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Plant in pot leftover from last year - identify?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 18:51

Pam - that's good news.  I'm having a vague memory that when I bought them as plugs, the leaves probably did have that tinge of dark purple/black to them until they grew on.  It doesn't smudge or come off on my fingers or wipe off so it must be natural - I think!   I'll certainly try cuttings. They were such a wonderful colour - especially after rain.  When in bloom they withstood weeks of showers.  Thanks so much. 

Plant in pot leftover from last year - identify?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 18:44

Janet 4 - apologies, forgot to say leaves don't smell.  I love Antirrhinums as well.  Have left some in from last year but they're pretty straggly and not sure if they'll come to anything.  But loved the vibrant colours so much just couldn't dig up and throw away.

Plant in pot leftover from last year - identify?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 18:38

Thanks Janet4, Pam and marshmello - I think it has to be a Petunia.  I did have Surfinia 'Purple Wave' last year.  You can see I'd snapped off some of the stems at some point - must have concluded the plant was done-in after winter wet.  And now it's growing.  Do you think it would be sensible to try and take cuttings from this?  Although, somebody told me that these Petunias are supposed to be annuals only and that it's either difficult or a forlorn hope to try and propagate them.

Thanks so much for responding.  Petunia is the only thing it can be I think.  I'd put the pot in the 'rubbish' corner so must have assumed it had ceased to be!

Further advice would be great if anyone has time.  Thanks again.


Help identifying plants.

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 17:39

Yes figrat - that's the one I was thinking of..  Peace Lily - Spathiphyllum wallisii.  The one I had - didn't realise it was a house plant supposed to grow in around 60-85 degrees or something.  I left it outside!!!!  Oops!  I thought the photo of No 3 looked like a younger plant.

Help identifying plants.

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 17:25

No. 3 looks like a bit like a houseplant I had which died on me through neglect..  I never knew the name but it was a familiar popular one.  The flower is on a tall stem and is white - like a giant Cuckoo Pint thing but exotic.   The leaves look very similar.

Plant in pot leftover from last year - identify?

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 03:13

These plants are in separate small pots standing next to each other.  The little pink flowers on the bottom plant are Nemesia 'Amelie' which have bloomed (though now poorly) for the past 3 years - don't feel I can throw away if it still blooms no matter how weakly.   I've left it in the picture to give you a perspective of size to the plant above it.   The top plant with the black patches on the leaves is a mystery to me.  I don't remember it last year and I don't remember any plant with black patches.  No idea if it's meant to have the black patches or if something has gone wrong somewhere!     Does anyone know what it is?   It has three strong looking woody-type stems about 8" high which have the same amount of foliage high up the stem - but it looks as if it was more bushy in it's original state.  Maybe it was meant to be an annual but just don't remember it.  Not sure whether to keep it or get rid.  Does it look like a tiny fuchsia?

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 15:40

Gordon.  Yes.  My seedlings (masses of them) are not producing roots and are showing hardly any growth at all over a month.  I've lost a lot.  Some of the potted-on seedlings in the same compost are also doing badly.   

When I opened the bag of Multi-P, it wasn't the usual nice dark moist mix.  It was more rusty and brown.  Because I don't usually buy this specific bag, I assumed it was how their compost was meant to be.  But I have my doubts.  My seedlings are in the same conditions they were last year - but with different compost - so the only thing I can think of which is different this time around is the compost.  I assumed it was something I was doing, or my water.   Everything sown outside is absolutely fine.


Posted: 12/04/2012 at 21:11

Lovely Happymarion.  Isn't it a great feeling at the end of a day in the garden to just look up and wonder and think how lucky we are to see nature's natural work - for free!

Scottish Clematis

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 20:40


Thanks for the compliment on the photo.  It is a lovely clematis and was a surprise to me as I bought it at B&Q on a whim, wasn't planted until May, had no feeding and I just let it clamber up garden wire attached to a west-facing wall.   I'd never tried a climber before, knew nothing about Clematis and in case it didn't do much, I planted a deep pink sweet pea beside it which grew through it.  By August it was seven feet up my wall and blooming happily - even through the prolonged rain we seemed to have the entire summer.   The sweet pea didn't last long in the continual showers but the Polish Spirit just bloomed and bloomed right through to November.  However, I'm in the town surrounded by tall buildings so there is some shelter, albeit the winds are bi-directional and harsh to the extent most plants end up bending in one direction.

What I didn't realise was that I ought to have let the stems come back down again.  Not knowing this, I hadn't controlled where it was going and many of the blooms ended up high with less lower down at eye level.  It survived the freezing temperatures over the winter, was replanted due to drain flood and quickly planted in the nearest bed just to have somewhere to put it.  When the weather became reasonable during the sudden odd warm week in February, I cut it down to about a foot stem length and re-planted it.  It has now grown 4-5 foot up the wall again.  It is a beauty.  But it was my first clematis experiment and I'm so glad I tried it and chose this specific one for it's particular colour.    It was a trick getting a photograph on a non-rainy day last year and the later flowering sweet peas turned pale instead of deep pink.   Let's hope we have a better time this year!!!  I'm sure yours will also be successful and will turn out better than you could imagine.

2 year-old Choisya ternata

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 19:08

Sorry to be so lengthy and to return again.  For clarity, the 4 neighbouring plants mentioned in my above post thrive - but the others Phygelius and can't remember the names of another 2, all had very little left of the roots and similar leaf damage as in the original photograph.  About 40 bulbs which were beautiful last year - have not appeared but I wouldn't know if this is relative to the Choisya culprits.

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