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Some plant iD's, please.

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 11:25

Thanks Pansyface, I think you're right. Because it was so small I wasn't sure but I think that's because it flowered late.

Nutcutlet, thanks, I thought it might be something undesirable.

Some plant iD's, please.

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 13:17

As some of you know it's been a bit of a strange year plantwise, with some plants flowering earlier than usual, and others much later.

I hope someone can ID some of these young plants from their leaves, and the last one from its flower also. I think the first two came from a packet of first year flowering perennials that I sowed.

 In the pic' below it's the plant in the centre I want to ID.



Posted: 09/10/2015 at 11:51

OK, will do, thanks for the replies.


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 11:35

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

(un)Seasonal Flower

Posted: 09/10/2015 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.

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Some plant iD's, please.

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