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21 September 2014 19:55:24

Hi all, hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday :) iv just come to realise I'm easily amused!! Gimmee a bag of concrete and a couple of marigold's and I'm a happy camper- or even a stick with a few solar lights will do lol . Can anyone help me with a plant ID ? But I forgot to take a pic so I'll have to discribe it ... It kinda looks like rhubarb, it's leaves can grow so big you can stand under them and it's name is something like tyrannosaurus rex!!!!  

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 September 2014 19:58:24

If it looks like a giant rhubarb, it could be Gunnera manicata.

But if it sounds like T-rex, it's probablyTetrapanax. And if it's big enough to be able to stand under it, it must be a very well-established specimen.

Two lovely photos, Kat.

andyf7 andyf7 21 September 2014 20:00:04

Gunnera i would say Kat, i love the hands planter and your butterfly display stand, your very artistic, well done Kat :-))

andyf7 andyf7 21 September 2014 20:00:36

beaten again by J, :-).

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 September 2014 20:10:42


Clara Clara 21 September 2014 20:55:42

Had a great day ...cutting back a hedge ...and I love your photos.

roofy roofy 21 September 2014 20:57:28

Very clever Kat.

JoanG JoanG 23 September 2014 00:29:30

Two lovely features there Kat; you have an artistic eye :-)

KL KL 23 September 2014 08:26:20

Hi everyone thanks for the comments, Jacinta and Andy I'll try get a picture for you as it looks like both your suggestions- I'll be absolutely "Morto" if it turns out to be Rhubarb!!! Lol ;))

Thrilled to bits

14 September 2014 12:31:04

So I was talkin to Jackie on one of her journals about cuttings and it occurred to me that I hadn't checked my own cuttings- I took four cuttings of a hydrangea, covered them with bags and left them for a month- well I was only delighted to find that they have roots!!!!  So I was just wondering what do I do now? Will I take the bag off ? Do I repot them in just compost? At the mo they are in half compost to 1 third sand? 

Ps please excuse my orange hands..... I had a fight with some self tan.... The tan won ;)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 14 September 2014 13:19:20

Pot each of them up into separate pots  of potting compost and water. Put them some where sheltered and if the weather continues dry give them a watering every week so that they don't dry out. In early spring you should have nice healthy growing plants to plant out into the garden.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 14 September 2014 16:20:00

Yaaaaay! I just found that the one I took of a chaemomeles has roots too. It's pure magic! 

knocknakillew knocknakillew 14 September 2014 17:03:36

Well done its good to have green fingers to :)

Dick Dick 14 September 2014 17:46:36

I would agree with Mary. Well done. Hydrangeas are easy to root.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 September 2014 19:38:17

Great news, Kat. You'll find that you will want to take cuttings of virtually ANYTHING now. Best of luck with the Hydrangeas.

Jackie Jackie 14 September 2014 20:11:35

Ah brilliant Kat :)....delighted that they took......now dont do what I do and take cuttings of everything and end up with hundreds, yes 237 to be precise, of plants in waiting. lol

Thats just great though, the bug will be eating away at you now to do some more....and its just the best feeling ever! Well done! :)

roofy roofy 14 September 2014 21:07:10

You,ve done real well Kat.

PeterW PeterW 14 September 2014 21:52:37

Well done Kat :D

andyf7 andyf7 14 September 2014 22:05:01

great advice from all above.

Well done Kat and its nice to have multi coloured fingers! :-)). 

KL KL 15 September 2014 09:21:21

Hi Gracedieu Lass , I'll be certain to follow your advice. Yyyyyaaaayyyy Terri thanks for sharing my excitement, sure we are only brill ;) thanks knocknakillew- me fingers are a bit on the orange side at the mo- but I'm expecting my thumbs to turn green any day now :)  Thanks Dick it was you who told me how to do it, so Im delighted it worked .   Hi Jacinta - I'm going down to a friends house on Thursday to take LOADS of her stuff- she has a huge garden with loads of variety .  Jackie.... 237!!!!! HOLY COW !!!! Thanks Roofy and peter. Andy they are even worse in real life lol ;)

What to do?

31 August 2014 19:50:32

Hi everyone , hope you guys are all having a lovely Sunny Sunday. I was wondering what to do with these things - are they called "Rose Hips"? Do I cut them off and stick them in the ground or do I leave them on? 

