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Flowers : Summer colour from seed

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Wild  flower
 

Wild flower

While walking by Carlingford Lough I came across this singular plant. It was growing in thick undergrowth and seemed out of place on its own. Could you please identify it for me? Picture attached. Aidev, Blackrock, Co Louth Posted: 11/07/2017

 This is evening primrose, Oenothera biennis, native to America, a garden escape here.

 

Flowers for wedding

I'm wondering what annuals to plant for the best cut flowers for an informal wedding. ElizaB, MID CORK, Co Cork Posted: 07/01/2017

Trying to grow flowers for a wedding is practically doomed to failure, because timing so difficult. Professional growers have a succession of crops coming in to cover the difficulty of crops cming too early or too late.
 
Much depends on the time of  year, for instance, cosmos might cover late summer. But it is really a job for professionals.

 

Sweet Pea

I have grown 13 plants of Sweet Pea on two wigwams which became too small so I put extra canes down as well. My problem is that a lot of the flower stems are growing bent instead of straight upwards and so they are not suitable for cut flowers. What is the reason for this? henlen, , Co Kildare Posted: 04/07/2016


Sweet pea for exhibition straight stems need to be securely tied. Wind and rain can cause movement of the stems and bending of the flower stems.
 
But they will smell as sweet! 

 

What's eating my Morning Glory

After numerous attempts to grow Morning Glory I've finally managed to get some growth - leaving it in a pot instead of the ground. However, something is attacking the leaves. I've spread salt around the base of the pot in case it's slugs but I can't actually see anything. No other plants seem to be affected. Arwen, Rathdowney, Co Laois Posted: 02/07/2016

This is probably snails ... which can climb. It might just be one snail, hiding amid the foliage by day.

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Plant Recognition

I was given this plant as a present = the giver does not know its name!! It grows to about 5 ft and has a pink flower. Can you tell me its name please. Thank you Brian Gussy, Ennis, Co Clare Posted: 06/05/2016

This looks like Himalayan balsam, a summer annual flower, which has escaped from gardens and is nowproliferating to a damaging extent by slow-moving rivers and streams.

 

problem with sweet pea

Do sweet pea need to have their center tips removed to make them spread out more? herb, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary Posted: 07/04/2016

Yes, they are usually pinched ut at about 10 to 15cm to make new side shoots grow. But it is not essential.

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