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I've got a new butterfly

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:40

Nutcutlet.........I remember posting a response to this but it has gone missing (something to do with forgetting to press Submit probably ) so I'll try again.

I was wondering what plant your Small Copper was on ?

Recommended varieties

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:26


Looks like everyone else is too busy picking bumper harvests to comment

I was interested mainly because I had been disappointed with some stuff this year and was wondering what was worth considering for next year and whether I could make improvements.  Given the speed at which we are heading into Autumn and Seed Catalogue perusing time, I'd hoped for a few ideas.

Like you, I do like the orangey Tom types tho I admit I've never come across Paruche but I'll look out for that one.

I do so agree about the Polish shoppers..........having lived in both France and Spain, I have become used to carefully picking over what is on offer in the market/shop even to the extent of removing leaves, stalks of something which is sold by the kilo so you only pay for the good bits. That was always the norm.  I do this even now but notice it is only our Polish contingent here who do the same......mostly English people are either too polite or just prepared to buy the bad with the good

Too far away from the big supermarkets to take advantage  of the reduced veg but can see it would be very handy.

Courgette leaves covered in mold / white powdery mildew

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 20:18

Courgettes and mildewed leaves go together...but the fruit are still fine............ignore the unsightly leaves ( or remove the very badly affected ones ).......good ventilation around the plants can help alleviate the problem but IMHO, they all go the same in the end. 

Recommended varieties

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 19:40

Just wondering which varieties have performed best for you this year........any recommendations or any that you have found disappointing.....general performance or yield.

For me the goodies were ............

Dwarf Bean "Opera"

Potato "Rocket"

Courgette "Gold Rush"

Lab lab (  Dolichos or Hyacinth bean )


Kale "Black Tuscany".......plagued with caterpillars but that was simply my fault.

Tomato.......Sungold, and Black Cherry.

The disappointments

Tomato "Rosada"

Spring Onion "Lisbon"

Mangetout "Sweet Horizon"

There are a few more but these are my main contenders.



Best hemerocallis

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:07

A smaller than standard (about 12 inches ) is "Stella de Oro ".......a nice deep yellow. 

Incidentally, that one has actually flowered in shade but I wouldn't recommend that as the best option for it........just that it is where mine has been living for a couple of years until I get a clear space for it


Posted: 11/08/2014 at 17:34

Andy...........if you have a good Library near you, I'd suggest you try there first.  Most will be only too happy to point you in the right direction.

An enquiry to the RHS might elicit some useful references too 

Bargain plants put to bed

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 16:20

Runnybeak...........what a really attractive little garden.  Well worth the "puff" you expended IMO

Plant ID - post questions for GW Magazine

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 16:04

Jan27........the Arauja is also known as the Cruel Plant due to it's habit of trapping insects within the flowers and then releasing them later on (presumably when it thinks they have had sufficient time to pollinate ! ).

It is easy from either seeds or cuttings........I grew from seeds many years ago and it will overwinter quite happily in the SW of the UK and grow into quite a spectacular plant.

As Emma says, it does become pretty rampant in warmer climates such as Spain but can be pruned quite easily

Help please.

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 12:15

SGLilly...........the 2 non flowering are Sempervivum (House leeks) and they are hardy.

Just the Echevera which you need to put inside once bad weather comes

Sorbaria like tree

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 12:06

Albizia ?

Discussions started by philippa smith2

Recommended varieties

Best performers 
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Mangetout varieties

Any recommendations please ? 
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Sweet potato

Slips or Plugs ? 
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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

Who is your plant named after ? 
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Lost garden tools

Not stolen..........just hiding !! 
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Glyphosate killer in various forms

Effect on surrounding planting ? 
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Perennial evergreen Grass

What variety ? 
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Sulphate of Potash feed 
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Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly or Apple of Peru)

Leaf variegation 
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Grass snake

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How things change 
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Cuckoo Spit

First of the season ? 
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Wildlife Pond

Frog tadpoles 
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Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

general query 
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Waterlogged grass/lawn

using RapidGrid to make a path 
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