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Plant Identification

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 17:47



There's orangey........

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:20

Hi Verdun - thanks for naming the orange lillies as 'Enchantment' - that's what mine were.  You see - I must have disliked them so much that I became negligent even of their name!  They were beautifully strong I have to say.   I think the fault with me was that I probably never placed them somewhere imaginative enough to grow to love them. ?

Replacing membrane on established gravel garden

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 01:32

Mark, my garden is only about 30ft x 20ft and 3 years ago I decided to make paths down each side.  I dampered down the soil really hard for days until it was solid, put membrane on the top and put a 3" layer of lovely pebbles.  Also, I did the same for about 20ft x 4ft rectangular up close to the house.  It was just dandy but this year in February I decided to try and lift the membrane and replace it because grass and weeds were growing through in places and also the pebbles were beginning to sink down due to weather - lots of rain and so forth.  I had no plants growing in these areas though.

I scraped pebbles away - was a nightmare, took hours - and I shovelled them onto bin bags placed flat on the tiny lawn.  I started pulling up the membrane and in places it was so solidly onto the hard soil underneath that it was really difficult to get sections of it up without it tearing.  It was good quality black membrane at the time!  I hosed the pebbles to get the mud off - but after 3 days I gave up.  I just poured the pebbles back where they had been, some on left membrane, some just on top of the rock solid soil under the membrane.  It looks really shoddy now.  It was such hard work.  I couldn't understand why so many of the pebbles had managed to work their way down through the membrane and into the solid soil.  I had 28 bags of pebbles for each path - bags the size of large compost bags.

I don't have the heart to do anything about it this year.  Just thinking about maybe getting someone in to do it next spring.  I don't have horsetail though.  Loads of dandelions and grass coming up but I have had to resort just to clipping the dandelions but small clumps of grass come out easily. But, I've neglected it and there are larger clumps of grass taking over. 

If you still keep having problems with the horsetail - I'd see if you can get a local gardening person in - the good sort who know what they're doing and don't cost a fortune.  I know how dispiriting it can be to keep trying and never quite getting there.

Best of luck.

Is it only me ??

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 01:19

I cheat! I cut sections of an old rubber hose and I stick it in the middle so that the bottom of the hose section reaches to the bottom of the basket.  When I water, I fill up the hose section and then water the top of the basket. Seems to work.  You can't see the hose section sticking up when the plants have grown so I just need to part the plants and water down the length of hose.  Not very glamorous - but it keeps the bottom nice and moist. 

There's orangey........

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 00:55

I love Emilia Irish Poet which I sow direct in the garden as part of my tiny wildflower patch.  I mash all the colours together of the tall seeds sown so I mix it in with Tall Blue Cornflower, Scarlet Flax and Nigella.  You need a good clump of them to have any effect.  I always find they are the last seeds to shoot though which is a bit frustrating and they end up looking a mess if they're in a windy spot.

Love also a deep orange wallflower - don't know the name - cheap B&Q plugs last year just labelled 'Wallflower' which have grown to 4 foot this year - and I mixed them with a pale peachy wallflower.  They smell lovely and look great with the more subtle peach.

I had lovely geums 3 years ago - but last year not a single one of the 4 plants appeared at all.  Eaten from below I suspect or the winter 'did for them'.  Maybe they don't last many years.  They were startling in amongst bluebells.

I did have orange lilies - think they were called Splendour?  Had them in a clump in a pot.  They bloomed strongly and hugely every year but for some reason I took a real dislike to them.  I stealthily ignored them last year - didn't water or feed - and they still bloomed like mad.  In the autumn I tipped them out and got rid.  I don't miss them.  I couldn't describe what it was I didn't like about them though.  Only the second time I've 'disliked' a plant after the first year.  (The other dislike was pink fluffy astilbes.  After 3 years I could bear them no longer.  It was just too much pink and they got bigger and bigger and bigger...).

Roses in pots

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 00:42


Sorry to take so long to get back here.  Thanks so much for your advice.  I mixed 1 third top soil, 1 third John Innes 3 and 1 third multi-p.

