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Houseplant SOS from complete novice!

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 23:26

I agree that it looks like Dracaena marginata (dragon tree).  I've had one for years in my conservatory.  It is normal for the leaves at the bottom to drop off because that is how the trunk grows.  You get the same thing with most palms, which is why they get that curious pattern on the trunk.  Mine has three stems so the top must have been cut off at some point before I got it.  Perhaps that will happen to yours?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:59

Yellow is my favourite colour so I may be biased but I liked it.

I have one more wedding at the weekend (my niece) and will then be heading home.  I have warned my nephew and his wife (who are coming home with me) to bring lots of warm weather clothes.  This is the nephew who got married last October, not the one who was married last week.  Too many weddings!

I was so hoping that they would see my garden in its full glory but everything was so far behind when I left it a couple of weeks ago due to the weather.  My nephew is a big strong lad and is going to help me lay my spare paving slabs down the side of the potting shed.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 22:29

Won't take it personally!  It's morning here and I am just wondering if the pink sunrise is a good or bad thing weather-wise.

Inka - Congrats on the tree peony flowering.  I love columbines and have several in my garden.  I grew a mixed packet of seed last year to add to my collection.

Privet Hedges

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 14:47

I have found that even the clippings from my privet start taking root if they fall into nearby pots when I've been cutting the hedge.  They are obviously keen to grow.

Talkback: Yarrow

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 14:44

My front lawn is full of yarrow because it is a dry sandy slope.  Other people get moss, I get yarrow.  I tried to get rid of it when I first moved to my house but have long since given up the battle.  I now just mow it with the rest of the grass.  At least it still looks green in mid summer when the grass has gone yellow.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 17/05/2012 at 09:41

Thanks for the info Dean.  I will keep an eye out for that.  BTW, ceonothus come in different shapes and sizes so you would probably be able to find a little one.  I took cuttings from the one in my garden and now have two happily growing in pots.

I spent the afternoon in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens today.  Beautiful.  There was an interesting flower bed which contained red salvias with a rosemary hedge.  It looked really good as an alterative to a box hedge.  I have never thought of doing that before.

Growing Pumpkins Vertically

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 08:29

It was an incredible plant and grew at an amazing rate.  I had a feeling that I should not stand next to it for too long because it would reach out and grab me.

Growing Pumpkins Vertically

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 23:23

I grew pumpkins one year as an experiment but they took over.  I was continually chopping off long shoots which kept making a bid for freedom through the hedge to next door.  It was interesting but I don't think I will be doing it again!  I did end up with four nice pumpkins though.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 23:18

This news of cold weather is not encouraging me to come back home!  I will be returning with my nephew and his wife, who are coming to stay with me for a few months.  I will have to tell them to bring extra cold weather clothing.  They have been travelling around Asia since January and are finding it cold in Melbourne, so goodness knows what they will make of Sussex in May!!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 10:55

Kate - About these wedding flowers - are you saying that you caught the bouquet?

Dean - What are the blue bits?  Are the part of a kit?

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