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Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 20:48
artjak wrote (see)

Jimbolena, your garden looks very interesting. I like what you have done there

Thanks, it's been 5 years in the making, there were a couple of perrenials and some ground cover plants, no steps and grass at the top terrace. I quickly covered the grass with bark because there's no access to the garden other than through the house so having to haul a lawn mower through every week was upsetting my wife and me.

I love the wee pond I built this year, it's developed into a delight. The algae issue has righted itself, I'm not 100% sure how, I was told that some little algae eating critters just arrive and munch away, the lilies help aswell but anyway it seems to have calmed down, I was cleaning it every two weeks which was a mission.


Anyway check out my algae cleaner, free of charge pot cleaner....


Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 18:39

I just read wikipedia about it, regarded as a weed by most gardeners, it can be eaten though so it may not go to complete

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 18:34

It's a pretty wee thing and thanks to everyone for the ID.

I feel it's going to spread a bit so it's end may be in the bin, any thoughts....I have a postage stamp of a garden so have to very selective.


Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 18:01

 I'm growing this in the greenhouse and it's doing well in there, it's even growing trailing stems. It's an interesting plant as the flowers seem to close up at night then reappear in the day.

I've no idea what it is though. It was sold from ebay as Auricula seeds. Is it an auricula or....?

Auricula help

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 20:39

It's tricky in the Scotland, we need the greenhouse because right as I type, it's thunder, lightning and heavy rain. All my toms would be pulverized.

Anyway I'm not starving, I just grow for the thrill (don't tell anyone but that's a lie, I desperately want a decent crop) It never happens though so I just grow for fun 



Auricula help

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 19:37

I've moved it to a sheltered spot with dappled light, that'll be cool for it. I'll see how it gets on. I assumed it would grow better in the greenhouse. It has been very hot in there mind, I have noticed a lot of plants struggling, some of the plants have been wilting.

Thanks for that Nutcutlet, makes sense as it's a type of primula, I believe anyway so they like woodland floors with dappled light and cool conditions.

Auricula help

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 19:21

Well they'll hate it where they are now, in the greenhouse because it's boiling in there. I should be able to find somewhere nice for it to live.

How's the rubus?

Auricula help

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 18:52

I watched an episode of GardenersWorld and fell in love with the beautiful auricula's so I had to buy some seeds as there's none to buy in Dumfries.

Some seeds have germinated in the greenhouse but have seemed to have stopped growing.

Can anyone help me to go forward with these, put them outside...??? Don't know!

There's a few in the pot but you can't see them very well.


Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 17:19

Sea what I can do! 

Talkback: Sowing tomato seed

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 16:39

Hi Steve309.


I have a few seedlings growing, I live in SW Scotland so we're a little behind in the weather, even a friend I know who's an experienced gardener, her toms are only 3 to 4 inches high, my seedling are an inch up. I overwatered the first batch, so started again or I'd be further on.

Thanks for the advice on the temps though, that's where I've been going wrong for so long, I often thought if it's comfortable for me in the greenhouse then the toms will love it but they love heat, since I tried keeping the temps over 10c or 15c and everything has flourished. Even getting some coriander up, I've not been able to do so because of my lack of temp education.

I've got a garden pearl, money maker, and gardeners delight. From the afore mention friend. They're all in their homes bar one, it's a bit wee just now, like you say they need to have a few leaves on them. Also have some from the garden center just in case mine failed, they're growing away nicely.

You have to be careful with toms in Scotland, different from down south, they are harvested much later, I've made that mistake before, harvesting them too early.


REALLY hope we get a nice summer this year!

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