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Plant (weed) identification 2

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 16:52

Not sure about the top picture as I can't expand it but the second one is definitely two plants.  The nepeta is the variegated one.  The other needs to have all its trailing stems gathered up and then the central stem and roots can be pulled out in one go.  

Water first to make it easier and reduce collateral damage to the nepeta.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 16:49

It's a lovely colour and looks great.  

I've painted our bench a silvery grey and finally put it out in July after we'd renewed the path and bench area with fresh chipped bark.  I sat on it then to check it was OK but haven't had time since.

Don't sit at the terrace table much either.  Never seem to have that holiday, relaxing feeling in my own garden.  Always something to do.........

Looking after my gunnera

Posted: 12/09/2014 at 10:31

I had one wiped out completely but a surprise - 8C frost in October one year.  It had previously survived -20C under a 3' pile of compost.

This one is getting winter TLC in the greenhouse till it's big enough to plant out and will then get a very thick blanket of compost and straw every winter.   It's currently on my terrace in a 50cm pot sat in a saucer so it holds water and stays moist and is very happy.

Looking after my gunnera

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 22:45

It depends on how cold your garden gets in winter.   They come from Brazil and the central crown where the new growth points are is frost tender so you need to fold a couple of leaves over it and pile on a thick mulch of garden compost to protect it.   

However, since yours is still in a pot you could also lift it and keep it in a sheltered spot.  I sunk mine in the greenhouse border last winter and it was fine but we had a mild winter.  This year it's in a larger pot but will still be moved to the greenhouse once frosts are forecast and I will be sure to keep an eye on it and protect the crown more fully as we surely won't get two mild winters in a row.

Seed Suppliers who Sell Small Amounts of Seeds

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 16:01 do small packets and a wide range of interesting plants.  Prices vary but they're good value and I've had loads of success with their seeds.

Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 15:58

Me neither and I'll pay for something I really want and can't grow from seed but I like to go to specialists and local nurseries and growers rather than the big mass produced places.

I have also lost a fortune spent on plants that simply haven't coped with winters here or have been lost to the bullies or my husband in blitz weeding mode where anything and everything goes so I severely restrict my horticultural retail therapy (HRT) to specials and bargains and plants I know will grow without fuss. 

Clematis Query

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 15:53

If you want to grow a clematis well you're going to havce to do a gerat deal of soil improvement as they are hungry, thirsty plants and will not thrive in poor soil.

If you want evergreen, you're going to be limited to the cirrhosa and armandii types.  The former have foliage which is like oak leaves in shape and flowers in winter when happy.  Flowers are creamy and can be speckled with purple in varying densities.   Armandii have bigger, lighter green and glossy foliage and ceram or white flowers that are scented almond in early spring.   They are more vigorous than cirrhosa but neither type likes to be too exposed in winter.

There are several other groups of clematis which flower any time form early spring to late summer but are not evergreen.  Colour, size and vigour will affect your choice.  You can find info about clems on this site which has no commercial connections - 






Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 15:00

Well, I was trying to be calme and restrained but yes, exciting is what it is, and I too have a large garden where one of anything gets lost unless it's a huge plant and where babies need nurturing to get strong enough to cope with the weather and the competition.

It's magic when bought seeds pop but even better when you've collected them yourself or recieved them from friends.

Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 13:51

Not at all.  There's a huge choice of varities to sow that you just don't see in garden centres.

It's fun and very rewarding when something grows.   I love seeing seeds pop and grow into decorative and/or edible plants and cuttings that take successfully give great satisfaction and pleasure.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 12:43

You could send BB a PM BM.  

Daniel tells me my prblems accessing things stems from Internet Explorer so i've finally switched to Chrome which seems better.   Maybe that's your problem too.

Didn't get to the brocante on Sunday.  Ha dto go to a BBQ to celebrate 150 yrs of the Red Cross.  No time for fiddling with finds anyway as it' steh start f teh dance season and patchwork classes start again soon so I need to do my homework!

As for your other thread BM, I'm planning to leave this house and garden in a couple of years and am already working on cuttings and divisions to take with me, especially my favourite clems.  Layered a  Blue Angel last spring and it seems to have worked so there'll be more next spring.


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