However, here's a question.  The wind has been brutal for two weeks with occasional hail but settling now to normal wind and a little sunshine during the day.  I've had to put both pots together for the time-being to get a little shelter - although the garden is really exposed.  Surrounded on all sides by high flats but the wind comes over the roofs and circles around all day from all directions.

The nearest rose in a pot in this photo is 'Lady of Shallot'.  A climber, but I saw some photos and read some websites which have it just growing normally in a pot and not climbing.  I'm planning to do this now.  However, if you look at the photo there is one substantial shoot sticking out horizontally.  Presumably (?) that would be a strong leader if placing it horizontally to climb?  As I'm not going for 'climb' I'm wondering what should I do with this shoot - should I cut it back?  There is no new growth on it - and I can't tell if there ever will be.  I'm not sure if I'm supposed to just leave it as it is.

Also, if I just leave it to grow normally - should I remove those insubstantial miniature trellises the roses came attached to, if I want the rose just to round out?

Sorry to ask such naïve questions - I've never potted roses before and I haven't a clue how to support them, or not support them as they are - and I don't want to do something stupid and ruin them!

Roses in pots

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 12:26

Hi everybody.  I have three new healthy potted when bought David Austin roses.  Fragrant climber Claire Austin.  Short fragrant climber Lady of Shalott.  Bush Munstead Wood.  I want all three in large pots for at least a year before I can put specifically the two climbers in a position to climb something and will also need to plan space for the Munstead Wood. 

It's going to take ages to be able to get a delivery of John Innes 3 compost to put them in the pots with so I'm wondering, having been warned that roses don't like multi-purpose compost, if I can use freshly bought Miracle Gro Peat Free all purpose enriched compost with the supposed smart release feed.  Do you think I could get away with using these for all three roses (large pots) for a year?   Or would that not be wise?

Look forward to advice.  I don't drive and am a full-time carer for two family members, so can't leave the house for long and it's difficult to get supplies other than deliveries - and I'm going to have to wait a long time for deliveries in this area.  I'm perhaps too keen to get them into the pots and might be better waiting for better compost - but wonder if I can risk using the Miracle Gro at all.


Thanks in advance for advice.



Posted: 01/05/2015 at 12:15

Hi Maria and Beaus Mum

My garden is small and relatively sheltered and for the last 4 years I've struggled with 3 Star Jasmine.  One was in a pot and two were in sheltered sunny areas.  Immediately on planting all three the first year there were a few flowers and I assumed the second year would see improvement.   All three were bought from different places and the two planted in the ground were in places where the soil was improved and everything else grew really really well.

Second year there was more foliage on each plant and no flowers.  Buds but never reached flowering.  I didn't over-water, thought it must be the soil.  Moved 2 the third year - no difference.  I ended up having to get rid of all three which was no fun as the foliage mostly grew and grew during the late spring and summers but never reached flowering.  I could have kept them another year or two, but they were taking up good space and I admit I gave up.

I live near the Botanics.  I looked around the local area and other areas on my way out and about and never came across anyone who had luck with a Star Jasmine.  Yet.

There must be an answer Maria - but I haven't found it.  However, as yours has buds, it may be the cold as I was warned about cold snaps.  The other advice I had was to make sure and water well and leave until ground dry and then water well again.

Let me know how you get on.  I'd love to hear of a success in Edinburgh.  There are probably hundreds around growing successfully.  I'd love to know the secret because I would still love to have one.  Coincidentally, I've had the same bad luck with a Jasmine Clotted Cream - but am hoping it might flower well this year.

There is a thread on this forum (I've been absent due to family illnesses for quite some time) where a few people, including myself, had the same problems with Star Jasmine.  It will be in the archives here somewhere.  You might find some information in amongst the posts from those who have success with Star Jasmine.


Plant ID

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 18:06

Lou48 Hi.  There are so many clematis in shades of blue/purple that it's difficult to say what it is.  I'm sure the others on here will attest to that.  Did you manage to take any photos of the blooms at all and the whole plant?  That would be really helpful to folks on here to try and identify it for you and give advice on which type it is and how and when pruning should take place.  I'm sure someone will know it if they could see a photo.

ID for this one

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 00:33

Thanks Edd.  Love those watering cans...really inventive idea.  Are they yours and how does it work?


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