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What have I planted? Plant ID please.

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 01:23
Ahh I think you may be right! I just remembered I bought a rather expensive bulb by the checkout at the garden centre last year as an impulse buy. I seem to remember having to bury it on its side to stop it rotting. God my memory is bad! I'd totally forgotten about it. Shame it's come up blind, I suppose it's only it's first year in its new home, perhaps it needs to bed in this year. Thanks for the ID folks, I'd never had fathomed it myself.



Slug and Snail slime

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:03
You need to dry it up, adding water only seems to make the stuff multiply. I use either talc or a spoonful of flour on my hands and just rub it away. After most of it has gone, then I wash with antibacterial soap and a nail brush.

When should I plant out my Verbena Bonariensis?

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 10:48
I'm in the south, in Dorset. I'm pretty sure it said to leave them standing until the spring but I can't be certain. I'll see if I can find where I read it.

Flowers on the beach

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 15:51

Thanks for the ID! They weren't on a particularly quiet beach, just a bit further down from the main hoi polloi, so I was a bit surprised to see them there. Nature always finds a way to survive, even with humans around playing frisby.

When should I plant out my Verbena Bonariensis?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 15:41

Sounds like once they find somewhere they like, they positively thrive. I hope they like my garden then. I looked up what to do over winter and it says online to mulch them with straw just to protect them a bit so I might do that with these first ones until I'm confident in letting them fend for themselves.

Thanks for all the advice.


Who knows their roses?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 02:00
I'm no rose expert but I recently bought a Gertrude Jekyll and it does have a lovely 'classic English rose' fragrance and look but I agree, a pic is really needed for the pros on here.

Flowers on the beach

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 00:32

Hi guys, I was walking along down on the beach earlier and noticed a cluster of little flowers on the sand. They're very pretty and look to be some sort of succulent. It's quite an extreme environment they are living in, they weren't on a dune or anything, just on the dry sand and they seem happy enough. Any idea what they are?


When should I plant out my Verbena Bonariensis?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 00:03

I wasn't sure about sowing from seed as I'm a bit of a novice in regard to flower seeds. I'm branching out from growing veg this year as I wanted a bee and butterfly bed so I bought a load of seeds including annuals like corncockle, scabiosa, borage, phacelia and salvia as well as the verbenas. I ended up with dozens of plants of which the verbenas are the last to leave the greenhouse. However, now the tomatoes, chillis and cape gooseberries are taking over!

When should I plant out my Verbena Bonariensis?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 23:07

Thanks all, I'll do that then. I first saw some at a B&B I was staying at last year and they were literally covered in butterflies. I have very sandy soil almost like dust, so I think they should be quite happy as it's quite free draining. I think I'll dig in a bit of compost before planting them though as there's very little organic material at the moment where I want to plant them. I'm very proud of my little fellows, expecially as they're about £6 each at the local nursery!

When should I plant out my Verbena Bonariensis?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 22:45

Hi folks,

It's my first time growing Verbena Bonariensis from seed and I now have quite a few little plants in my greenhouse (pictured below). Is it safe to plant them out this year? Will they survive the winter this young or do they need to be more established first?




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