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Iris reticulata not flowering

Posted: 04/03/2015 at 11:34

I have Iris reticulata in the garden and while they are in full flower in one part of the garden in another they're yet to produce flowers. Slugs and snails are a particular problem, particularly in the wet weather we've been having lately.

Some of my irises, including Dutch irises have snail damage and I caught one tiny snail halfway up a stem a couple of days ago. It's easy to spot the damage they cause; they particularly like feeding on the fresh tips of iris leaves, although damage can also be found lower down.

My solution to minimise the damage is slug pellets.

Cottage Garden - East Facing Border

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 18:39

Thanks a lot Chicky! The garden is only in its fifth year but it does me proud every year and is maturing well. I hope the OP sees my post so that he can see the possibilities of an East-facing garden.

Cottage Garden - East Facing Border

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 17:56

I have an East-facing garden, slightly South-East. It does depend what is to either side of the garden, particularly the South side. If there are no obstructions, houses et al, your garden should get plenty of Morning sun and a little early afternoon sun.

I grow a large variety of plants, some shrubs, but mostly flowering annuals. If your soil is good you should have no problem growing lots of different plants. The RHS 'Plant Finder is good because you search by aspect, or you can google east-facing plants.

But don't restrict yourself to just this because many plants can grow in several aspects. Here are some examples of plants that thrive in my garden:

Sunflowers, marigolds, calendula, tagetes, cosmos, phacelia, red clover, zinnias, asiatic lilies, irises, daffodils, crocuses, violas, honesuckle, roses, winter jasmine, anemones, cornflowers, snapdragons,alyssum, californian poppies, poppies, coreopsis, and many others.

Here's a couple of pictures of my garden that I hope will give you some inspiration.


Aromatic shrub ID, please

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 11:53

That was super quick and spot on, thanks Nutcutlet.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 11:43

Kim, please check your messages - I need your address.

Aromatic shrub ID, please

Posted: 13/02/2015 at 11:39

A friend in Dundee has asked me to help her ID an aromatic shrub that is on the university campus where she works. She thinks it might be Daphne.

The leaves are also aromatic when rubbed.


House Plants

Posted: 04/02/2015 at 18:02

I agree with the positive things said about peace lilies. I'd just add one thing. They don't like overwatering or standing in water. They actually 'tell' you when they need watering as they suddenly start to wilt.

I have one in my East-facing kitchen, about 2m from the window and it thrives there.

Oh, and they clear the air of some pollutants.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 09:57

Granma, PM sent.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 10:58

In addition to the sunflower and coreopsis seeds I mentioned in my earlier post, I have an abundance of hollyhock seeds from my garden if anyone's interested. They are prone to 'rust' but the one's I have grew to a magnificent size and produced gorgeous lemon-tinged white flowers.

The bees also love them. I think the rust was mainly due to the very mild and wet winter we had last winter/spring and you can protect against this to an extent by wrapping the growing/lower leaves in fleece to protect against rain splash.

I just cut off the the affected leaves when they got really bad as the plants were worth keeping for the wonderful display they gave.

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 09:01

Victoria, thanks so much for the seeds, which arrived yesterday. Your coreopsis seeds will be in the post for you today.

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Aromatic shrub ID, please

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Can someone help ID these 2 small flowers.

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3 flowering plants for ID, please.

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Lily beetles in October!

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Seed swap link wanted

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More ID's for plants in my wildflower border, please.

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Plants to keep or not?

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Back for some more small flower ID's, please.

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When to move philadelphus?

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Fungus on winter jasmine?

Also advice after pruning. 
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Anyone able to ID this plant for me, please.

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A new small flowering plant ID, please.

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Stumped by another small flower!

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ID for small white flower.

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