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The longest flowering perennial is........

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 10:39

This last year in my garden in Sheffield it's been calendula and primulas/primroses. Even though we had a very mild winter I was surprised to see one calendula flower continuously since spring last year and has now started producing even more flowers.

The primroses and primulas also flowered all year and are just now beginning to fade, although some are still going strong. Also in my East-facing front garden the sunflowers do very well with flowers into early December in a mild autumn/early winter.

Seedling/young plant ID, please.

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 11:14

Thanks Nutcutlet, you've jogged my memory. They are indeed yellow mustard. There are always some in the mixed wildflower seeds I buy.


Posted: 18/05/2016 at 09:40

I agree about No.1 probably being a mallow. I also agree with Nutcutlet that No.4 is probably goosegrass, or cleavers, as it is sometimes known. This is a plant I despise. My back garden backs onto three neighbouring gardens that are not well maintained and I'm constantly battling to remove this plant and its seedlings encroaching onto my borders.

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Tulip problems

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 09:30

Hi, I'm hoping that someone with a good knowledge of tulips can advise me. I planted tulips for the first time two years ago and they alll flowered well in the first year. This year however, while most were fine and even bigger than last year, some had problems.

Some didn't flower, although they produced leaves. So I dug them up and a few had a single small hole bored into them, a couple of millimetres in diameter. These were border plants.

Unfortunately I didn't take any pic's or cut them open as I thought I would easily find information on the internet. However, all I can find is the animals that eat them, and a statement on the RHS site that says slugs can attack bulbs.

Anyone got a clue what it might be?

The other question I have, is about some tulips I had in a pot. They also failed. Again they produced leaves but this time they also produced a flower stem with a bud. But both were weak and stunted in growth and they died. It was a frost resistant pot and this winter has been largely frost free here in Sheffield, with the lowest temperature 2C.

Semi shady tolerant shrub

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 09:14
plant pauper says:

Soulboy her's is about 6 feet high and deep green covered in blooms. I'd only ever seen little knee high n'er do wells of the yellow sundance. I was impressed.

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 That is impressive. Mine was about 4.5' wide and high before I moved it.

Seedling/young plant ID, please.

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 12:33

Hi, can anyone provide an ID for this seedling and young plant. It came from a box of 'wildflower' seeds, which often have summer annuals and other flowers in them.

I feel I should know this plant as I'm sure I've had it in the garden before but my failing memory defeats me.

Semi shady tolerant shrub

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 11:46
plant pauper says:

My first experience of Aztec Pearl was in my neighbour's garden a couple of days ago. I had to get it ID'd on here as I never seen it before. It's beautiful and the fragrance is lovely too. I'm going to have some snippings off that one!

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 Hi Plant Pauper, it is beautiful! FYI, the one I have at the moment is a young bush about 2' tall planted from a new growth cutting.

I broke the gardener's rule of 'If you love it, leave it.', when I moved a mature bush because it had outgrown its position. It died. I don't think I had enough of the root ball. Apart from the central roots this plant has lots of thin, delicate roots that grow close to the surface of the ground.

Fortunately, I took that cutting and just stuck it into a compost rich border, without any rooting hormone and it took very well.

Semi shady tolerant shrub

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 11:24

I would recommend a choisya, too. I have choisya 'Aztec Pearl' and it has gorgeous, white, fragrant flowers in spring. Although, it may not be as dense as what you want. Perhaps ans escallonia, which tolerates pruning very well. I have one that produces a mass of white flowers.

Welcome addition or weed?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 19:50

Thanks everyone! Definitely sweet William as you say. I should have recognised that. There was some in that border last year that came from a box of 'wildflower' seed.

Welcome addition or weed?

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 10:22

I haven't posted for a while but not surprised to see a lot of ID requests a this time of the year.

Here's to a successful new growing season to all!

My ID request is for the plant in the picture with the spiky, lanceolate leaves. It's growing in a wildflower border among the ox-eye daisies, as well as in a few other places.




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Tulip problems

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ID for tall flowering plant.

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Broad leafed plant ID, please.

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