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Posted: 22/06/2013 at 20:00


Anyone know what it is ?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 19:59

Hello folks.  At first I thought it was a fuschia....judging by the first photo. Looking at the next pictures I think it is phygelius.  Not sure about African Queen though because its quite a vigorous, strong growing plant.    Are there dwarf varieties?   Or, as Salino said perhaps they are suckers....that would be my guess too.  The foliage looks a bit anaemic and stunted as though it is a sucker.  Looks like others there too. I gave up growing phygelius few years back because they did sucker and I will not grow anything that's invasive in this way.  

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 19:48

Im not sure about that Tina....I say Im not sure about that.  If we did have this thread before I don't remember it...I say. I dont remember it.   (see what you've started now Tina!)

Its interesting reading how people got into gardenIng.  For me it was when my dad, Monty Don, gave me a piece of land to clear of brambles.  Remember it well...about an acre it was and took me all summer.  Ah! memories.......


Posted: 22/06/2013 at 18:19

Oops! MMP. Forgot all about the runner beans.......I'll get my coat

Blackcurramts need good rich comditions.  They are greedy.  After fruiting mine are given a good,feed,of fish blood and bone to encourage plenty,of new growth and then a potash feed in late spring.  Not too sure if they will like growing in a pot though.  Red currants,gooseberries etc are not so hungry I think.  Are you growing all your currants in pots then MMP?


Posted: 22/06/2013 at 18:13

Belle Etoile is only "common" because it's popular.   Fairygirl, I think it does have best scent.

New gardening programme

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 18:09

New gardening programme on Tuesday's Itv at 8pm with Alan Titchmarsh.  Love your garden ...on for an hour


Posted: 22/06/2013 at 16:12

Well clearly,have green fingers.  It's funny though because I often "break the rules" about planting and often it pays off.  Yes please, more pics would be appreciated.  

You have encouraged me to try again Dolly


Posted: 22/06/2013 at 16:08

Klink, it's because that's the family they are part of.  Fairygirl I agree about Manteau d'Hermine.....I rejected that one few years back for,that reason.  In the GC last week the new variety.....forget the name....had no scent at all but the flowers were much bigger.

I have belle Etoile just coming out and it makes lawn mowing an absolute joy when it's flowering.  The scent fills the air

Plant name

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 16:02

Ok tease me why don't you

Potentilla Elizabeth is one of my fav Potentillas, that's all and it is bit distinctive.  I find it's the longest flowering of the lot and the flowers are such a gentle but not too pale yellow.  Almost like the butter I love to smother my huge slices of,wholemeal with.  Did you know I am a greedy so and so???


Posted: 22/06/2013 at 15:56

Robbie not want ericaceous compost.  Before ??ou plant have you tested your soil?  Blueberries need very acid soil....prob 5.5 or so.  Alkaline soil will kill them as will the mpc.  They need to spaced well apart, at least 4', not too near your fence but  dont need supports.  If your soil is not right...a soil tester is cheap and easy to use....then put in decent size pots and use ericaceous compost.  You can get ericaceous compost or ericaceous soil....the "soil" is best as,it will sustain your plant better and longer.  Sorry, but best to,get it right start the start

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