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plant identification

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 14:05

I agree that the first looks like a dried out hydrangea.  Looks like it's hungry and thirsty.  The soil around it looks depleted of any nutrients.  I'd hoe around it, being careful not to hit the plant, loosen up the soil and give it an enormous soak.  Maybe dig in some bagged ready manure (can easily buy small bags from DIY centres who sell plants) to mix with that soil. 

The second group of three look lovely and also in need of a soak.  The soil looks walked on.  I'd loosen it up as well, maybe get some organic matter carefully dug in round about them and give the area a really good soaking.

I think these plants could perk up - even the hydrangea looking ones, if you keep an eye out for them and make that soil less caked, firm and depleted.

Lonicera (Honeysuckle) "Heaven Scent

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:48



Hi Everyone.  Bought a Honeysuckle 'Heaven Scent' in the Spring and having to house it temporarily in a pot and tied in to a tree for this year.  Will plant it in the autumn when space free.

It has grown about four foot on one thick stem with shoots at the top which have given a dozen or so beautifully scented flowers.  Some still to turn yellow at this point.  However, on one stem yesterday I spotted these green bulbous type things.  I know Heaven Scent produces red berries at some point after blooming but am not sure if these green pods are going to be berries or if they are seed pods.  As it's the plant's first year - do I just leave them and let it do it's thing - or should I remove?

Many thanks.



Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:53


My first real effort with sunflowers but a halfhearted one.  Sowed 'Tall Lemon'.  They are too close together but perhaps stupidly I thought I would see if they grew in this rather poor soil and pull out the weaklings to allow one of two to keep growing if they seemed to look worthy.  However, they are pretty spindly looking on the whole but maybe they start off and this way and then thicken up as in others photos on the site.    I did sow them late.  The soil had some manure in it and I've only watered them  - not fed.  They ARE skinny looking - perhaps lack of feeding?  I'm not bothered if they come to nothing really, but as they are there it would be nice to get at least one to flower.


Talkback: How to collect and sow foxglove seed

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:45

 No idea what this one is but would like to try and do something to reproduce, no matter the eventual colour.  Presumably these seed pods are too green for removing or collecting just now?  Not sure whether to leave the stem as it is for a while longer or chop it now and keep the pods or just chop this stem off and hope for side shoots.  I can't remember which type this is, think it was classed as a small or miniature or something.  It's only about 5 ft.

Things you do that annoy yourself...

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 13:33

Pat E:  You asked 'How did you get the wheelchair of you?".  I think I only managed it because I could hear people laughing.  To try and look unconcerned and preserve some dignity in such situations - you momentarily seem to find the strength of Hercules!  So I managed to shove it off with both arms at the same time as doing a frog-like franticswiming motion with my legs which got me free.  I very casually got up as if nothing had happened and strode into the house with great purpose.  However, my legs were very sore and I sat on the side of the bath for some time while it filled, a bit shaky.  Bit black and blue for a few days - but it was a lesson learned.   We had it adjusted after that so that it could only be operated on the low speed setting.

Hi Nanny Beach.  It would be impractical to have tanks as it is such a small garden and is also meant to be shared with neighbours - who currently have no interest and very kindly let me have it to myself which is a real treat.  A water butt would suffice really but again it's a case of a 100 year old building (flats) where this small garden was not designed to accommodate any practical gardening paraphernalia.  The flats are built almost in a circle shape and each block has a tiny garden which leads out to a very large 'communal green' area which everyone contributes for professional grass cutters to come and tidy up a few times a year.  A little amusingly,the old deeds for these flats contain the demand that the block gardens are used only for 'flowers and laundry' so if you picture what that would mean in 1908 terms you can guess what the horticultural tastes were at the time.  Today's short-term and mostly younger renters tend not to be interested in the small gardens and prefer to use the large communal grass area to sunbathe, play with their young children or have the occasional one time use bbq sets out of a sunny evening.  I keep the small garden clear so it's easy for anyone needing access to go through it to the sunnier larger green area.  So far I'm lucky that neighbours let me potter away in the little garden and do what I like with it.  So I return the favour by keeping it as clear as possible.  However, the dream of course is to move one day - but health services for my OH are our priority consideration in staying where we are.  And we are content with how things are.  The little garden is a huge bonus from a home carer perspective.  It's wonderful.  These old flat designs are very common in Scotland - perhaps more so than elsewhere in the UK.

A Red Hot Mystery!!

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 12:08

Iresine herbstii?

Nothing to do with gardening

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 00:46

"Cameron considers ewe-turn on E-ewe ref-er-endum".

Impatiens - outdoors

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 00:28

Thanks Verdun.  

Things you do that annoy yourself...

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 00:25

Hello Pat.  I only really started gardening 4 or 5 years ago and in the middle of town in a conservation area and with communal flat considerations, some things are certainly a headache.  BUT - as I've found being a carer for family, you find a way to get around things - not always the smartest and neatest way perhaps, but you become a part-time inventor of myriad gadgets to accomplish things. (But I'm ageing rapidly with the effort I can tell you)!

In the back of my mind though - I tell myself that better to have what you have and make what you can of it. Although...I do have a picture in my head of being in a house one day in an area of the country where the summers are warmer and longer and where I can have water butts and a tank or two and as many taps as I can get all over the place - in a much larger garden!  But having a garden alone is such a contentment and extremely therapeutic for a full-time carer where most of life of necessity revolves around the home.

Are you in a position Pat where you can create something to make the tanks less of an eyesore - or would that not be practical?  Sounds like it would be a great deal of hard work too.  Gardening is a wonderful activity in whatever circumstances.  Regards Pat.


Some materials for my stumperie

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 00:12

The creature aspect is going to be fascinating for see what comes and goes and what makes a home or industry there - and how it all ages and how new visitors use it.  Look forward to more photos.

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