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Two mystery plants

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 11:24

Sheer genius!


Two mystery plants

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 23:17

Thanks everyone! I will plant them out to fill some gaps in front garden borders. 

Two mystery plants

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 10:19

 Thanks HCS it worked!

 For some reason, iPad was a bit more responsive after good night's sleep!


Two mystery plants

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 21:45

Hi Fairygirl

yes leaves are serrated so could be. I don't usually like Hellebores but this is fairly unusual. Flowers a lot smaller than the ones I've seen. Will try to post a photo - with laptop if all else fails. Thanks.


Two mystery plants

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 18:15

I brought a pot of dug up plants from previous garden - one has long stems and leaves like Japanese Azalea but small flowers like native geranium. Is this a weed?  The other was here when I moved in - dark green leaves shaped rather like coarse Cannabis!  It grew from longish corms (?) and now has greeny white, feathery flowers with merest hint of pink at the centre on long stems, well above the leaves. The flower shape is slightly bell like but not pointing down. The petals have serrated edges and the centre has a mass of stamens. Quite a delicate looking flower. My iPad wont let me post photo, although I will keep trying! Any ideas folks? My front garden is sunny and rather 'gappy'' so I'd like to plant these out in the border if this aspect is suitable.

bean seed germinating

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 17:51

Last year (before I moved to present house) I had more beans than you could shake a stick at!  I planted them in the cardboard middles from loo rolls, 2 per tube on seed tray. Kept damp then planted the whole thing in the 'potager' when about 6" high. I did use slug pellets as they make excellent snail and slug fodder - also lined the trench with newspaper as beans need lots of moisture. I hosed the flowers when they appeared with fine spray ( helps to set them) and removed some of the very large leaves as there was masses of foliage. I watered them every night in dry spells and I had so many beans there was hardly room in my freezer. Do pick them often and try not to let them get too big or they will be horrid and stringy.

Pond water

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 10:05

Thanks everyone! I'm not a particularly experienced gardener and your advice is much appreciated. Certainly, the Pieris and strawberry plants seem to have romped ahead, although I guess time of year etc is also a factor.

It has been very dry here, until this last weekend so all the sludgy water seems to have benefitted everything.

Pond water

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 21:06

Incidentally, I intend to add organic matter to the borders but just wondered if the sludge would be ok for all/most plants in the short term. I don't want to kill anything!

Pond water

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 21:03

There were just a few tiny shrimp-like creatures - which were taken, along with the fish. There are no signs of life in the remaining green mud. It is beginning to dry up around the edges. The person who took the fish was of the opinion that ibe could be mixed with garden soil and would add beneficial nutrients. However, I know little about ph when it comes to what plants prefer.

Pond water

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 17:34

Having moved 3 weeks ago, I have just begun the process of the back garden makeover. I have given away approx 100 fish from the hideous brick pond and watered everything in sight with the resulting water as pond has to be emptied then demolished.

The ground is generally quite sandy and it appears that the pots/borders have enjoyed being given a feed of pond water/green muddy stuff. My potted Pieris  has shot up with new scarlet leaves but some older leaves have turned yellow. 

There is a lot of green sludge left in the pond and I wondered if there any plants/flowers which would not benefit from it?  There are roses, lavender, wallflowers, and peonies in my front garden (also old climbing roses in containers and some in the borders. The back garden has mainly pots, apart from a raised area right at the back which has bluebells, an apple tree and natural geraniums. There is a rockery waiting to be planted up but I will be getting rid of small area of grass and laying shingle In the middle. There will be two flower borders and I will be keeping two strawberry beds - which are growing well.

Sorry if this question is a bit complicated! I will post pictures from laptop as iPad won't co-operate.




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Discussions started by Lyn Plant-Wells

Two mystery plants

Geranium type mauve flower and greenish white feathery flower 
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Pond water

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Potted rose in flower

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Rose suggestions please

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All leaves, hardly any flowers. 
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Plant ID

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Brown tips How long will a visit to the Doctor Who Experience take? Please allow up to 1.5 hours for a visit. The interactive element will take 30 minutes and the exhibition can take up to an hour. Feel free to stay longer though! 
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Very leggy Philadelphus

About 10' + 
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Rose suckers?

Tall shoots with 9 leaves 
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Pruning Hankey Pankey

Lots of leaf buds and a couple of flower buds 
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Pruning 'Hankey Pankey'

Is it too late and how hard to prune? 
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