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rosa rugosa

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 18:42

It will grow quite tall, I have a hedge of them and I have to cut it down to around 2 metres to keep it in check. The flowers have a glorious scent, and there are huge hips like tomatoes. It's also very prickly. I've seen it grown in supermarket carparks etc, where it forms a nice mound.

Can anyone please identify these plants?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 17:56

I haven't come across it either, it's very attractive.

Edit - just looked it up, its common name is Whorled Coralroot and it comes from Eastern Europe. Apparently it likes to grow by ditches and streams.

Please identify

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 17:54

They look like hyacinths to me - there's a flower bud on one.

Found a couple of new things in the garden.

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 17:47

Might no.4 be a Weigela, mine is just coming into leaf.

Last 3 plant ID's

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 13:56

Bittercress is an annual, as you say, but it can have several generations in one year, which is why it's important to get rid of it before it can flower and go to seed. Hoeing is OK at this stage. Once it's gone to seed you can't touch it without the seed pods exploding and firing the tiny seeds everywhere - it's a very efficient mechanism to keep the species going!

Incidentally, there are two similar species of bittercress, Hairy and Wavy (Cardamine hirsuta and C. flexuosa). It isn't possible to tell the difference at the seedling stage, but they are both equally undesirable in gardens.

Last 3 plant ID's

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 12:43

Those seedlings are definitely bittercress - out with them! The Hebe could be 'Red Edge'.

Tea Plant Not Growing

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 12:38

Do you mean Camellia sinensis? It will probably do best if you plant it outside towards the end of May. The brown leaf may be just scorching due to the sun - I'm assuming you've got it on a windowsill. 

Oh, and give it a feed as well.

wildflowers in containers

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 12:19

Just for information, only one of the varieties mentioned is actually a British native wild flower - the Knautia arvensis. Centaurea cyanus is not native, and any found in the wild are probably garden escapes.

I agree with Hollie, you do have time to make a new border, and you can start off the seeds in small pots or modules to plant out later. They will do much better like this than trying to grow them in a large pot, in my experience.

I am a sniffer.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:42

I let my Choisya grow over the path because I love the spicy, savoury smell when I brush past.

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 19:58

Anyone fancy a Pimm's? The borage is in bloom!


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