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ID please

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 17:49

If you are referring to the large leaved plant making up most of the photo, then that is Acanthus mollis (bears' breeches).

White flowering shrub ID please

Posted: 15/07/2015 at 00:44

Many thanks yarrow2.  Itea virginica certainly seems to fit the bill ~ I have never heard of / come across this plant before but really appreciate your swift response.

White flowering shrub ID please

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 23:11


Again, from my new garden, any help in identifying this white flowered shrub would be appreciated.  Currently, it is about 1m high and, during the winter, its leaves were rather red.  Thanks in advance!

Fluffy white stuff on my crab apple and wilted leaves - help!

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 01:16

Definitely woolly aphid!  Have a look at the RHS link below which suggests different methods of control (both biological & chemical)

Plant DNA

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 01:09

I would agree with all of the above in that you will never get a female plant from cuttings of a male plant.  One exception would be in the case of variegated plants which have arisen because of a mutation in the plant's DNA.  Breeders then propagate these from cuttings to produce identical plants with variegated leaves.  However, sometimes, "reversion" occurs which means that some shoots of the plant turn all green again.  This is because (it is thought) some of these mutations are unstable and just one part of the plant becomes affected.  In effect, therefore, you will have a single plant which has different DNA in different parts!  Typically, if you do not cut out all the green shoots, the whole plant reverts back to normal as the leaves / shoots with more chlorophyll will grow faster and out compete the variegated ones.  Hope all that makes sense!

Favorite lavenders and other strongly scented plants

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 22:11

Can I suggest Philadelphus "Belle Etoile" which has heavily scented white flowers with a maroon/purple throat.  Also, for winter flowers on bare stems, try Chimonanthus fragrans (winter sweet). It takes a while to get established but the scent is worth the wait!  Final suggestion is winter flowering honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) which also flowers early in the year with a delightful scent.

Plant id help please

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 02:01

Many thanks for all your suggestions.  Will wait a while and see what happens!

Problem with black bamboo

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 00:56

I have to agree that this is definitely not bamboo.  Bamboos are monocots which means that they have parallel leaf veins (along with grasses, tulips, lilies etc.).  This plant has leaves with a central midrib and branching veins confirming that it is a dicot.  To me, it looks like some form of dock, sorrel or another member of the Rumex genus.

Plant id help please

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 16:09


Could somebody please help to identify this.  It is in a new garden so unsure as to whether it is a weed or not. Many thanks.

Plant ID help please

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 00:34

I personally don't (living in the wilds of Derbyshire!) but my friend's garden is in NW London.  The leaves don't seem quite right for an Abutilon, being more mallow like, but thanks for the suggestion.

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White flowering shrub ID please

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Plant id help please

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Plant ID help please

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