Shrinking Violet


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Plant Id

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 21:58

Tibouchina? (though the leaves look slightly different from the one that I had, I must admit).  But need the flower full-face for ident.

plant ID please

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 19:33

Until it flowers, it's rather hard to identify - but from the leaves and your description as "rampant" I would suspect Golden Rod (Solidago).

Plant ID please

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 20:02

Pansyface - please share those photos!  We all love to garden, but the wildflowers (often the origins of our more cultivated plants) are a joy to behold.  Here, on the edge of Exmoor, we are often bereft of wildflower diversity.  "They" call it swaling.  We call it vandalism:  swathes of the moor are rendered to charcoal!  (I have to admit, though,  that in August, the mile upon mile of bright heather is a sight to behold!).

Plant ID please

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 19:39

Oh, yes - googled it, and I think HCA is spot on!  (Note to self:  get a better and more up-to-date wildflower book - mine is over 30 years old!)

Plant ID please

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 22:18

The closest I can get is Helleborine (family Orchidaceae). There are several varieties, many of which are quite rare.   But I can't find a picture in my wildflower book that is clear enough.  So it's only a guess, I'm afraid.

Any one planted out their runners?

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 22:43

I sowed both runner beans and climbing French beans on 16th April.  They germinated quickly in a cool greenhouse, and I have hardened them off over the past week.  I planted them out today.  If the weather should turn colder at night I shall cover them with fleece (I had to do this for a couple of nights last year) but otherwise they should be OK.

I'm in Somerset near the Bristol Channel, so our climate is warmer than average.  If I was in a cooler area I think I would have waited a couple of weeks.

Pre-soaking Seeds?

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 18:16

Sorry for the delay in answering your question Gemma - I tried to reply on my tablet, but it wouldn't do it for some reason!

Anyway - it was rainwater that I used as I have in the past.  I put a saucer of water in a heated propagator, then added the seed into the warm water, left overnight, and planted the germinated seed.  But this year it didn't work

I think that in future I shall try the damp kitchen paper method as indicated by Welshonion - though I would be interested to know which companies were dismal failures, so I could avoid them, too.  (For the record, I have found T & M unreliable with both seeds and bulbs).

Pre-soaking Seeds?

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 21:41

I have done this successfully in the past with Morning Glory.  This year, however, only one of the soaked and initially-germinated seeds has actually germinated properly.  No idea why - but where I had thought it almost fail-safe for some seeds (Morning Glory in particular), I am now re-appraising the method for the future!

Violets

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 16:41

I have them self-seeded all over the place, and I love them.  I pull up anything that's in the wrong place, and pop them into a spare piece of garden, and this can sometimes bring its own surprise.

We have a leat at the end of the garden, and I put a lot of seedlings on the bank - perfect.  And then I forgot about them.  The other day, working at the end of the garden, a sweet violet scent made me stop what I was doing and hunt around for the source - and lo and behold, the forgotten seedlings had clumped up and were in flower, perfuming the air.  What a lovely moment!

And yes, I do remember the florist selling bunches of violets.  They were 6d a bunch, and on my limited pocket money, I could only afford 3d.  The florist would kindly sell me half a bunch for my mum - and I was so proud to give them to her.  Ah, such simple times.  And the scent of violets brings back happy memories of her.

water lily

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 19:53

I agree with the advice with the waterlily - a pot with aquatic soil will be fine, gravel on the top  and the basket lined with hessian will do the trick.

I would be a bit worried about the "bulrush type grass" that you also have.  If it is a Typha, beware that it isn't too vigorous.  Some of them (though, admittedly, not all) have root systems that can force their way out of a pot and even pierce a pond liner.  If in doubt, I would leave it out!  I prefer to leave such plants for the wild, and concentrate on less invasive/damaging species.

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