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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."


There are 3 "bluebells" now in cultivation.

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

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

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

What is it?

Posted: 02/06/2013 at 16:13

Oxalis tetraphylla "Iron Cross".?

Job's Tears Seeds

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 16:38

This link may help..



"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"



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...


Syringa vulgaris Katherine Havemyer is one with  double flowers.


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.



Need help/advice for taking and growing cuttings of neighbours acer tree please

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 08:28

 Acer shirasawanum is the latin name.

The common name for it is full moon maple!

There is even a named cultivar... a real beauty..Acer shirasawanum Autumn Moon.

It is a different species from Acer palmatum.

Most Acers are grafted.

Full moon maples are very very slow to get started.. but eventually get big.

A stunning and beautiful Acer.

It just hates to be in a windy spot in full sun... the leaves will scorch!


Worth buying from a good nursery... NOT CHEAP!

Quick growing rhododendron or azalea - is there such a thing?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 11:22

blairs...think you mean Rhododendron ponticum.

On no account plant this is an invasive shrub .

It costs the country millions trying to irradicate it.

It smothers all our native wild flowers.


Quote from wiki...


Invasive species

Suckering of the root, together with its abundant seed production, has led to it becoming an invasive species over much of western Europe and in parts of New Zealand. Rhododendron control, or "rhodie-bashing", is a key element in nature conservation in those areas.3] Conservation organisations in Britain now believe R. ponticum has become "a severe problem" in the native Atlantic oakwoods of the west highlands of Scotland and in Wales, and on heathlands in southern England, crowding out the native flora.4] Clearance strategies have been developed, including the flailing and cutting down of plants with follow-up herbicide spraying. Injection of herbicide into individual plants has been found to be more precise and effective.5]

Quick growing rhododendron or azalea - is there such a thing?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 10:46

Have a look at a specialist nursery that sells them...

their catalogue will help with colour, size, speed , height, date of flowering  etc

Request a paper copy with all colour pics!

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