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Plant Identity Needed Please

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 21:06

Wow thanks guys. Wonder where that came from. Can I ask, is it the edible salsify? I'm going to be seed sowing next spring regardless. Thanks again. 

Plant Identity Needed Please

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 21:15

Hi all, does anyone have any idea what this plant may be please. It has come up all of a sudden on our allotment and it is lovely. It's in a semi-shady area beneath a cherry tree in a bit of land that has been uncultivated for a while now.

It's about 4 to 5 feet tall, very willowy and delicate with mauve coloured flowers that resemble very delicate thistle heads. The flowers open up in the sun then completely close up into these tall points when the sun goes in.  

I've added some pictures, sorry if they're a bit ropey.

Many thanks 

A Newt by Any Other Name

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 15:20

Thank you Rob. I think it's the spots which threw me as they definitiely extend up the neck but the orange colour doesn't. I think I'm erring on the side of Common too, I mean, as a newt...where does ones throat end and body begin? 

A Newt by Any Other Name

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 13:12

I'm sorry I hate this new site lol. Pics may or may not appear. 

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A Newt by Any Other Name

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 13:07

Hi, can anyone help identify these newts that insist on leaving the pond and roasting themselves in the greenhouse. I can't decide between Smooth and Palmate, possibly because they're dry as a bone. Many thanks. 

Strawberry Growing

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 23:17

We've grown in both but I wouldn't do containers again unless they were very big. The constant watering when they're fruiting in the summer is a proper pain and they are much easier to mulch and keep moist in the ground. As for not eating the fruit in the first year, I eat them as soon as they arrive while working on the allotment, they never even make it home lol

Berries... Will any produce fruit this year if planted now?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 23:11

I too had all my raspberries from Blackmoor and they have been amazing croppers. My autumn ones fruited in the first year and I ate them all, even got a second prize at Stafford Show with them. Don't waste anything that gives you food, make the most of them, raspberries are tough old boots as you will find out when the runners come up next year. And I agree with Dovefromabove...they need lots of room. 

Feeling deflated as a first gardener

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 23:02

Juniper4, believe me when I say, that every gardener be they new or experienced has suffered the same fate. I lost over 100 bedding plants last year due to one night of freak frost. Next day they were just little puddles of slime. Such is the life of a gardener  The good news is that courgettes grow really fast and maybe if your little seedlings have become too stressed you might be better to resow with fresh seed. We live and learn and good luck with your growing season.

Productive soft fruit plot

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 22:48

Creeping Thyme is brilliant for growing amongst other things. It comes in red or purple, is amazing for pollinators and you can eat it. Plus, it suppresses all weeds and is slow growing. A truly versatile plant.

Excess Plants

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 21:22

Ooh JoJo I'm in Stoke on Trent and never thought of Dougie Mac. I've just thought of the Donna Louise Hospice too. I'll give them both a try, thank you.


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Oh what a beautiful spawning!

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