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Plant id

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 18:31

Probably not phlomis russelliana which has more sage green leaves and yellow flowers, although in shade I've seen it greener.  There are also purple flowered phlomis with greener leaves so maybe one of those.  You'll know when it flowers.

Leave the flower stalks and seed heads on thru autumn and over winter as they look great frosted and provide food for birds and shelter for teeny insects.

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Posted: 22/05/2017 at 17:20

Yours has probably been grown under shelter in a greenhouse or polytunnel;   Mine aren't that big either.

When you do dead head, look for side shoots and cut back to just above them.  The second flowers won't be as big but there should be two per stem.

flag Irises

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 17:14

Maybe trunks and a snorkel?  Dive and cut the iris off at the roots if you can't pull it up?


Posted: 22/05/2017 at 17:12

They are spindly and airy, judging by the ones I've bought here.  They should be safe from frosts now so plant them out and take cuttings later on to ensure you have some stock to keep sheltered over winter.

Completely had enough of cats now!

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 17:09

Fox poo definitely dark messy and stinks.  Cat poo is not messy unless they're ill.  I thought fox poos was the worst - our terrier likes to roll in it - till she discovered coypu poo.  Yuk!

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 14:45

It is outrageous but, it seems, all too common.

Changing the subject completely, here's a pic of part of yesterday's plant fair at Vouvant.

Those red/bronze phormiums in the foreground were going for 39€!!  I paid between 2€ and 5€ for all my treasures.

Identify please

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 14:30

Centranthus ruber aka Valerian - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/93739/Centranthus-ruber/Details 


Posted: 22/05/2017 at 14:16

Slugs and snails love these and so do aphids so be ready with defences.   I never had any success in my last garden which was very fertile but apparently too alkaline so i'm trying again here and bought The Page yesterday - lovely soft red.

Yours look very healthy.  As soon as the flowers go over, remove the stem and feed it.  You may then get secondary flowering later on.

flag Irises

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 13:50

A wee boat and a large rake?  Bundles of barley straw stuffed into old tights and weighted down with a brick should help with blanket weed.

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