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My snapdragons aren't very well !!!

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 16:35

Could it be too much rain?

Recommend a rambling rose

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 16:33

Buff Beauty is gorgeous but not really a rambler, it's a hybrid musk and more of a shrub rose. The best rambler I know is Perrenial Blue, flowers all summer, smells wonderful and is ewtremely tough if you have haed winters.Only snag - it obviously isn't orange! Nor is it blue, more of a purpley red with a white eye.

Are Hostas really for shade?

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 16:25

Are the hostas perhaps too dry? The shrubs will take a considerable amount of water! When I gardened on london clay the hostas stayed in big pots - far too many slugs! Here they grow with hardy fuchias and epimediums, though the fuchsias are somewhat reduced this year by awful weather

Lupins from seed

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 16:09

Watch out for mice - I once had a whole sowing fail when some creature dug up and ate all the seeds. I now sow them earlier so that they germinate in the polytunnel where my resident black cat is on guard! Autumn sowing is great but our winters regularly hit -15° (this year -20°) so I tend to start earlier!

Weeping Fig

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 16:01

I once had the horrible responsibility of keeping a lot of large weeping figs happy in a DIY store until they were sold. The advice from the nursery was to keep them watered regularly but not too much.Apparently uneven watering can cause them to loose their leaves - must be easy for that to happen in an office unless someone takes them under their wing. Good luck with it

Unidentified growing object!

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 15:47

Many thanks to both for your suggestions, but neither fit unfortunately. The flowers are in sphericals heads rather than the spears of a polygonum - though it certainly shares that species habit of running everywhere. The leaves are much bigger than an eupatorium, the biggest being about 6"x9". Before flowering it really does look like a common weed of which I forget the name (it flowers like a dandelion) but later becomes more exotic. I suspect it may be an unusual bog plant, which would fit with the activities of the previous owner and also with the only local suggestion I have had.

Unidentified growing object!

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 20:01

This plant reaches about 1m high, then in summer produces large spherical heads of flowers purple out side and lilac within, which have the scent of hyacinths. In its earlier phase it looks like a weed, and is extremely invasive. It spreads by runners and one plant could colonise the average suburban garden in a season! One problem which arises when gardening in a new country is that many of the weeds are different - for a long time I was not sure whether this was a weed or not! I have asked many local people if they recognise it without any luck, including my professional colleaues at the local market where I sell my plants, so I assume this is not a local weed or someone else would have it! The previous owner produced  water plants and was fond of the rare. It survives frosts of -20°

 Can any body help?


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