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Posted: Yesterday at 11:51

OK, will do, thanks for the replies.


Posted: Yesterday at 11:35

Just wondering whether it's a bit too late to sow foxglove seeds?

(un)Seasonal Flower

Posted: Yesterday at 11:32

My winter jasmine has been in flower since the end of August as well. Earlier than usual according to my diaries. Monty Don commented a few programmes ago about plants flowering at odd times this year and said that this sometimes happens and isn't necessarily a sign of climate change.

The same thing has happened here in Sheffield, some plants have flowered early, others later than usual. I have a spatttering of flowers on my spirea, normally a spring-flowering bush. My gladiolis have also flowered very late with some yet to flower.

What's your worst nemesis, your most dreaded weed or plant?

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 11:43

Cleavers, or Catchweed, Goosegrass (Galium aparine).  My back garden has a beech hedge around it and backs onto 3 other gardens. Those neighbours gardens are mostly neglected and this plant has really taken hold and bursts through the hedge.

I spend an inordinate amount time trying to keep it under control, trying to kill most of it before it seeds.

Slug resistant plants

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 11:22

In addition to the plants already mentioned Calendula, French marigolds, Nasturtiums, Dill, Sweet Rocket, Honesty, and Petunias are left alone by slugs and snails in my garden.

Caterpillars, however, are a real problem in my garden. They adore my nasturtiums and Primulas/Primroses, and attack a number of other plants and shrubs. I'm forever squishing them, or releasing them elsewhere if they're of less common varieties.

Earwigs have also had a really good go at some of my Dahlias this year.

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.


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Too late to sow seeds? 
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Chamomile or something else?

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Flowering plant ID, please.

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Last Post: 06/08/2015 at 18:25

ID for tall flowering plant.

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Lily beetles

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Small flower ID, please.

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Last Post: 17/05/2015 at 11:10

Keepers or chuckers?

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Broad leafed plant ID, please.

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Rose pruning question

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Last Post: 08/03/2015 at 20:37

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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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 12:17

3 flowering plants for ID, please.

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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 11:53

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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