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Is this a fuchsia...or

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 00:14

Thanks for the replies nodlisab and Hortum-create. 

I looked up the leucothoe and seems right to me.  I think I'll keep it potted for a while - read it's a slow grower.  Then again, it may progress better in the ground?  If it is leucothoe I have the ideal place for it and am quite excited about the prospect of seeing if I can keep it well with this in mind.

Thank you.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 00:07

 Simple tiny things but I've gone all gooey over the little red mini petunias this year with probably too many of them in pots and baskets.  Just love them though.

White osteospermum I love because in my garden they have been as tough as old boots.  I have two little baskets tied to railings which have been there with the osteos in for 4 years through all weathers.  I'm hoping the baskets will survive another couple of years until I can find the same ones again.  Laziness not to take them indoors every year.  But I love how the osteospermum come up like this from being outdoors all year.  A quick chop in March down to a couple of inches and up they come again every time.  Great low maintenance and cheery little things.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 00:02

 Gone all traditional at the back door bit.

Kilmarnock Willow

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 00:00

 My Kilmarnock Willow which is very young and planted in a large tub had no catkins this Spring and several of the branches have not come up with any foliage at all.

Now I can see what you see in the above photos.  I don't know if the little orange fly thing has anything to do with the damage.

Does anyone know if I can rectify this at all.  The leaves on the foliaged branches are all like this.

Briza media

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 23:57




 My Briza Media stalks are all like this.  Surely this can't be rain damage and has to be flies, beasties of some kind..??

I've never cut the stalks on my Briza but feel like cutting them all at the bottom...but wondering if new ones will actually grow.  There are hardly any stalks this year.

Any advice?  Many thanks.

Is this a fuchsia...or

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 01:58

 Someone was throwing this away and gave it to me.  At first I thought it would be a fuchsia but it's very shiny and looks very tender so I'm not sure.  Does anyone know? 

Round Robin

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 01:38

You are so lucky to have these.  What great photos.  Will you keep posting as they mature?  Would be really good to see their progress. Or do they just fly off and disappear fairly soon after this stage?

Seedlings ID

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 01:29


End of last summer I had a packet of annual flower seeds left and as it had rained and rained I was fed up and literally threw the seeds onto a patch of a border.  There was no sign of anything for the rest of the year as it was really late in the year.

Now, for the past four weeks, there are these large and growing seedlings all along the front of the border.  At least I think it must be as they are pretty much in a regular straight line.  I haven't thinned them out because I haven't a clue what they are and there are no stem shoots as yet.  I cannot for the life of me remember what the seed packet was.

Does anybody recognise them?  Difficult when there isn't any real tell tale feature unless someone is hot on recognising foliage only.  They could of course be a weed but I think they're in too regular a line to be a weed.  But I'm not sure.

Any guesses?  I had so many packets of seeds last year that I just can't put my finger on anything likely. A simple calendula comes to mind but maybe not. The little blue flowers in between some are the remains of aubretia.  These seedlings range from abut 6" to 8" high.

Many thanks.

Talkback: Garden pests

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 00:35


Hester...I sympathise.  I only have a small flower garden but it seems to be infested with many beasties and flies and allsorts this year that I'm losing a lot of my favourites.

I can't do that clever thing some of you do when you post a few photos and put text underneath them.

The top pic is oriental poppy leaf...whatever this is it has spread from the Astrantia major which sits behind the poppies.  The Astrantia always come up like this but this is the first time it has spread from them to any other plant.

My lovely Kilmarnock Willow has yellow stuff on all the leaves which is into the leaves and they are peppered yellow under each leaf.   I've lost 5 roses as every single bud comes up with the top eaten and inside is rotten.  My two peonies which I'd thought were a surefire hard won success from transplanting came up with buds.  All are completely rotten through with brown goo inside them, then the stems went brown and I cut them all off.  So I think I will have to uproot and throw the plants out.  I had 9 geums of different varieties which always bloomed beautifully in the spring.  Only 4 of the original ones (have two new ones) have come up.  Loads of lush foliage - not a single flower - and they were my best little 'display' area which gave me a thrill every year.   My Aucuba (spotted laurels) have always been really healthy and were in the Spring.  Two weeks ago the stems all started to lean outwards as if falling, leaves are varying shades of yellow, then black and I'm going to have to dig them out as well.  My Briza Media, another favourite, have thrown up the usual stalks but the lovely tinkling little bits which make them so beautiful are all in shreds, like hanging threads.  I could go on.  I've lost lots of my perennials this last couple of weeks and I'm concerned that it might be something to do with a soil improver compost I put all over the garden in early spring OR it's just the thousands of beasties of all kinds I've never seen before which seem to have decended on mass.

So I know how you feel!  Chin up! 

What to do?

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 00:17

Thanks bekkie...good info on the growth timescale for a couple of years.

Ah it hasn't been planted.  Was given it yesterday and believe it was bought on very cheap offer from Asda and apparently they have loads of them sitting around with a plastic bag type thing around the roots.  I think they have been in the shop for some time.   It was evening when it came my way and I thought that if it had been sitting around in the shop for some time like this, that it must just hold on somehow until it's planted!!!!!!!  So being in this plastic bag thing might mean it's not bare root?  I know nothing about trees,.

To be honest, I can't find a place for a tree of any sort in the garden and if I'm to try and plant it and come what may...I'm going to have to remove quite a lot of things to make room for it.

Oh dear! 



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