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Grass ID

Posted: Today at 07:43

ditto Forester2. That fine line between native plant and invasive weed !


plant I don't have but would love

Posted: Today at 07:42

I grew it once, and , as Forester2 says, it didn't last long with me either.

I understand it's pretty easy from seed, but these are likely to be very variable and not come true to the parent.

North-facing border ideas, shared with neighbour.

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 23:07

Verbena Bonariensis springs to mind at this late hour. Even in winter their skeletal forms give structure and they're inclined to seed around.


Posted: 27/07/2014 at 20:57

Charley, Anthony, thanks guys.

I've been shopping for new plants for a project later to create a " jungle garden"  big and over the top, ( bit like me really) to include some of the giant hostas. Watch this space.


Corylus Avellana Contorta

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 07:00

hiya Dove,

Thanks for that and it's lovely to see you too.

I've bee a bit busy of late. Finished work at 11pm Friday, 10 pm last night, 4 hours sleep , been up since 5 , watered the polytunnel, about to have some breaky then back to work for 8!! I'm too old for this silly old malarkey.

Corylus Avellana Contorta

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 06:48

I've never seen one much over 6ft/ 1.8m tall. The contorted nature means their actual height takes a long time to establish any great height. If you want height, look at Corylus Maxima Purpurea, which is much quicker and can easily reach 10ft / 3m in around 5 years.


Chilis Shrivelling

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 23:34

silly question perhaps, but are you watering  / feeding enough in this very warm weather?? I'm watering my polytunnel twice a day.


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 23:19

Hiya all.

Sorry to have been absent for so long and I am really genuinely touched and more than a little surprised ,by those who have mentioned me. I am totally fine , but as I work for Waitrose now, delivering customer shopping, here in Devon it's now full of holidaymakers, and , when I'm not at work, I'm desperately trying to keep up with my own garden.

My hostas have suffered a bit with slugs/ snails this year too. I blame it on the mild winter not killing enough of them off.After an otter ate all the fish in our pond, I filled it with frog spawn in the spring, so I'm hoping they'll be munching on slugs soon.

p.s. went back to the nursery in Surrey I used to deal with and came away with 11 new ( to me ) varieties. 


Warmest regards to you all.

Knautia Macedonia?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 20:03

I've grown them from seed, they come true and have a  good germination rate

Help ID

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 19:09

Helleborus foetidus

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