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Posted: Today at 12:02
aym280 says:

Wow: Several feasts for the eyes! Wakeshine: I have one also like a dinner plate but as yours is an iridescent yellow, it must have injected so much drama in your garden. 

Chrissy the gardener: Wow! Where did you buy yours? I bought loads of seeds but the flowers are all very indifferent. Those two look so beautiful and distinctive. I am going to take cuttings of mine as there are two that I definitely want to keep. Where can I buy these beauties, Chrissy? 

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 Hi aym20, I don't know the name of the pink dahlia but the white one is a cactus dahlia,Tsuki-ytori-no-shisha. The name, aptly, means 'messenger from the moon', apparently the title of a very popular Japanese novel

The great thing is that Wilko has had this in stock for the last few years and dahlias have just gone on sale there. They do sell out fairly quickly but my store still had some last week and they should have some for at least a couple of weeks more.

I've grown it for three years and it's fabulous. A prolific flowerer, my two initial tubers have grown into very large bush-like plants and probably need dividing. It goes on for ages with deadheading. I've left mine in the ground the last three winters and they've been fine, although the winters have been relatively mild. Though people say it's the wet that's the real problem, rather than the cold.

But mine are in a very well-draining border and I mulch them each winter. Like all dahlias they do attract earwigs and blackfly but it's never been a serious problem for me as I keep on top of that. Another tip for these is that the petals at the back of the flowers start to rot and go brown/black but I don't deadhead them straight away, I just pick off those petals and wait until the flower has completely opened to show its yellow centre and allow the bees to feed before I think about deadheading them

ID for a small white flower

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 11:28

Thanks Ladybird. No luck yet. I was hoping that the way the flower has that 'mitre' shape before ti opens would be recognised by someone. I'm still searching flower databases.

ID for a small white flower

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 16:39
Ladybird4 says:

It looks very much like Lavatera trimestris.

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Thanks Ladybird but Nut is right, it's definitely not Malva. As I said the flower is very small. Also mallows don't have that mitre shape while the flower is forming. You can see how small the flower is by comparing it with the clarkia flowers and leaves in the pictures or the small stones in the soil.

Finally, mallows don't have the flower stem growing with a basal leaf on the main plant stem, with three flowers, as in my description.

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Primula 'mutation'

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 16:32


How do you know so much?

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 16:31
nutcutlet says:

good plan soulboy. I only take a notebook to the garden but transferring notes to computer sounds a plan.

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 Fortunately my short term memory is pretty good so I don't bother with a notebook, I just write the important bits I've done or seen on the following day. Not that I'm implying your memory is poor!

One of the things I find most useful about the diary is comparing the garden year on year, when plants first appear, how long they last etc. This year was very odd as you probably know. I had tulips and daffodils in bloom well into June, for example, which meant some planting was delayed or not done at all while waiting to be able to cut the bulb leaves.

How do you know so much?

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 13:49
nutcutlet says:

A diary is a good idea.Try and remember where you put it.

I have lists of what needs doing last winter somewhere, and the year before that. Creating a new list atm. 

After a while you realise you don't have to know or remember everything, there are generals. Take early flowering shrubs, it doesn't matter what they are, they need pruning (if they need pruning) after flowering. Any other time and you've cut off the next lot of flowers.So that's just the one thing to know instead of lots.

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 My diary is on my computer. When I forget where that is I don't think I'll be doing any gardening!

ID for a small white flower

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 12:48

Could someone ID this for me. It's a very small white flower with five petals in a cup shape. About three flowers grow on a single stem that grow out of the main stem.

The leaves are ovoid and alternate and the flower stems grow fom the base of one of these leaves. As you can see from the pic's, when the flower begins to from it has a shape similar to a cardinals' mitre.

It probably came from a box of summer annual seeds.

Primula 'mutation'

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 12:28

I think you're both spot on. I've just done a quick search for 'teasel leaf thorns' on Google and not only do they have the identical thorns on the spine they show thorns forming on the top side of the leaves, too, which clinches it for me. It's identical to what happened with this plant.

I think that's what's happened is that this isn't in fact a section of divided plant, but a plant that looked similar to a primula that was moved when moving and dividing plants. Thanks!

Primula 'mutation'

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 11:51

I'm hoping that someone knows what has happened to this primula, which is quite odd in my limited experience.

A year or so ago I planted a very small section of a divided primula next to a log in my front garden, in the semi-shade of my philadelphus.

As it developed and grew new leaves it seemed quite normal at first. After a while I noticed it had developed small hard protuberances on the upper side of the leaves, which developed into a thorny shape. They appeared to 'bursting from the underside of the leaves. These disappeared after some time and as the leaves grew bigger this year, they were longer and more slender than usual for a primula.

As it wasn't developing normally it was always my intention to dig it out, which I did yesterday. It was also smaller than I would expect for the time it had been in the ground. But what I also discovered, which you can see clearly in the photo's is that it had developed small, very sharp and solid small thorns along the under-spine of the leaves, as well as quite a large taproot, neither of which I've ever seen on a primula.

A couple of things that may have affected it are that it was very close to the log and was also very entangled in the fine roots of the philadelphus. In every other respect the leaves and roots looked very healthy. Also it hasn't flowered, whereas the other divided sections have.

Could this be a defensive adaptation to being crowded or some kind of disease?

ID for nondescript plant

Posted: 10/08/2016 at 11:22
Dovefromabove says:

Pattypan squashes - just two plants 

Taste like courgettes, more tender, lovely roastedas well as cooking like ordinary courgettes. Very productive and interesting to look at. 

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