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Two plant ID's please

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 17:27

Thanks for the replies. I originally wrote this on the day of the OP, but pressed the wrong key and zapped the whole message. Then the rest of life got in the way!

Gm - it has never flowered as far as I am aware, so it might be a long wait

Nut - I wouldn't be at all surprised if it is a geriatric hyacinth. I last grew them years ago and probably put them in a pot and then forgot them (seems to be a theme developing here). I had an inkling that the subject of the second pic was a lily.

Lyn - the plant in pic 1 is going on the compost heap, the lily is going to get some TLC

Thanks again for your help

Two plant ID's please

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 12:00

Both of these involve a confession, The first is as tame as forgetting to label a pot. The plant is about 6" tall. The flower has a waxy appearance, starting out pale yellow, fading to cream.


The second is much worse. These plants have been languishing in the red pots for much longer than I care to admit. I have been walking past (and ignoring) them on a daily basis for ages. Are they lillies? Would there be any point in trying to rejuvenate them, or are they fit only for the bin or compost?



Can anyone identify this please?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 11:45

Thanks DM

Can anyone identify this please?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 11:07

Despite gardening on sandy soil, some areas are quite damp. One of these has loads of what looks like a small, creeping grass. I assume that improving the drainage would lessen the problem, but what is it?


Talkback: Monty Don returns to Gardeners' World

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 18:07

Marshmello... does that describe what's between your ears, your legs or both?

Crocuses chewed off by squirrels/pigeons.

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 17:14

Thanks, Oneofseven. Unfortunately, not even a GH guarantees unmolested bulbs. Mice got in on several occasions over the winter and took a few bulbs. The losses would have been heavy if I hadn't put traps down (sorry to anyone offended by that).

In future, I'm going to invest in some small gauge wire mesh to put over the pots.

Crocuses chewed off by squirrels/pigeons.

Posted: 23/02/2015 at 15:50

Because of damage to emerging bulbs caused by squirrels,mice and the likely weather at this time of year (a heavy hailstorm has only just passed by) and the fact that I only glimpse the bulbs during brief forays into the garden (my OH/BH doesn't venture into the garden at all in winter), decided to plant all our new bulbs in containers. They have overwintered in the GH and come into the house or onto the patio as they begin to flower.

I realise that this may be depriving early bumblebees of pollen, but with the rain, hail and freezing temperatures recently, the flowers would have been a sodden mass beaten into the soil. This year, we are going to get enjoyment from early bulbs.


Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 11:26

3 Jays, one after the other, landed on pergola, had a quick look around and exited stage right (and no, it wasn't the same one doing a circuit of our house to fool me - I could still see the other(s) in a neighbours garden). Only ever seen single Jays before - beautiful colours, agile, elegant & seemingly effortless flight. Unfortunately, we have a thriving population of their rather less pleasant relative, the murderous magpie

Novice in growing hellebores - advice, please :)

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:43

If you find the prices at Ashwood are a bit steep (and you can bear to be patient), there is a strain called Harvington Hybrids available as plug plants at Click 'Hellebore Pot Plants' on the menu bar at top of screen.

I found a couple of larger examples at a local GC late last autumn for £5.99 each (Single White Speckled and Single Yellow Speckled). One is flowering already, the other not far behind - they appear to have outward-facing flowers and are gorgeous!



Green house

Posted: 28/12/2014 at 11:01

Wills - my GH is 10' x 8' 5". When I got it, I thought it would be plenty big enough for my needs, but it's true what they say - 'It won't be long before you wish you had got a bigger one'. The only reason it's so full, is that I have this habit of buying plants/propagating/sowing seeds before I have places in the garden to put them.

Resolving that is my number one New Year Resolution...again

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