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identification please

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:50


I am just wondering if it might be an Echium Pininana?  The leaves look similar, and the plant looks quite vigorous.  Just a thought.




Posted: 20/03/2015 at 06:25


I usually use a mix of compost, vermiculite & horticultural grit, Cornish grit if I can get it.

The link above is really helpful = thanks nutcutlet.

Smog going to get us?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:48

Well being on a farm, it's always the silage & other organice matter.  Luverly 

what bush is this and whats wrong with it?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:45


I might just give that a go.  The hedge creates privacy from our neighbour and the alternative is planting something else and waiting for it to grow.  I had a similar problem with Pyracantha and wondered if both have the same fungus.

I will get my pruners out at the week-end a see what happens.  It would be a shame to loose such pretty flowers.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:35

No not today, but I did go out and look at my Corylopsis pauciflora & Corylopsis spicata.  The wonderful Camelias we bought while in Cornwall are coming into their own now.  Beautiful.  I visited the seed trays in the greenhouse.  Lots coming up, and still more to sow!  Also, the Crassula (variety unknow) still looks amazing covered in a froth of starry pink flowers.  Dreamy.  I am now thinking about the week-end and getting stuck into pruning, tidying........etc Oh, and The Voice


Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:23


Yes I agree sow them now, they need to be in a warm place and the compost needs to be kept damp to help the seed 'break'. The seeds are a bit hard.  I find that for the first year I keep the seedlings in the same pot. Putting them outside when frosts have gone in a light place.  You coud sink the pot in the ground and then lift the pot when the frosts come again. Give them a bit of food through the season before overwintering them in a frost free place with little water.  I then pot on in early spring the following year giving them a bit of dilute tomato food around March.  Again I leave them in this pot for the second year giving them a feed now and again.  Overwinter again and then plant out or keep in a larger pot remebering that Agapanthus like a 'tightish' pot. 

It does take a while but it is worth it.  You might even get an unusual type come up!

Good luck


what bush is this and whats wrong with it?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:13


I think this shrub is an Escallonia, maybe the variety 'Apple Blossom'.  You are right, bees love it and it is very pretty in flower.  Mine also gets spots on it and the leaves fall a bit.  I have just checked the net and there is a leaf fungus that seems to attack Escallonia. do have some advice that might help, but it looks a bit tricky to cure organically.

I think the time has come for me to plant something else. 




Seed swap

Posted: 15/12/2012 at 10:52

HI, another idea might be to join the Hardy Plant Society / Cottage Garden Society as they lots of info plant/gardening info throughout the year put together by members.  They also have an annual seed swap which produces a diverse range of seeds to choose from.  It's brilliant, as well as being part of a group of like minded people.  I'm hooked, having grown many plants I had never heard of or seen before, Dierama, Tulbaghia, Adenophora, species Clematis etc, and others such as different Eryngium, Asters, Lavender, Agapanthus.  There are veg as well , although the swap is mostly annuals/perennials/shrubs/trees, some very unusual.  Some of the seed might take 2-4 years to come to flower (such as Agapanthus) but it is often well worth the wait.  I sowed some seed of Cornus Capitata about 10 or so years ago and this year they produced their first flowers, followed by strawberry like fruits.  Magic!  It's a great eco friendly and cost effective way of producing plants, and it's also great to curl up in the armchair with the list and the laptop checking out plant information online.

Visit their websites and maybe give it a go?  The next seed swap submissions will be around August/September.

Unidentified autumn flowering deciduous tree

Posted: 03/11/2012 at 17:39


It could well be the variety 'Red Cascade', it looks much like the one I have in my garden.  Mine's about 8ft tall now and looks great with the Dogwood 'Midwinter Fire'.

Autumn has such great colours, if only for a short while.

Great picture!



Posted: 17/03/2012 at 11:06

Hi - We have a rabbit warren at the end of our garden.  When the rabbits were first a problem I wire fenced most of the flower and vegetable beds.  Eventually we found the only way of dealing with the rabbits was to dig a trench around the garden and sink chicken wire (or similar) in an 'L' shape into it.  Our gates are also covered in the same, and hung so there is minimal gap at the bottom.   However, where we have a hedgerow and trees down one side we still have a chicken wire barrier but it is only pegged at the base. Along some parts of this wire fencing the rabbits did get through and caused havoc.  We eventually found we were filling in their holes with concrete and that has worked so far.  We don't have a rabbit trained dog, but this might be another option.

As much as we love gardening, it often seems there is something trying to challenge us...

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