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Posted: 07/06/2012 at 13:44

Hallo all, greetings from the Somerset Levels where it hasn't stopped raining since the Queen was a girl (well, that's what it feels like!)  Have tidied the potting shed, moved most things twice, even oiled the shears.  I shall be sharpening things next.  It must be November ...

Fig tree

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 21:30

Our fig is on a south facing wall in a brick trough, so has restricted roots.  We water it in dry weather and good crops of figs start forming every year - but when they get to half the size of my thumb they fall off.  The leaves look well and there are plenty of new shoots so I don't know what's wrong.  Any ideas?

Do you know what this pretty plant is?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 20:02

Got it: thanks so much.  Yes, it's a thalictrum aquilegifolium, which is probably why I kept expecting it to turn into an aquilegia.  This is a brilliant forum: we should get together and make a virtual garden!

Do you know what this pretty plant is?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 17:51

Thanks for your advice.  Centaurea looks the most likely candidate, except for the leaves... when the weather improves I will take a better picture.

Do you know what this pretty plant is?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 12:57

This has appeared for the last couple of years: any ideas what it might be?


Iris bulbs

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:29

Thank you: I think I'll let their parents 'bring them up' ...


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 17:35

There are a number of ceanothus cultivars which flourish in England, as well as in N. America, but I have found that some are not reliably hardy, so this one deserves a medal for growing in the wild on Hadrian's Wall!

My bay tree's leaves have gone yellow. What can I do to rectify this.

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 17:33

Ours was 10 ft tall and did the same last year.  They then went brown and fell off: strange for an evergreen, I thought.  The bark was split, so we decided to cut it down to 2 feet and it is now a very healthy coppiced bay.  Is yours in a pot?  Has it got ants? 

Iris bulbs

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 17:16

I have dug up and divided a huge clump of iris bulbs which didn't flower this year.  I plan to replant them, but what do I do with the bulblets?  Will they develop into full sized bulbs?  If so, do I leave them attached to the 'parent' or separate them?  Thanks.

Welcome to the plants forum

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 19:57

Yes, it looks like lantana to me

Discussions started by smallswan

Moving plants

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Harbinger tomatoes

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Fig tree

Fruit falls off 
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Do you know what this pretty plant is?

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Iris bulbs

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Herbaceous/shrub clematis

No flowers 
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