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shady veg plot

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 20:40

I think you are going to have to work with what you have rather than try and fight it. Several things would be happy in shade - raspberries, blackcurrants, red currants, strawberries, gooseberries  - and rhubarb  - will all do well.

Persicaria Red Dragon

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:24

Red Dragon is subject to plant breeder's rights and I can only find a short variety in any catalogue. Are you certain that it was a Red Dragon?

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:17

We once had  a pot containing a buddleia in our front garden. Of course, they put their roots down for miles and they had gone right through the hole in the bottom and into the earth.

One bloke thought he'd pop it on the back of his flatbed lorry and drive off. His face as he tried to lift it, found it impossibly heavy, couldn't understand why, tried again and failed, looked up and saw me laughing at him was a picture.

Clematis Polish Spirit

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 12:30

Hello happy, 

I don't think you would damage the lilac buds but I think you would find that the Polish Spirit was a bit too boisterous and you would get bored with all the disentangling that you would have to keep doing. Our neighbour cut theirs down to ground level in the spring and it is currently densely covering a 6 x6 fence panel, and more, to a thickness of about 2 feet. A beautiful plant, covered in flowers for months, but a bit of a lad.

Twisted Yellow Thing

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 10:38

A shame it wasn't Clavuliopsis corniculata as you could have made it into an interesting omelette. All the others are inedible, unfortunately.

Love the cyclamen seedheads. They would make a beautiful brooch.

Twisted Yellow Thing

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 21:31

More fungi to consider:

Clavulinopsis fusiformis

Clavulinopsis helvola

Clavulinopsis corniculata

Twisted Yellow Thing

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 21:24

Hello maryplain, sorry to hear about the vet. Always stressful.

Could your mystery objects be Cordyceps militaris, a fungus that grows on buried butterfly, moth and insect pupae?

Rose - Two tone green leaves

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 18:17

Have any of them been overlapping and blocking sunlight from parts of the leaves underneath?

Whatever it is, if the rose has been doing well over the summer it doesn't sound as if it is going to cause it too much harm.

Wait and see if it happens again next spring?

Talkback: Geranium 'Bill Wallis'

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 23:33

I think it comes into the category of "be careful what you wish for" plants. Like oriental poppies and forgetmenots.

Still, I suppose if you have a spot where nothing else will grow, Bill Wallis is the man to fill it.

Btw, are you from north America or do you really grow it in a yard? It would be tough enough I suppose.

Chilean bell flower

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 23:21

Hello Rosie, did the flowers produce seeds? If so, you can plant them in the spring after soaking them for a couple of days in water and you will get new plants from them.

If not, then you are going to have to find a way of keeping the plant in a place that never freezes. It will need to be kept quite dry in a pot somewhere in the house. While it is in the pot you could try pinning one of the stems down into the compost and a new plant may take root from that.

Or, if you have a friend with a greenhouse, you could beg a space for your pot plant in there maybe, with the promise of an offshoot next spring.

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