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Tree identification help needed

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 13:06

I would say it's a sycamore, especially when looking at the first picture. The leaves and stems are identical to ones I have growing out of a large stump in my back garden.

Plant ID

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 15:13
nutcutlet says:

Worth remembering that cats and lilies co-existed for many years before media panic stories. Not saying there is no toxicity, just remembering all the lilies and cats that have passed through my life with no problem.

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Sunflower Little Dorrit

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 15:05
Allyblueeyes says:

Soulboy, I will most definitely post pics.

Nematodes are expensive I know, but the last two years have been hell for slugs and as we've got frogs, blackbirds (and we're hoping the hedgehogs will return this year) I daren't use pellets. my patience has been tested though over the years!!!

Thanks again for help and advice. Will keep you posted on how the 🌻 get on 😀

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Plant id please

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:59

My first thought was shasta daisies as mine have serrated leaves. I've just checked a photo' of one of mine and the leaf serrations on that are finer and there are lot more of them, but they do look very similar and the one I'm comparing yours with was at an advanced stage of growth.

Plant ID

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 14:02

Hi Ladybird4, you may feel that the risk is not worth taking but I think they are much, much less than people are told. There are so many common garden plants that are toxic to animals and people. Dahlias and daffodils are poisonous for cats and other animals, for example.

How often do you hear of cats being poisoned by lilies? Generally speaking cats are not stupid and stay away from things that may harm them, though the adventurousness of kittens may be a different matter. I've grown a number of Asiatic lilies in my garden for 7 years without incident. My cat plays regularly in the garden, scratches around in the soil and occasionally uses it as a toilet, as do some of the neighbourhood cats. They're all still perfectly healthy.

The only plant that my cat regularly eats is grass. He does sometimes play with some plants, attacking the lower leaves or branches but shows no interest in eating any of them. I do take the precaution of picking up the fallen leaves of the lilies as they die off but I would imagine that as they die there is very little toxicity in them, and I don't always do it in a timely manner. The cat shows no interest whatsoever in eating them though.

Blue flower identity

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 19:58
Silver surfer says:

Ooops link...won't let me edit above...more than 5 mins passed.

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 Slightly off-topic but very useful Silver Surfer is the website Tiny url. Just google and bookmark it. You paste the long url and it does what it says in the tin, shrinks the very long url to something much, much smaller. No more editing!

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Sunflower Little Dorrit

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 19:30
Allyblueeyes says:

Soulboy - that's excellent advice. I'll plant two in the pots as you suggested and plant the others straight into the ground. I was looking for something to fill in some gaps in the middle of the border so I assume these would work well? Will keep a close eye out for the slugs but the nematodes seem to be working their magic so far!

Thank you!! 

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 I'm glad you think so! And very glad to pass on my limited knowledge, I'm a relative novice having had my garden for only 7 years. I'm a bit of a sunflower fanatic, though I've reined myself in the last couple of years. previously my front garden has been full of various sunflowers, mainly giant ones. Last year I think I only had about 20 altogether, front and back (I know...).

They should great fill those gaps in the border. They grow to about 60cm and have a mass of large leaves, but you probably know that already. It would be good if you could post some pic's when they flower. I'm glad to see you've gone the organic route with the nematodes. I'm afraid to say that I still resort to pellets because I can't afford anything else at the moment.

Sunflower Little Dorrit

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 13:04

Hi, although this sunflower is a dwarf variety, it's not particularly small, especially with regard to overall spread and leaf size. With the pot size you've mentioned I would only want to grow one plant per pot. You could grow more than one but I think they would be all squashed and may not grow as large as they would on their own

If you're going to go with one I would plant two seeds per pot, each a few inches from the centre. When they've germinated and grown to 3-4 inches tall  leave the strongest one in the pot and prick out the other gently and plant it elsewhere or discard it (I hate discarding any seedling).

You could also underplant the sunflower with some other seedlings or plugs and lop off some of the sunflower's lower leaves as it grows and gets much stronger.

If you want more than one sunflower to a pot I would either get a larger pot, if within your budget, or with the current pot plant a couple of seeds equidistant from the edge and centre of the pot. You can always trim the leaves as they grow if they become too squashed.

Also if you have a garden and have any room I would definitely put some in the ground as they would look wonderful, especially as a group. For this I would sow the seeds direct as I think they do better than  when transplanted from pots.Sow them in groups of two seeds Place the two seeds just a few inches apart, and the next two about 12"/30cm apart and so on.

As with the pots, leave the strongest seedling in place and either transplant or discard the 'weaker' one. Protect the seedlings from slugs with slug pellets or you can cover them with cut up water bottles or similar.

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Posted: 15/05/2017 at 12:38

And a second forum member has contacted me with an offer of more foxgloves and a bonus of some campanula. My back garden is going to be spectacular this summer and I will post the evidence here.


Posted: 15/05/2017 at 12:29
Lyn says:

And they've gone off with Mr Postie this morning.😀

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 Thank you!

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