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Unknown plant/shrub

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 21:25

I've been looking at the Phlomis russeliana and the leaves definately look the same and the stems are square in shape. From what I've read they are also called Turkish Sage. I think the guy said that the flowers were green/yellow. I'm pretty sure that's what I have got. Thanks to everyone for helping with identifying it.

My next question would be is this a plant that encourages pollinators?

Crocus flowers not opening

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:11

I have some beautiful white ones that are just ready and waiting for the sun, they remind me of little parachutes or balloons. Hope we get some sunshine soon.

Damnation to double flowers

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:00

Good news Ww, not seen any pollinators yet, just goes to show they are out there

Fork Handles

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 22:41

Haven't watched news at 10 for years until tonight, loved the ferret/pine marten running across the pitch. Even better when one of them got bit by it and it needed someone to hold his hand as he walked off with a plaster

Crocus flowers not opening

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 22:37

I've had a few flowers that have behaved the way you describe, I do think it's due to lack of sun

Talkback: How to grow lupins

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 22:35

I love lupins. I find them extremely hardy where I live and need no special treatment at all. I was lucky I had a couple of them already established when I moved here. Still debating whether to divide the lovely purple one, don't want to kill it, but might just have to be brave when the weather warms up.

I bought a bare root one which did very little in the first year I planted it, but the 2nd (last year) it came up treat.

The seeds that I sowed last year are growing in well in my cold frames, not sure if they will flower this year, but maybe. I must have been lucky no need for spraying and they grow really well in my heavy soil

Compost v topsoil

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 21:18

Have to say that did make me chuckle.

Unknown plant/shrub

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 20:43

it's a really difficult one as all I've got to go on is what the plant looks like now and what the description was, he didn't know the name of it and  I haven't seen what the flowers look like. 

I've seen the verbacum bombyciferum before and would match the soft feel of the leaves. It might be a phlomis, but really not sure. Re the link is that the same Bowles that the Bowles Mauve wallflowers are named after?

It might be a sage, grew some commercial packets of clary sage, they had coloured leaves.

If it flowers, will definately post some pictures.

Thanks again.

Unknown plant/shrub

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 19:27

Thanks for all your suggestions. It's a bit of mystery. He did say it's something unusual when it flowers, and would do best at the back of the beds. He also said it wouldn't be suitable for small gardens. He had to move it as it was casting shade on other plants.............that's why I wasn't keen. My garden isn't a small one but it's not that big either.

I've got a place in mind for it go, a patch that that is fairly empty in partial shade so we will see how it does there. I'll post some more pics later if it survives and flowers

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 23:06

I'm going to have to disagree with you Rosa. Raised beds are very easily made out of palletts, which are free and easy to come by and very realistic for the average persons garden/wallet, I should know, I'm one of them.

The point I was trying to make is that whilst Monty might have been doing things "with money no object" it was still inspiring, You can do the same in your own garden for a fraction of the cost. I don't believe that you have to dig 3 foot with a mini digger to lay a path and I also know that you don't have to numerous skip to take the soil away. I've landscaped my own garden last year. Most of the garden is built from free recyled stuff

I'm too young to have watched Geoff Hamiliton on GW, time and people move on



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