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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 00:01



My first blooms on this rose 'Claire Austin'.  I'm hoping we'll get sun soon as I don't want the roses to be washed out in the same way the peonies have been!


And the indulgence of Mr Ratty in the top photo - whom I can't photograph clearly while he's standing on the gravel because the blasted gravel (which looks bleached white in every photo but is three colours) knocks out the white balance and I don't know how to adjust the camera to ignore the gravel!



ID Please

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 23:40



This seedling appeared a couple of weeks ago.  I'm wondering if it's a herb - maybe a basil - I sowed seeds in this patch last year but before they had all come up, I decided to plant something else.  This lone plant has appeared.  If you rub the leaves, they do have a herby smell but not clearly identifiable.   Does this look as if it could indeed be a basil?  I'm reluctant to pull it as it seems to be happily growing.  And I'm a sucker for something which seems to have found a place for itself and seems to want to be there!  (The nettle like flowers are actually lilac - I'm struggling with the manual settings on this bridge camera and as it was dull I tried to compensate with the lighting - but made a mess of it from the colour point of view).  The plant is 5" high .




Centranthus ruber

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 23:16



Bought and planted two young Centrathus ruber (or rubra?) plants in May.  So far, they are very thin-stemmed, don't seem to fill out at all and the flowers appear for a few days and die off.  This may be what they are supposed to be like as young plants, but I had expected a bit of a change or show of strength by now.

Can anyone tell me if this is just what they will naturally be like in the first year, being so young?  I haven't supported them and perhaps should have to stop the stems bending into non-upright shapes.

Any advice would be grateful.  I had read they do well in dry soil (I have clay with manure dug in) so perhaps they hate my soil and are rebelling!?


I.D. Please

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 23:06



Hi everyone.  I have a tiny area where I sowed seeds.  The recognisable ones in this patch are Emilia Irish Poet, Scarlet Flax, California Poppy.  The Tall Blue Cornflowers seem to have evaporated as have the Nigella!  Too many seeds planted too close together.

However, 4 of these large things have appeared - in a row.  The fact they are in a row has made me hesitate to pull them out as weeds.  In the photo you can see a little cluster of buds on one of these plants.

Can anyone identify this for me please?  I will of course chew my chin if they are indeed a really nasty weed.  I did sow large red poppy's which don't seem to have appeared - is there any possibility these could be giant wild poppies?  They don't look like any I've experienced before.  You can tell I don't want to accept they are likely weeds.  It's the big prominent leaved plant.

There ARE two oriental poppies directly behind this plant - they are there intentionally.  The one with the discoloured leaves yellow and green and one with black tipped damaged leaves.   I moved them in the Spring and shouldn't have so they are the to recover in the hope they will grow normally again next year.

Many thanks.

Impatiens - outdoors

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 21:47

Verdun - you are a gem.  Thanks for the words of encouragement.  I will aim for my partial shade space and check their moisture regularly.  I'd like to try cuttings as well.

Thank you so much. 

Rose blooms

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 21:42

Dave Morgan:  Hi.  Read your comment about feeding every 4-6 weeks.  I have roses in containers for the first time.  Planted a month ago at which time I gave each a handful of rose feed.  The instructions I had were not to feed them again until Spring.  But every website I look at, most people seem to regularly feed them through the summer.  Can you advise me what you feed them with every 4-6 weeks and if you think feeding on top of the advised handful of rose feed when put in the container needs topped up by another feed (i.e. whatever you use) or whether I should feed them with another sprinkling of the granular rose feed?

Many thanks.

Plant identification please

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 20:51

It's the same shape as Rhod. 'Pink Pancake' but the leaves are entirely different.  I'm never sure if azaleas are a certain type of rhododendron.  It's lovely whatever it is.

What Is This?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 20:37

Looks like sap from your tree affected by a bacterial canker.  Is it a fruit tree?  To be honest I looked this up in a book I have about trees - I have no experience of it.  In the book the weeping of the sap looked exactly like your blobs and the diagnosis of the tree photographed with the blobs listed it as bacterial canker.    Sure somebody else will come up with something for informative and accurate.

Impatiens - outdoors

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 20:27


Hi everyone.  I've always steered clear of impatiens since a few died on me when I planted them in pots a few years ago.  No idea what I did.

However, saw 4 beautiful red plants today and couldn't resist.  Intend either planting them or housing them in pots in dappled shade.  I would like to have success with them this time so am asking advice on:  best soil conditions, do they have to be in shade or can they survive in sun for 5 hours and then shade the rest of the day?  Can they be planted in an area where I have just dug in shop bought bag of manure soil improver or is that likely to be too strong to plant anything in?

Any advice on how you deal with impatiens would be grate.  It was a whim buy due to the lovely colour...and I'm not feeling brave about them surviving with me.  I see others in gardens or in containers and they look wonderful.  But I have a nervous 'thing' about never having had success with them and keeping them alive!

Thanks everyone.

Clematis Rebecca died suddenly after planting

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 00:27

Hi Viswalingham.   It looks as if you still have the green cane tie around the bottom of your Rebecca holding all the stems still together.  It might help if you cut that gently off and spread your stems outwards like a fan to separate them - the stems may be strangling each other.  Would also be a good idea if you have some kind of wire attached horizontally to your fence so that the stems can be attached to so that it knows it has somewhere to go, reach out for and attach or be gently tied to. 

As the others have said, you need to have something in front of it at ground level to keep the bottom few inches of the stems in the shade as they come out of the ground.  It hates heat at the roots.  And a good couple of cans of water might pep it up.  It may be that the stems are too close to each other and winding around each other so I'd get the green plastic cane tie off and spread em out - but they need something to climb up and attach to.  Once they reach the top of the cane there's nowhere for them to go.

The leaves are green and there are nice buds so I don't think it has wilt. I'm wondering if it is just strangling itself with all the stems together.   Also wondering about the gravel around it - could dust from the gravel be leaching into the soil. 

I bought Rebecca last year so mine is still young.  I have it attached to quite a thin section of trellis nailed to the wall facing west.  It's in a pot though and the pot is also inside an old wooden box which I used to use to stand plants on next to the back door.  So the roots and first few inches of stem are kept cool and dark.  Last year it was in full sun and hated it - but it was scarlet red.  This year it has sun for half of the day and is more a claret colour.  I give the pot a can of water every three or four days - depending on the weather.  I don't want it sitting soaked, just kept moist.  And until it bloomed I fed it just with liquid feed every couple of weeks.   It's only it's second year so not a huge amount of blooms and the first are going over now.  But I see some tiny budlets coming here and there so may get more.

Be brave.  I made a mess planting mine last year in full sun and only had two flowers and that was it.  I'd never done clematis before - and sometimes courage pays dividends.  I'm sure you will solve your problem.  Go for it.



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