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Can anyone identify?

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 23:34

figrat, punkdoc and cotty1000 - thank you so much.  Yes I did plant nectaroscordum (dium!) bulbs - just managed to find the bag they came in with photo.  Fantastic.  I couldn't remember where exactly I planted them as I did it on one of those quite cold days last Autumn just before it rained again - so did it in a hurry.  Really pleased about this - can't wait to see them flower when the time comes.

Can anyone identify?

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 10:51

Can't remember what these bulbs were and wondering what these tall things are.  The only things I remember planting which I'm not sure about how they look when they come up were two different kinds of alliums and ranunculus.  These look like tulips - quite a lot didn't come up and none of my white daff Tressemble showed up.  Anyone recognise these?


Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 11:02

I went mad with annuals for a couple of years and loved the seed sowing and having little plastic greenhouses which gave the impression of lots of things going on and lots to see.  And the cheapness of packets of seeds I suppose.  Novice gardener thing - if there are lots to see it looks as if you're achieving something and have loads of colour around before the 'main' garden perennials grow on a bit.  I was in the novice gardener psyche of 'good grief - I sowed that and it actually grew and flowered'!

I went mad again last year but planting out and so much rain and rotten weather really put me off making such an effort this year.  I haven't sown a thing as my perennials have come on pretty well and there's little space - only masses of pots to do something with now and I'm very late even thinking about it.  I love some of the annuals though - especially multi-coloured nemesia seeds casually thrown into window box planters - they just do away and look amazing by late summer.  It seemed so easy and beautifully colourful.  It's only about 8 degrees here - can't believe it so cold still and I'm only now contemplating sowing outdoor sweetpeas because I have nothing else to grow up my permanent stakes and netting.  I'll pop out there today and do it all the same in the hope of some 'tall' colour by late summer early autumn.

I think I'm just having a lazy attitude to feeling I'm always fighting the weather!

Can any confirm identification please?

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 10:51

Yes nutcutlet you are bang on!  Mine has started bud opening today.  Thanks so much for that.  I absolutely love it.  Thank you.


name of a plant

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 23:39

Polly65 - are you thinking of Livingstone Daisies maybe?  Multi-coloured, open up in the sunshine?

Zaluzianskya 'Orange Eye'

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 23:20

Hi Berghill and little-ann.  I think I've been a bit optimistic that I'd be able to care for this plant.  I might plant it with some other alpines but maybe attempt to give it some kind of shelter - or try and create alpine house conditions just for it - or them, there are two.  Not exactly sure what I'll use - but will try and come up with something.  They were an expensive whim and I ought to avoid expensive whims.  I was too impressed by how it looks - rather than thinking through where I'd put it and be able to care for it properly.

Thanks for replying.

Can any confirm identification please?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 23:13

Forgot to say flowering rose - I had wondered about Borage as although I've photographs of lovely blue borage from last summer - I did read that the buds sometimes appear pinkish and then turn that lovely deep blue colour.  Will be a laugh if this plant morphs into 'not' Red Campion.

Can any confirm identification please?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 23:11

Thanks everybody for having a look at this for me.  I've narrowed it down to going with Dovefromabove.  From web photos I'm pretty sure it has to be Red Campion and I think I've realised how it has come to be where it shouldn't be. 

Last year I thought I would go native and bought a range of Scottish Wildflower seed packets - but I had sown them in pots so that they would be separated from the more manageable domestic (if you like) plants and seedlings in the actual borders.  Come October - having had more rain than anything else - the pots had little to show - some had nothing - so I assumed I'd left everything outside to get sodden and that the seeds would have come to nothing.  So - I tipped out the compost from all of the pots all over the borders.  Having noticed that it also looks like I have wild Scottish thistles a foot or so aware from this Red Campion - which has also come as a surprise - I think some seeds have obviously finally germinated - and no doubt there will be more surprises as the weeks go on.  I had not thought this big robust clump could be Red Campion initially as being an idiot the only ones I'd seen in the wild (or from what I remembered from childhood) were quite dainty little things.

I think I'm likely now to get more unexpected things appearing.  Ah well.  I'm happy with it and conditions must suit it.   Mystery is - there was a gorgeous orange geum in that spot this time last year which has totally disappeared.  That's a little disappointment as it was stunning when in bloom alongside bluebells.  So either this campion has swamped it completely - or the geum has gone walkabout!

Thanks everybody for your time.  Appreciate it.

Can any confirm identification please?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 11:03

Thanks for quick response Dovefromabove.  Dashed outside just now to take some pics.  Leaves are smooth almost shiny - very soft to the touch.  Stems are 1cm thick and very hairy and hairy around the flower buds.  I'll check out campions.  I did try to sow wild Red Campion in wildflower pots last year but none showed up.  I'll look it up again.  It's just over a foot tall and clump is just over a foot wide.  It's been a surprise showing up where it is.


Zaluzianskya 'Orange Eye'

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:50

Bought a couple of these at a local plant sale to put with other Alpines and thought I'd plant as with other Alpines.  However, I've since been told that they are difficult to grow and keep and are much affected by cold and wet in the UK.  Does anybody grow these or had success with them who can maybe give me a better idea of what the best conditions would be for them e.g should they be kept in a cool greenhouse as opposed to being planted out? 

Many thanks.  Was also told they open up in late evening and overnight.  Was a bit sceptical about this but in second picture taken after dark - it kind of looks as if they do.



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