Latest posts by nutcutlet

best way to identify native blue and white bells

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 23:37

It would be nice if there were only pure English bluebells, but it's not going to happen is it? The Spanish and the hybrids have been here for years. They were well established here when we arrived 25 years ago. They were planted in a new area of trees along the road. Huge numbers of people don't know the difference. Others don't care. There's no way I could get rid of mine from all the odd corners and I'm sure I'm not the only one in that position. Though I suppose I could spray them with something nasty, kill the surrounding plants and maybe do damage to bees while I'm about it.

If Sarah's are Spanish any natives next door are already hybridised after 20 years.

Its's as useless as killing a few Harlequin Ladybirds.

Skimmia Japonica

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 18:44

Interesting, I thought I'd replied. Must have forgotten to press go

Landscapers may be knowledgeable plantspeople but more often they're not. It's not what the job calls for.

I think your assessment re the sun is more likely to be correct. They're not plants for dry soil in sun and they're bound to be too dry sometimes in pots.

Personally I think they look better in acid soil or ericaceous compost but some people don't seem to mind the yellow. I'd hold off on the cutting.

If any skimmia experts advise you, listen to them. I am extrapolating from my experience of plants in general and only know skimmias in other people's gardens 

Pricking out?

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 18:38

unless you want loads I'd thin those to one to a cell and leave them til the roots fill the cell which won't be long. Annuals are quick, they ave to be

Plant id

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 18:36

No, not a plant for a garden unless it's huge. Also willow come in male and female and you don't know til they flower. You might not get pussy willows, just a snowstorm of fluff from the females later in the year

Mother and daughter both doing well.....

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 18:29


Plant id

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:42

Looks like a willow, probably Salix caprea.

Organic Pest Control

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:32

Thanks Amy. I have achieved my balance. 

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:30

Ah, Fairy, that's art 

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:26

Something in mine has a lovely scent but, when I sniff in close to see what, I get the pungency of Geranium macrorrhizum. Might be the cowslip. I didn't pick any of the scented shrubs

Jam jar flowers

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 17:07

the soft Southerners are way ahead M-U. The Dicentras are almost done.

Everything is early so far but this week will put the brakes on.

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wot dunnit

Damage to my persicaria 
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Richard's Clematis

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Calling Bensmith412

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I've been to Barnsdale today

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I think it's some sort of geranium

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fidget, look at this. Roscoea scillifolia

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a couple of oddities

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the perils of plant ID

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yet another clematis question

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feeding the birds

is it good? 
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for Guernsey Donkey 
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what dunnit?

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might be ricinus

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Paeony. Is this one worth keeping?

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roses from seed on behalf of marksman

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