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What will simply not thrive for you....

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 09:48

It's interesting that several people have mentioned Crocosmia as not growing in their gardens. I planted a group of them about 4 years ago and all I've ever had is leaf growth and no flowers.

However, the leaf growth this year has been stronger and lo and behold, a week ago they started to flower. I don't know if it was the second move at the end of this winter or if they take some years to produce flowers? Obviously I'm glad I didn't chuck them because they are very pretty.

They're in the front garden, which is East-facing and in very rich soil on a clay base.

I seem to be able to grow almost anything here in Sheffield but like some have mentioned I haven't had any success with Echinacea, though I've only tried once.

Fishy 65, you mention not having any luck with Sunflowers. Clearly I don't know the circumstances but I've found that sunflowers will grow almost anywhere, I've seen them growing out of concrete and tarmac.

Five feet is not bad for some varieties of sunflower. I grow a variety of sunflowers every year, including giants and get a lot of self-seeded plants. At the moment I have one that is about 7-8 feet that self-seeded in the centre of the garden.

This space is pure clay with builders rubble in it and it's been covered with a double layer of weed control fabric and decorative stone! I do feed my sunflowers with either a general purpose plant food or tomato feed. I have experimented though with not feeding some and they have grown well with just regular watering.

So please don't give up because they are wonderful plants, an essential summer plant that will flower from summer into winter in the right weather conditions.

Chamomile or something else?

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 18:12

Duh! I should have known that. I think they are Anthemis tinctoria (now known as Cota Tinctoria) and Anthemis Arvensis. Many thanks for reminding me. Now where were those memory pills?

Flowering plant ID, please.

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 18:05

Thanks for everyone's input. Nutcutlet, it wasn't deliberate, I was clearing plants that had died or were past their best from the border and it got pulled by mistake.

Chamomile or something else?

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 12:46

Hi, Last year I sowed a lot of 'wildflower' seeds in the back garden border, which is untreated clay. The results were great and this year I didn't have to do any planting as the border was full of biennials, such as Honesty, Sweet Rocket, Forget Me Not and Ox-eye daisies.

The plants in the pictures are also some kind of biennial or perennial as they grew to about 6" without flowering last year. And this year they've given me this lovely display.

Are they chamomile or another plant in the daisy family?


Flowering plant ID, please.

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 12:23

Does anyone recognise the plant below. It was growing at the back of a border where I had sown seeds last year from a box of 'wildflowers'. I suspect it's a biennial or short-lived perrenial.

I was clearing a lot of that border yesterday and was able to get to it where it had been growing up a beech hedge. It's a tall plant with branching stems and an alternate leaf pattern.

The main stem is striated and the flowers are bell-shaped, light blue/lilac in colour.


Lily beetles

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 19:18

Hi Verdun, I did and do exactly the same as you! If I do miss one first time and it does it's trick of falling to the ground and lying on it's back I give the ground around the plant a quick spray of insecticide.

Green Magpie, I wondered the same as you when I first planted lilies. Now I have a bit more gardening experience I've learnt that whatever you plant it will attract whatever feeds on it. I planted roses, they got greenfly, I planted Philadelphus, that got blackfly, I planted primulas/primroses and caterpillars decimated some of them, etc, etc.

Now I plant nasturtiums to attract the blackfly away from other plants, spray some plants with insecticide and spend a lot of time checking for caterpillars.

ID for tall flowering plant.

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 19:06

Thanks to everyone who replied, and thanks Dove for the positive ID. I have no idea why I said blue when I meant write lilac! Not enough sleep is my excuse.

ID for tall flowering plant.

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 16:16

Here are some much better pictures. I went into the garden earlier and one has flowered.


Lily beetles

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 12:28

Yes, some of my lilies in the borders are just budding. Whereabouts are you Dove?

ID for tall flowering plant.

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 10:47

Anyone recognise the plant in the pic's. It came from a box of so-called wildflower seed last year and quite a lot of them have appeared. Sorry about the quality of the pic's, I've edited pictures of other plants to get them.

They're fast-growing and tall, 1m+ in some cases. They have a group of small 'tubular flower buds in a small group at the top of the stem. The flowers are blue.



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Discussions started by soulboy

Chamomile or something else?

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Flowering plant ID, please.

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ID for tall flowering plant.

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Lily beetles

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Small flower ID, please.

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Keepers or chuckers?

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Broad leafed plant ID, please.

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Rose pruning question

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Aromatic shrub ID, please

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Last Post: 13/02/2015 at 11:53

Can someone help ID these 2 small flowers.

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3 flowering plants for ID, please.

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Lily beetles in October!

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Last Post: 15/10/2014 at 10:19

Seed swap link wanted

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Last Post: 09/10/2014 at 16:24

More ID's for plants in my wildflower border, please.

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Last Post: 19/09/2014 at 09:31

Plants to keep or not?

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