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Fuchsia ID please

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 18:19

Tom Thumb maybe?


Posted: 02/06/2014 at 17:36

Wow indeed.  They are standing so perfectly upright and straight as well.  Gorgeous.  How on earth do you achieve that?  I have to stake mine.

Plant ID and bug info

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 11:11

Har har Steve, I remember them!

Plant ID and bug info

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 10:49

Thanks Dave.  I wondered if it was a very very young Sundance.  The stem is very frail and juicy so I'll have to be careful re-potting as it looks as if the top heavy foliage is in danger of snapping and come away from the roots. 

Thanks for comment on the bug nutcutlet.  It's stunningly bright and was absolutely still for a very long time.  I'd never seen one before but I was desperate to get it away from my only chance of having a couple of peony flowers this year.  Then again, it might be best for the peony if I'd chopped the buds off this year and let it not flower until next year. 

Ideas for a very shady difficult area.

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 10:44

I agree with Dave M.  What's in the ground there might be a problem even for woodland type plants which thrive in shade if there's all kinds of stone and dry poor soil with dusty soil coming up and a really hard surface.  Woodland and shade loving plants can be so easy if the ground is naturally rich with organic matter but if it's rock hard and has nothing good to feed them in there - you may have to work a bit more on the ground to provide moisture and nutrition.  If however you have some decent ready to plant areas just web search shade loving and woodland plants for dry shade and moist shade, depending on what you have and you'll get good advice on what copes with thick tree canopies above or thinner canopies.

You have a challenge here but a great opportunity to make an enviously  fantastic space look fabulous with plants which would grow really quickly and cover the area quickly if you have enough decent stuff in the ground to support them.  Do a web search and you'll be amazed at the huge range of fabulous plants and shrubs which can survive what seem like difficult conditions at the moment.

The preparation will pay off big time!


Metal trellis?

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 10:33

Steve J - B&Q up here in Scotland have nice decorative metal trellis sections and I'm assuming they will be available in any B&Q.  Have a look online.  Otherwise, I don't know if you have a local Gumtree website where people in the local area sell things.  Up here there seems to be loads of people selling decorative trellis sections when doing house clearing etc so you might find something really cheaply if you seek these websites out.  House clearing demolition and builders yards quite often have some of these things lying around and sometimes just want them taken away.

Plant ID and bug info

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 10:24




I have been gifted a number of leftover plants from a lovely local business and I didn't ask what this particular one is.  Can anyone id it for me?   I'll have to re-pot it quickly as it's very weak where the stalk meets the roots so I'm not entirely sure it's going to survive well whatever it is.  When you crush a leaf it has a smell but I'm not able to describe it.  May just be a leaf smell.  The weight of the foliage is causing the stem a bit of stress so I'll need to pot it deeper up the stem.  The stem itself has a similar frailty to a  begonia stem and not a robust shrub like stem at the moment.  Maybe it will change?



Also, this morning found this bug which I found on a web search to be a Green Shield Bug.  I'm assuming it's the most common Green Shield Bug and not the one described as recently coming over from other European countries.  I found the cheeky thing on one of two buds which luckily have appeared on a transplanted peony which I was really pleased actually took off and produced two buds this year.  (Blimey they take weeks to swell and open - still waiting).  This bug was not for moving and it took several finger flicks to ping it away.  It does seem to have broken through the bud and made a huge hole in a leaf directly below it.  It's an interesting looking bug but I'm assuming it's one of the bad guys?


(I haven't figured out how to put text underneath a photo instead of the text appearing underneath both pictures).

Thanks for any comments.

Begonia puzzle!

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:24

My uneducated guess is the left one would hang!

last night's GW

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 01:25

Maybe the editor snipped out the wrong portion.

The challenges of a smaller than average garden

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 01:23

Hi Sweetpea.  I was thinking of a metal obelisk on your grass pushed into it.  Not concrete.      When I was totally skint, I did some mad things I suppose.  I used one of those old card tables (like the grandfolks used to have).  Found one near the rubbish bins.  Took the table centre out, they used to have a baize covering, and screwed in wire hanging baskets.  So I had trailing plants coming out from the underside of the table and had little pots on the top surround of the table.  Yes, I was desperate at the time to use anything which could house plants.  And, it could be moved around and the baskets taken off, folded up and put away taking up little space.  Of necessity, I was a real cheapskate in those days.

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