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Plant Labels

Posted: 06/04/2012 at 10:20

I use cheap supermarket packets of plastic coloured drinking straws and write on them with a plant label pen or permanent marker.  They're fiddly to write on but there's no fading and can be cut to any size.  I use  them mostly for seed pots and trays and I can colour-code the different types of seedlings and spot what I'm looking for quickly.  Then when that's done I can hang them on string above veg seedlings or flower seedlings and it keeps the birds away.   The green coloured ones are great for labelling established plants - you hardly notice them because they're green !!!I  and I just thread string up through the straw and tie it to the plant stem. 

Old shrubs

Posted: 06/04/2012 at 09:59

Kate, couple of years ago I had 2 Forest Flame which had been in a small front garden for 2 years.  The second year they both started to droop and the leaves were discoloured.  I dug both up, left them in a bucket of water for a couple of hours and transplanted them in the back garden with a handful of bonemeal mixed in.  The new site had deeper soil and it had added rough garden compost.  I gave both a good watering once transplanted. They both sulked and drooped for about a month and then took on a new life and have been doing really well ever since.    There's another thread where someone asks about feeding them but no responses on that as yet I think which would be good to know.   I hope you get some expert advice because they are such lovely plants.    Sorry this doesn't directly answer your question but would be interested to hear what the experts think.


Posted: 05/04/2012 at 15:01

Tony I wonder the same thing about feeding Pieris.  One of my Forest Flame has produced white umbels this year for the first time.  I had to transplant it into this garden a couple of years ago and the first year no umbels and it took a while to adjust to it's new position.  Early this year I mulched with leafmould for the first time and I'm not sure if this contributed to it producing the white flowers for the first time.  Maybe it just finally adjusted to being where it was transplanted.  Would be good to know about feeding.  I've always been too scared to feed it in case I gave it something it didn't like!

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Posted: 03/04/2012 at 21:14

Bought this Star Jasmine 2011 from garden centre.  Is planted in soil PH 6-7. North-facing light shaded corner but small garden surrounded by high flats so well sheltered and in late spring and summer gets warmth from mid-day to late afternoon.  Put on good growth last year (I think? - was only 1 foot high when bought) but since September leaves have had these yellow markings.  Thinking it was nutrient prob. in last week's warm weather  I  forked in fish, blood and bone and watered well.  Perhaps this wasn't the right thing to try.   Can anyone tell me where I have gone wrong with this and if/how I can help this plant along this spring?  Many thanks for any advice.

First Time Gardener Help!

Posted: 03/04/2012 at 19:23

Beautiful garden.  I'm a beginner but you have a couple which look like plants in my garden.

0590 looks like one of the Golden Spiraea

0596 looks similar to Star Jasmine but not 100% so.0579 geranium or Cranesbill?

0560 Euonymus?

0581 Berberis?

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Can anyone identify?

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Can any confirm identification please?

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Young flowering plant - what next? 
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Fear of messing with old roses

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Ice-cream Penstemons - 'Melting Candy'

What on earth can I do with this? 
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Identify bug?

Lot of these about - friend bug or not? 
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Identify these anyone?

Tiny black creepy crawlies on crocosmia leaves 
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Flower stalks drying/turning brown 
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Identify plant

Perfumed, yellow wallflower-like - wildflower? 
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