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Posted: 12/10/2012 at 01:30

Here's a clip to Horticulture Week:

Van Noort forced to stop growing geranium type after DNA testing

By Jack Sidders 16 April 2010

Dutch grower and breeder Marco Van Noort has lost a EUR200,000 licensing dispute with Blooms of Bressingham North America after DNA testing revealed "virtually no differences" between geraniums marketed by the two companies.

Sorry about the huge print. It doesn't look like that on the site

I'm not a subscriber so I couldn't go further, but there was a court case in 2010 where the name had to be withdrawn. In the RHS Plant Finder, under Jolly Bee it says see Rozanne. Having said that, I've also found several nurseries still listing Jolly Bee, mostly in the US but some in the UK.

I've split mine, and in different sites the colour does look a bit different - more purply in shade. Whatever, it's an A1 beautiful plant, and so unfussy. I have a piece that's been in a small pot for nearly 2 years, waiting for a home, and in spite of drying out more that once it's flowered all summer.


Posted: 11/10/2012 at 23:37

Lilylouise, I've grown wallflowers in pots for years. They work really well, even tall ones if the pot's big enough.

Lokelani, if Bowles Mauve looks too leggy, I cut off the stalks with flowers on the end and put them in water outside. That way they stay in a neat bunch and your bush looks tidier. They last quite well in water outdoors. Mine's doing the same at the moment but it looks really good - a sort of 3D effect. I took a promising photo but it's still in the camera!

Christopher2, I agree that geraniums are brilliant gound cover over bulbs and mostly low-maintenance. But the variety Jolly Bee has been withdrawn, or rather the name has, because it 's turned out to be exactly the same as Rozanne (DNA tested). Some naughty nursery has tried to pass it off as a new variety. It's a great plant - grows in sun or shade and the flowers last for ages because they're sterile. And what a colour!

Bambo like plant

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 23:18

Definitely Leycesteria formosa. It's a lovely plant but it can self-seed quite a bit, so watch out for plants where you don't want them. They're easy to remove when young, so not a great worry. The flowers are small and white and don't last all that long, but they're held in lovely dark red bracts that last for ages.

I can see a few dead bits in the pics - cut these out now while you can see them easily, then each spring (might not be needed next year) cut out the oldest stems at ground level. If they get too big, cut out more.

They lose their leaves in winter but the stems stay that lovely bright green, which looks really good. Happy growing!

Ice-cream Penstemons - 'Melting Candy'

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 00:16

Some species and varieties do flop naturally. They are hardy and slugs leave them alone on the whole. It's late in the year now, but next year try the Chelsea chop - cut them back by one third to a half in late May. They'll flower a bit later but the stems will be shorter, stiffer and less inclined to flop. I do this every year with Penstemon barbatus and some other plants and it works well.

Your plants look healthy. Are they in good light? They'll take some shade but it'll make them leggier.

If you want to move them now, make sure you water them well before you lift them and take a good rootball. Replant as soon as possible and water if it's very dry (fat chance!).

What is this strange plant?

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 00:04

Definitely liverwort. The growing conditions explain why the aubrieta died - it likes good drainage.

GW Presenters

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 00:02

Did you notice at the end of Friday's programme, Monty said GW ill be here every week till November? Despite the olympics! Hey, someone's listened to us!

GW Presenters

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 01:15

Am I the only one to be infuriated by the words 'still to come...'? Not just on GW, even news bulletins on both tv and radio do it. When there's a mere 30-minute slot and lots of editting to do, why do the producers think we need a summary and preview at the beginning of the show and a reminder half way through of what we haven't seen yet? Do they really think our attention span is so short that they can't keep us watching with real gardening stuff? So much programme time is wasted on previews and silly cammera tricks. I've been watching some Geoff Hamilton dvds; there was so much more substance in the programmes. It doesn't matter who the presenters are if the producers (or whoever) don't let them get on with it.

Talkback: Unpleasant plant smells

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 00:47

I had a lily in the house once. After a weekend away, as soon as I opened the door I thought something had died and was decomposing. It took me ages searching for a corpse to work out it was the lily. When I put it outside, it's scent was lovely, but indoors it was way too pungent.

scaredy cat plant, does it work

Posted: 22/06/2012 at 00:36

My neighbour's cats don't seem bothered by it. On the other hand, it has a lovely blue flower spike! You'd need several in the area the cats use - fine in the veg patch but not everywere. I think they smell of fox, so I'm hoping they keep rabbits at bay. They root very easily, so one or two plants would provide quite a lot quickly

Help identifying plants.

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 16:10

Hi Bonnie

Plant 2 looks very much like Dizigotheca elegantissima, also known as Aralia elegantissima, and it's definitely an indoor plant! It tends to be fussy too - hates waterlogging but will drop it's leaves if it gets too dry, and is a martyr to red spider mite and scale insect. Not that I want to put you off, as it's a lovely plant! When it gets big, the leaves are coarser and less interesting, but I can guarantee you won't get that far. If it starts looking tatty or infested, you can cut it hard back and it will reshoot. It would probably be healthier outdoors in summer and certainly less pest-prone, but definitely not hardy.

I agree with the others that plant 1 looks like a Hellebore. Plant 3 looks like lots of plants!

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