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Shrub damage

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 18:05

Oh dear...Sounds like Viburnum beetle. See...

 

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=556

Help needed to ID plant

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 09:22

Is the stem round, cylindrical rather than flat ...as in a blade of grass?

It looks like a rush... possibly Juncus effusus.

 

 

http://www.plant-identification.co.uk/skye/juncaceae/juncus-effusus.htm

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juncus_effusus

English bluebells vs Spanish ones

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 16:27

These links will help.

Look at the colour of the pollen...Quote...

"Pollen colour

The easiest way to tell the difference between native and non-native bluebells is to look at the colour of the pollen.  

If it is creamy-white then the bluebell is a native.  If it is any other colour, such as pale green or blue, then it is definitely not native.

When the pollen is shed, the empty anther can be a pale cream colour, so make sure you look at the most recently opened flowers at the top of the spike, to find the true colour of the pollen."

 

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/british-natural-history/survey-bluebells/bluebell-identification/index.html

 

There are 3 "bluebells" now in cultivation.

1. Hyacinthoides non scripta. The true English wild bluebell.

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/british-natural-history/survey-bluebells/bluebell-identification/native/

2. Hyacinthoides hispanica. The Spanish bluebell....

 

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/british-natural-history/survey-bluebells/bluebell-identification/hispanica/index.html

3. Hyacinthoides x massartiana. This is a hybrid between the 2 others.

 

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/british-natural-history/survey-bluebells/bluebell-identification/hybrid/index.html

What is it?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 16:13

Oxalis tetraphylla "Iron Cross".?

 

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oxalis_tetraphylla_Iron_Cross20100503_221.jpg

Job's Tears Seeds

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 16:38

This link may help..

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1868/

 

Quote...

"Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From  seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper  towel
Scarify seed before sowing"

 

Helebores

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 13:35

Now is not the right time.

By all means cut of dead leaves and old flowering stems... but not the new leaves.

The time to take of the leaves that are there now, is spring 2014 before the flowers open.

Hope this helps.

help needed please

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 23:35

oops.. link didn't work... try this...

 

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=syringa+vulgaris&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=W-ufUZ79MauY0QWzpYHQBw&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=967

 

Syringa vulgaris Katherine Havemyer is one with  double flowers.

 

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=1899

 

help needed please

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 23:29

Yes.. Syringa vulgaris is very scented and will be the one you know from your childhood.

Now there are many named Syringa vulgaris cultivars in different colours... from deep to light purple, almost maroon to white.

Some even have double flowers.

 

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http://www.google.co.uk/search?rls=com.microsoft:en-US&q=Syringa+vulgaris&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.47008514,d.d2k&biw=1117&bih=509&wrapid=tlif136943461171910&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=_umfUb3kH8bt0gXVmYGgAg

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