Mrs MacGregor

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Plant ID Please

Posted: 11/12/2015 at 16:27

My pennyworth is perhaps its some sort of Salvia (from the look of the stems/ ageing leaves ) or Ageratum? or relative, but if it is in the Asteraceae it could be one of a multitude. Try to get it to flower next year of send the photos to the RHS advisory service if you are a member of the RHS. it is a curious puzzle.


Pruning woody Rhamnus alaternus Argentovariegata

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 18:41

Thanks both, I am in Surrey, and 'no' I was not expecting any great growth now it might be turning colder, but just want to continue in hope, and you are offering that, so thank you (scarily smiley face??)

Pruning woody Rhamnus alaternus Argentovariegata

Posted: 30/11/2015 at 07:50


Just wondered if anyone has tried and succeeded to reclaim a woody and lanky (older) plant of the variegated Rhamnus. I have chopped the plant to just above the lowest leaf growth and have cut out one large branch/sidestem which had reverted. If I dared I would cut it a lot shorter, but am now waiting impatiently to see if it resprouts. I know the plant can be used as hedging but would assume that it is cut closer to the growing tips more regularly in that case. Is there any hope??

Have you seen this rose?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 21:58

Mistydowns Nursery is in Australia I think. Could that have something to do with 'Dove' rose not being available/known in the UK?

Talkback: An early spring?

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 18:22
Oh and my annual Lobelias have sown themselves everywhere, seedlings thriving and with the 'mother plants' still lingering.

Talkback: An early spring?

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 18:21
Have seen Petasites in flower and new leaf on the railway embankment as well as Hazel catkins.

honey fungus

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 23:21

Oh dear - it seems it is the time of year for this. I pruned our two lovely old gnarled deep 'ruby-mauve' lilacs over the last two years ( there was a third in the neighbour's garden). The first of the trio to go was the neighbour's - it just died and fell over quite suddenly. Last year the first-pruned of ours suddenly took ill and died and this year our second one, after flowering valiantly has similarly suddently succumbed. I belatedly suspected honey-fungus when reflecting on suddeness of their demise and checked for threads and white under the lower bark, was half-convinced, but last week, now that the weather has dampened, sure enough the fruiting bodies are plentiful at the base of each tree. (Last year I removed the first tree top, but not the base, little knowing that lilacs were quite susceptible). I did not get rid of the trunk - it went into the woodpile...I fear deeply that I have contaminated a large area of the garden. There is an old pear tree to one side of the demised stumps and an old Bramley apple the other....a Magnolia not far off...and peeping over the other neighbour's fence where half a huge old chestnut tree has been removed (the remaining trunks too are decaying), I spy patches of fruiting bodies of ?? could it be the same fungus??. It is not contiguous with the lilacs. Oh me oh my... should I excavate and chop and dump? (is that polite?) - not easy to burn the wood in this damp weather - but it is quite a lot of material now. I am loathe to move it about in the garden too much. Will my tools infect other plants I wonder? Off to work I go...

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 13:41

Oh and I agree with all the sentiments expressed by Wintersong re. the joy and wonder, closeness to nature and escape and solitude!

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 13:39

Love these posts - often marvel at where and how the gardening bug bites. For me it was a background of growing up on farms in Africa, but my grandfather was a landscape architect and his father had a nursery and flowers supplying Amsterdam and my mother grew a lovely garden for cut flowers and loads of vegetables ( and sold eggs and chickens) for the communal 'farm shop' in town. We had our own patch for vegetables and flowers. In the austerity of boarding school I always nurtured pot plants and took cutflowers back to school at the begining of term. I was eventually let loose on a circle of earth around the lamppost  in front of the boarding house and have had made a garden wherever I have lived since. It is often sad to part with cherished plants which cannot live in the soils of a new site, but more often most of the garden comes with me in the form of seeds and cuttings and there is so much to learn each time.

Advice on climbing hydrangea

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 21:53

About the Umbrella plant. Fatsia japonica comes to my mind and Schefflera??

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