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Posted: 27/06/2012 at 00:27

Hi everybody.  Question about this Aruncus.  Bought it in a small pot Spring 2011 - it produced one flowering stalk in June which died and that was it for the year.  Transplanted it in September 2011, it disappeared underground for the winter and appeared in March 2012 at which time I mulched with leafmould and it has grown at least 4 times bigger that it originally was.  The flower spikes have been showing since April/May and were light green/cream, soft and looked healthy.  Now, many of them on the right side (looking at the pic) have turned brown and are brittle.  Does this mean that the spikes are dying?  They look too brittle to produce the creamy white flowers.  What do you think?

 A fern has grown up from under it as well.  I didn't want to remove the fern as I'd have to lift the Aruncus (I'm assuming it's Aruncus!). Could the fern be causing it a problem?  The soil is  heavy-ish clay mixed with leafmould and it was mulched with leafmould which I'm told suits Aruncus.   

Identify plant

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 21:26

Alina and gardening fanatic:  thanks very much for that.  Yes 'fanatic' - I googled Siberian wallflower so sure you are right.  As you say - it is gorgeous and I'm amazed at the scent.  My old 'Bowles Mauve' has no scent at all.  I'll need to take this Siberian from it's tiny pot and plant it more considerately.  Would be fantastic to get seeds from it.  Really grateful for the identification and glad I asked the question as I thought it would be just a little annual from last year's seed packet and might have just thrown it out. 

Identify plant

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 16:02

Sorry if this thread repeats itself.  Typed it already and then lost it.  My fault not the site.

Last year I sowed a packet of seeds labelled as 'Fast flowers' - supposedly would grow and flower in 6-weeks.  Sowed them in a few small pots, stood them in a row and a mixture of cornflowers and tall white flowers came up which look similar to white alyssum.  Left the pots outside and the last few weeks the tall white alyssum looking flowers have come up again and these yellow flowers.  They are perfumed and about 15"/35cm high.  Will have to stake them as blowing a gale now but - are they a garden flower, a wildflower or a weed?  They sort of resemble wallflower and the perfume is lovely.  The stems are soft at this point and mis-shapen because I didn't notice them until the yellow flowers appeared.  Can anyone tell me what they are?  Many thanks.


Cistus Snowfire

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 19:28

Hi Dovefromabove:  first flower appeared in the rain this morning.


Hydrangea macrophylla

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 22:53

Hello everybody.  Can anyone tell me what the marks on the leaves of my young hydrangea macrophylla are/mean?  They look scorched.  Thank you.


Is it wild phlox?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 02:27

Robot:  I found one of these in the garden and didn't notice the similarity until the flowers appeared.  I thought it was a weed and cut down a big bunch of it.  It has the leaves like yours.  Wish I hadn't cut down the bunch now.


Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety'

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 02:08

Hi Berghill.  I think I've spotted a Blazing Sunset in someone else's garden.  It's very striking.  However, I went a bit mad with 'reds' of all kinds last year and decided to tone things down this year - hence the subtle 'Leonard's Variety' and 'Lemon Drops'.  BUT - I weakened with a couple of Prinses Julianna - bright sharp orange.  In the Spring they looked good surrounded by bluebells but now the bluebells are gone it's pretty bare around them.  So I have Cornflower seedlings growing around them now and am trying to build up a collection of Geranium 'Wargrave Pink' to also put amongst them.  .Maybe sounds a bid of a sickly colour choice, but in the early evening sunlight they look lovely.  When I bought the 'orange' - don't know what the proper name is, wasn't on the pot - I was told because of the bright colour that they are difficult to place - and can understand that as they surely are BRIGHT from a great distance!

The camera has a difficult time taking the true colour - but this is pretty much it. Tempting to wear sunglasses around them.  But glad I got them.  They brightened up things in the Spring and have their place now.

My favourites were the 'Lemon Drops'.  You hardly noticed them on a dull day but when late afternoon sun hit them - they were magical.  Like little yellow fairy lights not of this world.

Think I've breathed in too much of the calcified seaweed mulch today!   Getting all poetic over the plants.


Candelabra Primulas.

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 10:02

Greenshoot and weejenny:  did you see the Gardener's World 27th April programme? They visited RHS Harrow  primula specialist and the chap gave details on how they germinate.   The programme is maybe still on the website.  Was interesting and made me want to try this as well.

Cabbage 'Greyhound'

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 00:45

Hi Dovefromabove.   I suppose the weather could be just as much a factor as anything else.  Week ago we had a couple of days of high temps. from mid-day and it's be little other than rain ever since - and it's continual rain all day every day.  Yes, giving something else a try makes sense if there isn't some bug infestation under where the cabbage where.  If that were the case I'm thinking that maybe the beetroot would have showed flagging signs as well though.  I'm still unsure about the beetroot.  It's taking a beating in the rain so haven't had a close look today.

Oh yes - luck seems to be what I'd need with anything other than flowers at the moment.  My veg. attempts have been hysterical to an extent so far - hysterical in the funny laughter sense - not the other.  An example - take a look at the chives I started off in a little pot on the windowsill.  Started off ok and then this great big thing appeared.  Maybe the birds around the birdtable are dropping off the occasional seed.  You have to laugh!  Any idea what the tall weed-like intruder is?

I left it out of curiosity. 



New roses for old

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 00:22

Paul N:  Many thanks for the reply and advice.  Where it is possible I will be attempting to save what I can by probably moving one or two. 

Naki:  think you should know I'm not a 'he' but a 'she' - and Paul N. - to inject more humour  - the last 2 oldies I dug up were a three-hour solitary battle which involved ripping up those roots which had worked their way under that little stone wall to the garden next door.  Some time later, whilst pondering the advantages of 'Deep Heat' versus it's not so jolly aroma - I could almost bend down far enough to clearly study 2 foot lengths of root in detail knowing full well there will still 'remains' in the ground which I had to 'fight' another day.  For one, I was reduced to using an electric saw!  But that is the one I now regret as it was in the front garden, had beautiful blooms but was 8 foot high, with a 2" thick stem - had beautiful blooms, but was intruding on the public pavement and another garden.  Half of the root is still in the ground as it was completely under a wall and considered unsafe etc.

This one I will always regret.  I don't know what it was - but wondered if it was 'Masquerade'.  And sacrilege - I didn't have time to take cuttings.



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