Michael k Michael k 31 August 2014 20:11:21

I would always cut back to encourage more growth and flowering,although hips can look good and attract birds

PeterW PeterW 31 August 2014 20:18:40

Cut off the dead flowers for more Kat and as far as cuttings go i'm not sure i don't have roses here

Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 August 2014 22:10:02

Dead head for another flush of flowers. You can also take cuttings around next month, or October. I did these two years ago for the first time and 'lo and behold, they took and are looking very healthy. Give it a go. You won't regret it.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 31 August 2014 22:22:57

What you do depends on the kind of rose.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 01 September 2014 08:32:50

If it's a rosa rugosa or dog rose, leave them on, otherwise take them off. I deadheaded all my rugosas last year and then remembered they are grown for the flowers AND the gorgeous hips. 

KL KL 06 September 2014 09:09:00

Hi everyone , Terri it defo isn't rugosa, the roses are like small little buds, I wish I knew the name so I could tell you . Jacinta how do ye take a cutting from a rose ? I'd be delighted if I could- is it the same way I took the cuttings from the hydranges? Hi micheal and Peter I went out and gave them a little pruning so I'm sure they will benefit  from all you're good advice 


12 August 2014 07:48:14

Is anyone else gettin loads of these little hover flies in their garden? Like as in hundreds of them!! I looked out one mornin and thought there was loads of leaves fallin down but no, it was hundreds of these little things, I quite like them so they don't bother me , iv just never seen so many!! And loads of butterflies too ;)

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 August 2014 07:55:42

Yes, loads here too.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 12 August 2014 07:57:59

Yep, plenty of them is a sign that you're planting things bees and hovers love. And bees are endangered so that's a good thing. 


BTW you were asking about tomatoes. I grow them from seed, sown on a sunny window sill in February (or March if you haven't got a greenhouse) and planted out in the open after the last frost. I haven't heard of growing them from cuttings becuse they wouldn't survive the winter. You can get grafted ones in spring though from some garden centres. Never tried them myself, though they had good results on Gardeners World. 

matt64 matt64 12 August 2014 08:50:10

Loads here too pretending to be wasps....

Clara Clara 12 August 2014 08:59:11

Loads here also I do think they munch on Lillies ?


andyf7 andyf7 12 August 2014 09:37:27

The Marmalade Hooverfly is a great addition in the garden and totally harmless to plants and humans, i enjoy them here, and beautiful Peacock Lady butterfly. 

Johnplotman Johnplotman 12 August 2014 17:34:21

No harm at all,Kat.

KL KL 13 August 2014 09:35:47

Lol Matt, Terri it was me askin bout tomatoes, thank you for taking the time to type me all that info- I'm expecting my next project will be a green house so hopefully early next year I can grow some stuff :) Andy I think you might have an encyclopedia in your brain!! Or a photographic memory!! You always seem to know the names and habits of Everything!!  Hi Jacinta , Clara and John :)

JanetS JanetS 14 August 2014 11:39:13

I have seen more hoverflies this year than ever before! They seem to be collecting nectar from the petals of the lilies. They love the purple toadflax too.

Should I let them go?

11 August 2014 12:44:01

Hi everyone - I was just wondering what everyone's Petunia situation is? I love them and use them a lot for filling blank areas but they just look wreaked at the moment, I usually just water them and leave them spread as they so choose, but I think they are passed it now- would this be the time of year for them to finish- should I pull them out or is it usual for them to come back a second time- I'll try post a pic but not sure if the site is still down 

Dick Dick 11 August 2014 15:51:36

Why should you, Kat? They look great. Perhaps the first one is not as good as the others.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 11 August 2014 16:36:59

Give them a regular dose of tomato feed, and they'll be going for a long time yet.

Dick Dick 11 August 2014 16:38:59


sallysarah sallysarah 11 August 2014 16:46:09

Did you dead-head them - I know that's a bit of a faff with petunias or perhaps give them a haircut and then feed - it's only early August!!!

GOULDILOX GOULDILOX 11 August 2014 18:02:22

Hi Kat- yeah keep them going for as long as possible - a feed should do the trick. I hate getting rid of anthing myself and always keep dead heading till the bare stalks are left.

Jackie Jackie 11 August 2014 18:18:02

What I do is chop them in half, literally, feed them and they come back as good as new. I did that about 2 weeks ago and they are starting to flower again.........

Still some good growth on those yet!

Dahlia Dahlia 11 August 2014 18:24:08

I do exactly what Jackie suggests, cut them back until there just green left, stand them in a tomato feed ( i hate to see it flowing out of the pot ) until they're well sarurated and then keep an eye on them to not dry out.

KL KL 11 August 2014 18:25:05

Right so everyone !! I'm going out right now to give a  good feeding and a haircut!! Thanks for the advice everyone - they were looking very leggy and I had itchy fingers to do somethin but I wasn't sure what the right course of action was 

andyf7 andyf7 11 August 2014 18:46:03

im sure they will be blooming away soon for you Kat. i agree with all the advice above.


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