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Re: Not what I ordered! Help to identify?

Message from Hilshils

In forum: Identify a plant

They look very like my young cornflower plants that I’ve just planted out! But I’m not sure. Certainly not creeping thyme as you say! Good luck

  • Posted: Wed. 13th May 2020 08:42

Not what I ordered! Help to identify?

Question from Mark R

In forum: Identify a plant

I ordered a few packets of creeping thyme seeds as I wanted some ground cover, and I (thankfully) sowed most into seed trays and only sowed some directly into the ground.
These are what came up and they certainly aren't dainty little creeping thyme plants!

Can anyone please identify these so I can decide where to plant these out?

They have very long round-ended leaves which have fine peach-fuzz hairs on their surface.
The seeds were sown maybe 3-4 weeks ago and the tallest plant is about 6 inches high so far.

  • Posted: Sun. 10th May 2020 14:03

Teucrium marum

Question from Deirdre Corr

In forum: General

Does anyone know where I can source cat thyme seeds or plants? Thanks

  • Posted: Tue. 12th March 2019 09:32

Re: Preparation of ground for tapesty lawn?

Message from Jane Harries

In forum: General

Hello - I would say use sand as it's useful as a mulch, but not sure about the grit unless drainage is already a problem. Plants like thyme and chamomile would do well.

  • Posted: Mon. 22nd January 2018 12:31

Re: Autumn/WintIer Gardening & fruit plant

Message from Anna Hamilton

In forum: Recommended gardening books


There are various herbs you can plant in winter. One is Rosemary/ It grows all year round and in garden lingo it means a perennial herb.

Others to look at include

Parsley. ...
Thyme. ...
Winter savory. ...

I found out hints and tips about gardening here:


Loads of stuff in the news section that is great for all gardeners.

  • Posted: Fri. 19th January 2018 14:21

Preparation of ground for tapesty lawn?

General post from Rose Stockwell

In forum: General

I have lifted my lawn and wish to replace it with a tapestry lawn - thymes etc. How should I prepare the soil? The soil is neutral. A layer of grit and sand to ensure drainage? I will be using plug plants.

Many thanks.

  • Posted: Wed. 17th January 2018 12:06

Re: Re: Sent the wrong seeds

Message from Amy

In forum: Identify a plant

Hi, thank you for the reply, I was thinking maybe they are chickweed...I can't believe it ???? But yes I am going to remove the plants leaving the thyme...I guess I am thankful actually that I had the right seeds and my thyme babies are growing in there.

  • Posted: Sat. 20th August 2016 19:14

Re: Sent the wrong seeds!

Message from Carol

In forum: Identify a plant

They look like really familiar veg patch/ greenhouse pot weeds to me. But I don't know what they are called. Can you pick them out carefully and leave the thyme?

  • Posted: Sat. 20th August 2016 17:13

Sent the wrong seeds!

Question from Amy

In forum: Identify a plant

I ordered 6000 creeping thyme seeds as I wanted to make a bed of creeping thyme...as the plants grew there were so many of the same I just assumed they were creeping thyme however now they a larger they look nothing like my already established creeping thyme and have no scent whatsoever...

I thought maybe I had been delivered a different set of seeds as I ordered them off amazon and they were unmarked but when I went to take this picture for the forum I noticed some smaller shoots under the larger plants that are definitely creeping thyme as they are scented too....now I'm thinking I've been cultivating weeds!!!

Any help will be greatly appreciated...the plants seem to be creeping/spreading out.

Image one - the plants
Image 2 - the plants
Image 3 - the thyme shoots

  • Posted: Sat. 20th August 2016 16:27

Re: What herbs should I plant and when?

Message from John Wicks

In forum: New to gardening

It depends entirely on what you like to eat. But different herbs like different conditions. Some of my favourites like sage, thyme, rosemary are Mediterranean and like well drained soil in sun. Lay sage leaves on a mackerel fillet, drizzle with a little oil, wrap in streaky bacon and bung it in the oven for about 10 minutes. Delicious. Mint likes it moister, I pick it when it is young and make mint sauce which I then freeze into ice cubes and use as needed; I also make mint and apple jelly. Mint tea is good too. Chives don't seem too fussy about soil and position and are pretty in the flower border (their flowers are edible) and go well in a potato salad. They are a good companion plant as they deter greenfly. Golden oregano - good on pizzas - also attracts beneficial insects, as does borage. Its flowers taste of cucumber - find recipes at http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/borage. Dill attracts good insects like hoverflies and is good in pickles (I add some to my pickled courgettes). There is plenty to choose from. Just do it!

