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Mystery plant growing among strawberries

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 20:15

@SwissSue thanks for the reply. Well, I have tons of it in that case!

The flowers look like they will be pretty - but should I cut them off immediately like other herbs to prevent the herb going woody?

Does anybody know what I can do with the Marjoram? Is it nice with meat?


Mystery plant growing among strawberries

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 20:13

Here are some more photos as requested!


Mystery plant growing among strawberries

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 19:58

@philippa, I'm glad it made you laugh! I will see if I can pull it off with confidence!

@yarrow2, thank you!

@Buddyboy, I don't think its Pentas - the leaves are not right.

@Daintiness. I think you could be right there!

I have never bought Marjoram seeds in my life. Marjoram doesn't just turn up on its own like that, does it?

It must have been mixed in with the strawberry seeds?

It was a while back now, but I am certain that they came from the same seed tray in the potting shed!

I have rubbed the leaves and there is a strong vague 'herb' smell. But I have never bought Marjoram before so I could not say what it should smell like.

Looking at images online of Marjoram - some varieties are very similar, if not exact. So I think we may have a winner! Unless anyone else has any bright ideas?

Thanks everyone for your replies!


Mystery plant growing among strawberries

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 19:20

Hi! This could be embarrassing - I have been carefully tending to, what could potentially be, a weed!

I grew a few different varieties of strawberry from seed about a year a go. They are really happy now and are producing a crop.

Now, I could have made this realisation much earlier if I was more experienced (and more cut throat) when the true leaves first appeared. But no. I have tended to these plants thinking they were a special variety of strawberry I have never seen before.

Except, it wasn't just me that had never seen these 'special' strawberry plants before. Many times guest and my missus have tactfully let me know that they do not believe them to be strawberries, and asked 'why am I growing them still'.

Now that the other (more typical strawberry plants) have started to grow juicy, sweet, yummy strawberries, I feel it is finally time to find out the truth!

Please see the image below, and put me out of my misery! What on earth are these plants!?


Water Butts STINK!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:57

Thank you for your replies and solutions!

I imagine, as suggested, that this is not so much of a problem if you use the water regularly, have clear gutters, etc.

@dovefromabove Thanks for the tips. Also, that cleaning fluid seems reasonable as a preventative measure.

The butts do have lids. As Marinelilium suggests, debris from the gutter is possible. Liking the tights idea!

Unanimously, good old elbow grease (and possibly some diluted disinfectant) will do the trick.

Water Butts STINK!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:25

I haven't needed the water from my butts until this month and the water has been left to stagnate all winter.

The water absolutely stinks - putrid. I am afraid to use it on my plants, in case it infects them with a disease or something, especially young plants.

I have a new, young Rhododendron and Camellia too, which I have been told I should not water with tap water as an alternative. (Sussex: chalky, alkaline)

Am I right in thinking I can just pop in some sort of tablet into the butts to clean them?

Or do I have to empty and scrub them?

Any tips would be absolutely brilliant thanks!


Tulips - some white & slightly distorted foliage

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:14

I love tulips, but too have had some come up deformed. However, do not give up!

As Dovefromabove says, take them up when they don't perform, and replace them.

  • Try them in a sunnier position.
  • Ensure good drainage.
  • Plant them deep enough (twice the depth of the bulb).

In Autumn/winter, I plant up containers in layers. Tulip bulbs - Daffodil bulbs - Then any other plants on the very top.This way you get a long and highly anticipated display - where the tulips come up after the daffodils.


Shallow Chalk Flower Beds

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 20:43


I have a problem with my ground. I know you should learn to love you soil but, I have been digging new flower beds and have found that I have 1-2' of soil before reaching solid chalk!

I want to plant some shrubs (for example), but am thinking I am going to need to break up that chalk and dig deeper.

Has anyone experienced a similar problem?

WIll the chalk block the roots? Are there any plant recommendations for plants that do not mind such shallow chalky soil? Will I ever be able to plant a tree?


Growing Sage

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 12:31

Thanks Lyn. You dry it in the micowave!? That's intriguing, might give it a go.

In regards to taking leaves, I can imagine leaveless stalks. Some herbs prefer you to take the stalk with the leaves. But does Sage prefer you to take just the leaves and, will it then produce new leaves on the same stalk?


Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 12:27

I have seen ONE lady bird this Summer. I believe it was a european species

(on a positive and simular note, seen a lot more bumble bees that normal, and in many varieties, but only about 3 honey bees. I'm keeping a small area of uncut grass in the garden to ecourage creatures.)

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Mystery plant growing among strawberries

Please help me identify this plant 
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