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Mystery plant- friend or foe? Eat or not?

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 11:50

My wild flower 'bible' is the Pocket Guide to Wild Flowers, Mcclintock & Fitter, 1969 Edition!!  Sort of thing you might pick up in a charity shop or car boot sale. It has line drawings and good detailed descriptions.  I don't find books with photos of wild plants are very good.

Communal garden - council keeps destroying our plants

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 01:17

If it is a communal garden, not a lot.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 14:48

When you dig out the plant you can cut it right back, it will sprout again when you re-plant it. Keep it safe in a pot until then.

But by all means take cuttings as a fail safe.

Wobbly pepper

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 11:26

Are the pots full of roots?  Do the plants need potting-on?  It sounds as though support is required.

Mystery plant- friend or foe? Eat or not?

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 11:16

I think you are muddling your nightshades.  What you are describing is woody nightshade or bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara).  The deadly variety (Atropa bella-donna) is not all that common and always grows on chalk. I have only seen it once, on chalk, many years ago, whereas woody nightshade is rampant and has bright red berries.

In days gone by ladies used to put drops of a preperation made from the plant (the berries, I suppose) in their eyes to dilate them, hence the name bella-donna.  Not to be recommended.

Perhaps you could ask for a good flower book for Christmas

Red and white currants....

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 11:02

Annoyingly the whole strig won't ripen at the same time.  When the berries nearest the branch start to fall off as they are fully ripe, spend a happy interlude going over the bush and picking off the ripe ones.  Do it again a few days later.

If the berries are for jelly, you can pick them all.  Red currants are never short of pectin but the unripe berries will supply it in spades.  So much so that redcurrant jelly often sets in the saucepan.  The juice can lso be used to beef up the pectin for making jam with deficient fruits like strawberries.

Yellow leaves falling off my ornamental fruit tree (Cherry blossom)

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 17:50

Do not spray unless you know precisely what you are spraying for.  If you don't know what is wrong, if anything, the spray will make no difference.

Plant Identification

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 12:05

Are they primulas?  The leaves look like something else, though.  Nice plants.

More help please

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 12:02

I think we need close up photos.  In the meantime, crush some leaves of each and that will tell you what they are.

Mystery plant- friend or foe? Eat or not?

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 15:40

Same family as chillies, potatoes, tomatoes.  Definitely do not eat.

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