I would love if you can help to name this plant, it's been in the family for generations growing in a tub. We devide and share out the bulbs every couple of years but have no name for it. It produces these beautiful flowers in August/September and needs little attention.
I have an aeonium canariense (two tone - green and sort of aubergine! Anyway - I potted it on to a bigger pot in June and it thrived. But in the last week it appears to wilt during the day. What should I do?
Have you ever heard of this plant and does it work, its supposed to deter cats and dogs as they dislike the smell of the plant. Do most garden centres sell it?
I have a weird problem with my Datura and I wonder if anyone has come across it before?My Datura is flowering. It is of the double flowered type. That is to say, the flower is supposed to be double-decked with an inner bell shape and an outer one. The first flower opened and when I looked up inside it I could see the ruffles of the inner bell. However, the inner bell never came down so you could only see it by looking up the 'skirts' of the flower. The flower turned brown from the inside out and was ugly within a few days of opening.It's almost like the inner flower is stuck and rotting as it can't come down. I tried giving it a little tug but it didn't want to come down and the whole flower came off.There are lots more flowers coming on the plant and I was really hoping not to suffer from the same problem (see photo on my journal of today).
I cut back my abuliton today 18.02.09 not hard but removing a foot or two off a 10 foot plant and i would like to know if i can propogate these. I know that abuliton have a short life and i would like to keep it going.
I have been given a present of spider lilly and don.t know which way to plant it. There is a little growth on it and it has legs like a spider. Is this the top or the bottom. Thanks for your help. Phyllis
I bought a pot plant called Pandorea for indoors. It got too big and I planted it into a bigger pot and put it outdoors and it is beautiful, I just love it. I would love to get another one to climb on a sunny wall, can you tell me where I could buy one or could I take a cutting and how to do so. I havent seen it in any garden centres. Can you advise me on how to look after it. Thanks Gerry
Gerry,I recently wrote to you regarding my Angels trumphets which were pot bound. My now question is, as you mentioned, although pot bound, if cut back and protected from frost, they will last nexst year if planted into the ground.How do I cut them back, i.e. where and how far back? Also, as they are potted, would it be ok to leave potted and in my green house until spring, once prunned? Thanks Darren
Hi Gerry, I grew a Mondia whitei from seed and have a specimen outdoors though it has put on very little growth this year, its second year. I got the seeds from Chiltern seed. I also have a specimen in a sunroom which is west facing and is full of leaves but no flowers at all though I have been feeding it regulary. It is full of greenfly. I don't use pesticides as a rule but have tried almost everything to no avail. I now have the base of the plant indoors but the rest of it outdoors through an open window. This seems to be controlling the greenfly but I am in a quandary. Do I keep trying or give up
Where can I purchase the shrub Bougainvillea? I love it. I have a southly facing sheltered site(building at moment) can picture this plant there.
i have a bird of paradise in a glasshouse for 1 year.it hasn't produced any flowers. the label that came with plant says it flowers between december and april. is this correct?
I sent you a photo of the bougainvillea leaf but may have sent it to the wrong section. I have had my plant about 10 years and never know what type of compost to repot it in. I gave it some rhododendron feed and the result is yellow leaves with dark green veins. Also very few leaves. It is flowering profusely and is a wonderful sight at the moment. Would B@Q peat free compost be good or multi purpose with peat? Is it acid loving or alkaline? We grew them with either in Kenya I think.
Trying to trace Polygala Myrtitolia to buy? We bought in Cornwall last year but unfortunately lost it during the winter. Can you suggest any Irish nursery to try? Also the Climber Mandville. many Thanks. Eilis
Hi Gerry, I couldnt find the answer to this in the other sections so I thought I would direct it to you. In my porch I have a Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum Jasminoides) which I planted last year in a pot about 1ft wide and deep. It grew and flowered well. This year trained last years growth onto a small trellis but the growth seems to be only OK. The flowers werent blooming fully and some are withering before flowering and on closer inspection today I discovered that there are tiny dark green / black mites or bugs all over the flowers. None seem to be on the leaves as far as I can see. The porch is west facing and gets very warm with the evening sun. Some of the new leaves look a bit sweaty at times too. Any ideas about what the little invaders could be. Im very disappointed to find them and I hope I don't have to scrap the plant as a result. The scent reminds me of my honeymoon in Thailand! Hope you enjoyed Bloom. Thanks for your help. Ive tried to capture it in a photo but they are so small it's difficult to get a good shot. Ronan Halpenny