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Plant or Weed?

11 June 2015 22:23:54

My raised bed was invaded by cattle last summer after planting it up. All my labels and many of my plants were destroyed. What I thought was a plant in the raised bed now looks like some sort of weed. The buds that have opened have yellow type seeds. No petals. It looks ugly. Any help would be greatly appreciated to determine what this is.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 June 2015 21:15:34

Looks like a weed to me .... but I'm not an expert. I get weeds that look a bit like that too.

Gearoid Gearoid 12 June 2015 21:49:40

Thanks Hazel.

Need help identifying plants!

31 May 2015 23:21:59

Hi All

I hope you are all well. I am just wondering if you could help me out. I am helping my friend Olivia to identify some plants in her garden. I have seen these many times before but can't put a name on them. The garden is very overgrown and needs work. She would like to know what plants she is dealing with first! Looking forward to coming back here on regular basis. Thanks in advance.

fran m fran m 31 May 2015 23:28:26

A is possibly Hypericum, B if it's a climber may be Loniceria, C is Forsythia and D is possibly a Myrtle, if you brush or rub against it you will get a lovelt sweet smell.

Scrubber Scrubber 01 June 2015 14:04:23

I think A might be Buddleia? C Forsythia D Maybe a hebe? But i assure you Fran and others know far more than I do so dont go by me!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 01 June 2015 14:06:28

I agree with Fran  that B is most likely a Lonicera (Honeysuckle). Some plants are easy to identify because they have very distinctive flowers like the Forsythia but a photo that shows more of the plant is sometimes helpful.

Peter - I think you might be right about the Buddliea

Disappointed with my tulips

19 May 2012 22:23:33
Having moved back into the house after extensive renovations taking many weeks, I find that one variety of my tulips - Giuseppe Verdi - have grown unusually downwards in their containers. All 10 bulbs have a similar downward growth. There is no sign of any of them flowering. I purchased them at the end of last year. I have never seen this before.
fraoch fraoch 19 May 2012 22:31:01


Joann Joann 19 May 2012 22:42:47

I think it because you bought male bulbs, the females look completly different hee hee

Rachel Rachel 19 May 2012 22:51:08

I think that's one for Gerry Daly.

Moya Moya 19 May 2012 22:53:22

Very unusual. What were those builders up to??

PeterW PeterW 19 May 2012 23:37:05

It looks sad

Name of Plant? For Mum on Mother's Day

16 March 2012 11:24:18
I decided to get my mum a plant for Mother's Day and picked one out yesterday in a store. I usually don't buy plants without knowing their name. I have seen this plant before. There was care instructions on it but there was no name?
Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 16 March 2012 11:28:59

Looks like a Campanula ?

fraoch fraoch 16 March 2012 12:23:35

I agree, but can't say which one.

JoanG JoanG 16 March 2012 13:13:01

Agree it looks like campanula posssibly campanula portenschlagiana, bit of a mouthful but a lovely plant, great for edging, rockery, front of border, will spread and is easily divided.  Your mum will be pleased. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 March 2012 13:25:06

Yea, definitely campanula.

ann stan ann stan 16 March 2012 13:51:07

i agree campanula they last for ages

Wet packaged compost

12 March 2012 15:46:12
My multi-purpose compost got wet in its bag in the shed during the winter. Does anyone know please if I dry it out, would it be safe to use it to sow seeds or is it likely to contain diseases due to its high moisture content?


TinaJ TinaJ 12 March 2012 18:09:29

If it was me i wouldnt use it,i dont use  multipurpose for seed sowing,i buy a seed compost,it gives better results

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 March 2012 18:20:32

Last year was the first year I used Seed and Cutting Compost. Where I did have better results, they were only marginally better. Before that I always used Multipurpose compost. But I'd prefer to use multipurpose moist. It's very hard to re-wet dry compost properly.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 March 2012 23:39:56

I agree with Jacinta - moist compost is best! But if it is completly waterlogged you might want to let it drain a bit - a couple of holes in the bottom of the bag might help - also I find that putting any compost through a garden seive makes a big difference. Happy planting!

Gearoid Gearoid 15 March 2012 10:48:51

Thanks for the advice. The compost is very slow drying out, even though I have it out in the air. I won't chance using it, I think there is insects in it also. I will try a seed compost this year. It certainly is very hard to re-wet dry compost.


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