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Plant id please

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 00:45

I agree - Jasminum beesianum. I have one ramping over my wall and now it's beating at the window. It can be a bit of a thug so I let it flower as Tetley suggests, then I give it a hefty trim. Sometimes it has a second flowering.

Last winter it got burned and looked tatty by spring so I trimmed it in April. It still flowered, later that usual in July.

Will my pelargoniums be OK?

Posted: 23/01/2015 at 20:50

You can start to water them if they're limp, but otherwise, leave them in the garage, cool and dry, for another month, unless you can give them really good light. Water if they're very limp but just enough to keep them going. If they've lived this far, they should certainly survive. You can replant and they'll grow in the barrel this year, but if they start to look drawn and leggy it would be better to cut them back to make them bushier. You could then use the prunings to take cuttings. Win win!

They're semi-succulent so they like it cool and dry over winter. If they're damp and shady, they get very leggy. Usually, indoor light isn't good enough so you'd be better to keep them dormant until light levels and temperatures improve.

Hope this helps!

Friend or foe

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 01:50

I cut the bottom off plastic 2litre bottles and slot them over the poles of the feeders. You may have to cut up the side too, to get it to fit. Then you need two overlapping, with the splits offset. The rats can't bypass the bottles so can't get up the poles. Looks a bit weird but it works.

Tomato gro-bag compost

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 11:57

Hi Ann. What a bad year for you! Still, one tiny ray of sunshine is that the compost is perfectly safe to add to your bins. You could even use it to pot other things in. The blight spores won't survive. New ones will arrive next year, of course, but we may not have the conditions for it to infect our plants then. They need a Smith Period, which is 48 hours of minimum temperature of 10C and very high humidity, about 90%, to germinate. We had this in August here in Kent, and my outdoor toms got it.

I've found that if you keep an eye on your plants and promptly cut out any leaves or stems showing symptoms, you can delay the damage and get a crop.

Help ID my plant please???

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 10:57

It looks like a Sorbaria to me. If so, it's tough and will grow more or less anywhere, but may sucker. I have S. sorbifolia 'SEM' in a pot though my neighbour has it in the ground where there's lots of competition. It's suckering gently.

plants and container for small rockery

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 01:41

If you're anywhere near Rainham in Kent, the Apline Garden Society is holding its spring show at Rainham Girls' School on Saturday (22nd). Lots of inspiring exhibits and some great nurseries.

Newbie raised bed!

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 01:32

Vermiculite is good as a covering for seeds sown indoors, but I wouldn't use it outside. It's so light it'll blow away. Besides, it's way too expensive to use outside and not in the least necessary. I also wouldn't recommend peat. It's an environmental no-no, contains no nutrients and is expensive. Organic matter is a very good idea but you'll have plenty in the mushroom compost. (As a bonus, you may get a crop of mushrooms too!)

A box of bonemeal for slow-release fertiliser, and blood,fish and bone for faster acting, both good and fairly cheap. Maybe too a box of sulphate of potash as a booster. There are instructions on dosage on the packets - don't be tempted to overdo it. Your mix of sandy loam and mushroom compost will be fine without peat or vermiculite - don't waste your money on them.

Don't be in too much of a hurry to sow if you don't have a greenhouse, though I admit the temptation is to crack on asap. If you wait until light levels and temperatures are higher, they'll grow stronger and will soon catch up. Fleece is great for protection, but if outdoors make sure you peg it down firmly.

Best of luck and happy vegging!

Last 3 plant ID's

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 18:57

I can think of a good reason to keep hairy bittercress - it's delicious! It tastes like ordinary cress but a little bit stronger. It's great in a salad or sandwich. I don't weed it out now unless it's growing somewhere really inconvenient, but I've eaten so much of it that it's beginning to disappear from my garden!

Can anyone help ID these plants please?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 18:49

The grassy one looks rather like Deschampsia caespitosa. On the other hand, the leaves seem to have a distinctive rounded point. If they're also very smooth and glossy, it could be Ophiopogon, the green version - the one more usually seen is the black one, lily turf.

Where is the best place to look for information on ferns?

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 12:14

Hi Heather. The British Pteridological Society's website is full of useful info. There may even be a group near you and they're very friendly people. (Yes, I'm a member.)

Another good nursery for buying online is in Ireland. They have lovely ferns in beautiful condition.

For low-growing evergreen ferns, I can recommend Polystichum setiferum and it's many varieties. They're evergreen and very graceful, and so easy to grow. There's also our native Hart's Tongue, Asplenium scolopendrium, which also has lots of varieties. We have some great native Polypodiums which will grow well on stumps an in hollows in old wood.

There are lots of Dryopteris species, some tall but plenty of lower growing ones. Watch out though, because some are deciduous. Though don't discount deciuous ferns, there are some real beauties, like the many Athyrium hybrids which have some amazing colours. They grow well with bulbs an other plants that die down in summer, like Arums.

Heucheras, Heucherellas and Tiarellas (all related) are lovely among ferns and slugs don't like them. That's the only drawback to Hostas - molluscs.

I think it's a lovely idea to have lots of ferns and a stumpery (but then I would - I'm fanatical about them!) I warn you, once you get a taste for them they really take hold of you. I have about 300!

Best of luck with your project.

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