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Plant Identification please

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 14:13

I've been buying plants from the bargain corner again and need help with identifying them please. They are all in a hanging basket and I'm going to take them all out and pot them up individually

Pic 1 is in the centre of the basket, stands around 50cm tall and I've absolutely no idea at all what it is

 Pic 2 could the long leaved stripey one be a spider plant? The plant to the left has lovely heart shaped leaves????

Pic 3 at first I thought the variagated plant was a weigela but there is one or two few flowers which look suspiciously to me as fuschia flowers???? I was wondering if the almost black plant at the front is a sambucus????

 Any help with ID would be gratefully appreciated Thank you.

Flat green bugs on tomatos

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 07:57

Ok thank you...they can stay then 

Flat green bugs on tomatos

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 19:18

Here are a couple of photos of the bugs to help with identification. Thank you


Flat green bugs on tomatos

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 17:09

Over the past couple of days I've noticed some flat green bugs on my tomatoes (grown outside) I've done a little research and I think they could be Green Stink Bugs. I've only seen them on 1 particular tomato.

Are they good bugs or bad?

Is the friut still ok to eat?  


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 20:03

I do apologise if this subject has been covered over and over but I've looked for an answer to my quandary without sucess and would appreciate any help.

After watching this weeks GW I thought I'd have a go collecting my own seed. I've never done this before so please bare with me...I understand the very basics of collecting seed, or I thought I did until I actually put it into practice. Now I'm not so sure... 

I collected Malva seed but only picked the heads that were a light brown colour and seemed dry & crisp (I left the green moist pods in situ) The seed came out of the pods very easily and I've put them on a sheet of paper to dry out. 

I also collected Nigella seeds. On the whole plant there were only a few pale coloured, dry pods so I only took these. Some of the seeds are quite plump, green with black tips and these didn't come out of the pod so easily. Other seeds are significantly smaller, much dryer and are black. These came out of the pod very easily. 

Is what I've done right so far? As for the Nigella seed, which have most chance of being viable the small black ones or the plump green ones? Perhaps neither??????


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 17:25

I went to Southport yesterday and got absolutely soaked. I didn't think it wasn't as good as previous years but I suppose the weather did put a damper on it (if you'll pardon the pun )

I did manage to get a Helenium I've been after for my friend Helen's birthday next week so for that I didn't mind getting wet. Other than that I didn't see anything worth buying. 


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 20:16

I have one of these plants growing against a shaded garage wall. It was only planted last year and wasn't very mature when planted. It hasn't flowered this year but in fairness I didn't expect it to but it has put on an amazing amount of growth. 

Looking at it today it has 3 main healthy branches which are only about 18-24 inches from the garage roof. I was wondering if I cut all the branches back a bit would this encourage it to grow bushier? I don't really want to jeopardise any potential flowers for next year though! 


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 20:02

Ok thank you all. I believe the plant I have is geranium phaeum. I'll have a look at the plant tomorrow and see if I can pull something off it. I pressume now is as good a time as any to do this?????

Thanks again for your advice & I'll let you know how it goes 


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 10:07

What is the best way to do this? I've read it can be done by division or cuttings but can't find how to take cuttings.



Posted: 11/08/2013 at 13:55

Ah Ok so I've made a few mistakes then...not enabling them to polinate, probably too much water & food  & perhaps not ideal growing them in the conservatory???

Thanks for all your comments and knowing what I know now hopefully I'll have better results next year.

So back to my plants there any chance they will produce fruit now or is it a bit late for them? I won't be upset if you say give up on them as I've got ample tomatoes that I'm more than happy with   

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