. Not sure why, either I didn't dig enough roots out or it could be shock.

Do you know where your plants (Pyracanthas especially) have come from?


6: Auto irrigation system isn't always the best way to go. Unless you check the plants regularly, you've got to be careful that the plants don't get over/under watered (not all will, but some might), which is why it is important to check  

Pumpkin vines

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 19:04

Thankyou for your quick reply Philippa Smith2!

I am not sure what variety they are, as I used the seeds from last years supermarket pumpkin. They are also growing outdoors, in a low raised bed.

That's disappointing to read - the one green pumpkin is a good size to carve! Never mind, I'm happy that I'll have one small pumpkin (which is turning orange).


Thankyou for your help/advice. I will do what you said tomorrow   


Pumpkin vines

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 16:27

Hi all, I was wondering if you could help me.

I have three pumpkin vines and each vine has one pumpkin on. Can I cut the end of the vines to the nearest pumpkin? Two pumpkins are still green, so I was wondering whether cutting the vines shorter, might put more energy into the pumpkins?



Posted: 10/12/2013 at 18:58

Thankyou for your replies, and sorry for my super late response!

What ever it was, did attack my basil leaves in the end, and for some reason my rose in a pot next to the greenhouse too   


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 19:09

Wow, that hawk moth is beautiful! I found a Lime Hawk Moth a couple of years ago, resting on the wall in our garden. 




Posted: 20/08/2013 at 18:37

I was wondering whether anyone could tell me, what pest is eating these Parsley leaves? I have Basil in the other side of the tray, yet they've hardly been touched. I thought it was odd that they had just eatten the leaves, and not the stems aswell.





What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 16:47

I grew some Nigella damascena (mixed colours) last year, then let them self seed. Absolutely love them this year, a much better show!!


We've got a lovely display of Sweetpeas too. Last year, the House Sparrows and little Jenny Wren loved eating the greenflies off the plant!





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