Latest posts by ShropshireLass

B&M Bulbs

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 10:59

I was even more pleased with my bargains when I got them home! Will get the Dahlia bulbs going - do they just go in pots on a sunny windowsill?  No greenhouse yet! 

B&M Bulbs

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 16:43

Couldn't resist some bulds in B&M at lunchtime.  I honestly think I have a plant buying addiction for which I should seek help!

For my six hard-earned pounds I got:

4 mixed Dahlia bulbs (shoots already appearing)

40 Freesia mixed Doubles

20 Brodiaea Queen Fabiola bulbs

75 (!!) 'White Collection' which contains 20 Liatris Alba, 35 Acidanthera Peacock Orchids and 20 Anemone The Bride


So bargain or bad buy?  I guess time will tell but until then it would be nice to hear what you lot think! 

Anyone got any experience of B&M plants? 

Also, being a newbie, I don't know much about the above, apart from the Dahlia.  I assume (apart from the Dahlia) that they're all hardy perennials? 

Joys of Spring

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 15:48

Gorgeous Crocuses! Mine are just coming out as well.  Can't remember what type they are but they are purple with yellow middles and a couple of larger yellow ones.  Next to the snowdrops they are lovely!

What a weekend for gardening as well - I've been out all weekend getting lots of jobs done.  Have only just popped in for a sec to look something up.  Has everyone been busy little bees this weekend?!


Joys of Spring

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 15:16

Don't know what the weather's like with you, but here it's been a lovely sunny couple of days which has really woken the joys of spring in me! 

I love wandering round the garden seeing things come back to life.  Blubs coming up (Daffs are nearly flowering!) buds bursting everywhere, baby plants coming on nicely.  I almost feel poetic! 

Is everyone else feeling the joy? 

Mystery plants

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 13:57

Thanks nutcutlet! I think the lythrun / linaria question is going to have to wait until they flower again.  I'll be back to pick the forum's brains on this plant in the summer! 

Mystery plants

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 10:29

Forgot to say, the tree peonies (sp?!) are lovely.  There's three in total, one is really big.  I pruned them very nervously last year, but seems to have been okay because the buds are swelling beautifully.  We missed them flowering last year as we didn't move in until June, so looking forward to it.  

I also set myself a challenge of propagating some more tree peonies from seed.  They've been in a warm, dark place in some damp vermiculite for about 3 months now and much to my joy, some of them are starting to develop roots! Fingers crossed! 

Mystery plants

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 10:26

Thanks everyone! I did type a full reply on my phone this morning but for some reason none of the text has shown up above, grrr 

Dovefromabove - the lamium maculatums was grown from a cutting I took from a local park.  Last year was my first attempt at cuttings and this was the only one that's really flourished.  Safe to say I won't be repopulating my garden from my cuttings this year at least!  If it's something you'd like, I can get another cutting going for you later on in the year? 

Antirrhinum (had to double check the spelling there!) was something I always thought was an annual, like Marigolds or Petunias.  I'd bought some in bulk for pots on a south-facing patio and whilst the Marigolds and Petunias are long gone, the Antirrinums are still flourishing.  Is this normal?  Can I plant them out in the main garden?  

Figrat and Nutcutlet - not sure which of your two suggestions is correct.  I'm leaning towards Lythrun Salicaria but the plant I have flowers on one spike only, for the whole of the summer, and then dies back to a woody stem in the autumn.  Does that sound about right?  I'll post some better pics of that one when it flowers. Apologies for the poor quality of the pics of it above.  

Thanks for your help everyone! 

Mystery plants

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 07:45

Mystery plants

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 00:09

Woops, left one off!  This is a very tall, hard stem with deep purple flowers on it.  There's loads of them growing in really poor soil down the side of our drive and a small clump of them in an old pot we uncovered in an old flower bed.  


You can see them sticking up from the pot on the left-hand side of this picture

You can see them (well most of them) on the right hand side of this pic.

 Apologies for not having a better picture - didn't think this one through back in the summer! 


Thanks in advance 

Mystery plants

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 00:00

Hello everyone,  

This is my first post on the forum but I have been lurking for a while, learning lots from all you knowledgeable folk!

Anyway, I recently bought a house with a very large, but neglected garden.  Being a novice gardener, I'm having to lean fast on the job! Lots of existing plants have been saved but I'm not sure what some of them are.  I would be really grateful for some help!

 They're both really easy to grow and seem virulent so I'm worried they're weeds!! 


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