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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 11:26

What was, for so many months, an unsightly leafy mess, grew and bloomed into the prettiest daylillies.


Plant/Flower identification

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 21:24

Thank you so much!

Plant/Flower identification

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 19:46


Oh, is there not? I just copied it in.. I will try the tree, thank you!

Plant/Flower identification

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 19:10

Could anybody identify these flowers for me, please.

I received them today in a bouquet and I'd like to find out if I'm able to root them for my garden.


thank you.


Camellia/Magnolia Water Propagation

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 19:12

Hello, everybody.

I'm a complete novice and amateur when it comes togardening

, so please forgive me. In my garden, we have to most beautiful Camellia tree (I believe it's a Japonica) and a Magnolia tree; we're moving home in a few weeks time and are saddened to part with them, until we had the idea of taking a cutting.

I'm crossing my fingers with what I've done already, although I know I haven't done the usually recommended with rooting hormones

, sand etc.


Two weeks ago, mid July, I took cuttings from both the Camellia and Magnolia.. I prepared the cuttings as well as I could, grafting the ends and I popped them straight into water and onto a windowsill.

From what I can see, they seem to be doing well thus far. Three shoots (or buds?) have sprouted from the wooden exterior of the cutting, towards the upper region the remaining 1 inch is hardening, the larger buds on top look to be healthy

 and growing steadily, and also the two leafs I kept on the cutting (which I cut in half to reduce energy wastage) look absolutely healthy.


The Magnolia cutting also looks healthy

 and the shoots are steadily growing.

This is all in comparison to second cuttings of each tree which I put in free draining pots, which aren'tlooking healthy

 at all.

My question is, is there anything more I can do to ensure these cuttings I'm propagating in water stay healthy and, fingers crossed, root. I have read somewhere on the web that certain cuttings in water can actually rot.

Thank you in advance for any offerings of advice! As I said, they look lovely and healthy so far, of the two weeks they've been in water, I'd just be saddened if they failed like my potted attempt.

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Plant/Flower identification

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Camellia/Magnolia Water Propagation

Advice for my Camellia and Magnolia 
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