  • Posted: Thu. 23rd June 2016 16:27

Re: Which plant is this?

Message from Carol

In forum: Identify a plant

That looks like common narrow-leaved thyme to me - unless I'm getting the scale of the picture wrong!

  • Posted: Wed. 1st June 2016 11:18

Re: Alternative lawn..

Message from Christine Wilkie

In forum: Garden design

Hi Judi
I used Chamaemelum nobile Treneague is a raised circular bed a couple of years back for a garden design in London. All was growing really well - I used chamomile turves - until we had bad weather (heavy snow and unprecedented minus 20 degree weather). It never really recovered and ended up looking like it had 'a bad case of alopecia' as my client put it. We tried various ways and means of reviving it - based on advice from the original grower - but nothing really worked and by summer we were forced to abandon and start over with different creeping and trailing plants. All in all it ended up being a very expensive failure. The area was around 13 square metres so I'd be wary of using it across such a large area. A cheaper way is to plant with smaller plants but then you'd wait quite a while to get the 'lawn' effect you are seeking. Thyme is a good alternative and while it can happily be walked on, regular heavy traffic is probably best avoided. Hope that helps. Let me know what you decide

  • Posted: Sun. 7th April 2013 22:55

Alternative lawn..

Comment from Judi Samuels Garden Design

In forum: Garden design

I am currently working on a garden design where I am considering using an alternative to a grass lawn.. am really excited by the idea of using either Chamaemelum nobile 'Treneague' or Thymus serpyllum 'minor'. I understand that the Chamomile can be bought and laid as turfs and that the creeping Thyme can be planted as plants. We (clients and I) may well decide to go with a combination of both conventional lawn and do some inter-planting with these alternative ground cover plants.

The space available for planting lawn is 30 square metres. The garden has a south-west aspect and the current quality of the soil needs improving, still has small bits of builders rubble from landscaping work recently carried out.

Has anyone any experiences they can share with me please? Successes and challenges..

I look forward to hearing from you.


Judi.. :-)

  • Posted: Sun. 7th April 2013 20:01

Re: Thymus

Message from Buy-Trees-Online.co.uk

In forum: Thymus serpyllum 'Magic Carpet'

I am going to try sowing seed into miniplugs which should fit in the gaps easily, but I have heard thyme does not grow well from seed. I also am going to try other ground herbs. Fancy an experiment?

  • Posted: Fri. 4th January 2013 13:00


Question from Catherine Tanser

In forum: Thymus serpyllum 'Magic Carpet'

In November my gardener thought she was doing me a big favour by clearing all the grass and weeds from the gaps in the paving slabs of garden path. I have been trying for years to fill these gaps with thyme. Much of the thyme was cleared with the weeds! It was late afternoon, so the thyme wasn't seen. So I'm wondering how I could plant a lot of thyme at once by purchasing 20 or 30 plug pots. Does anyone know if these can be bought OR, would it be best to sow seed in situ?

  • Posted: Thu. 3rd January 2013 12:30

Re: Ideas as to what to plant appreciated

Message from Allot-a-fun-ment

In forum: Garden design

I understand Patricia's suggestion of Thyme, but feel you'd need to buy really decent sized plants to make an instant impact and well, it'd all just be Thyme.

I would personally suggest for interest all year round - depending on how long it takes for your house to sell - that you invest in four shrubs spaced out evenly starting 0.5m in from either end.

Widely available evergreen shrubs that I would suggest are Pittosporum Tom Thumb (lovely purple mature leaves with bright green juvenile leaves which turn purple, lovely plant), Pieris (various to choose from), Skimmia (various to choose from), Hebe (various to choose from) and perhaps an Aucuba. Mix them up depending on the cultivar you buy and you'll have a lovely mix of colour and texture. Buy 5-10ltr plants to give instant impact. Although these plants will need pruning in roughly 1-2 years, they are low maintenance and look good all year round. Commonly used by landscapers and professional gardeners so will give a professionally planted look to your border.

Dig a hole for each (allowing for the top of the root ball to sit roughly an inch below the eventual surface) and add a spade full of compost into the hole dug. Pop the plant in, level off and check you've put their best side facing outwards then cover with the dug out soil - press well in or gently heel in. Water in well with roughly one regular water can full each.

Add a top layer of decent quality bark mulch for weed suppressent, water retention and a professional finish.

For the plants - retail - plus a bag of compost and a bag of decent mulch, it shouldn't cost you more than £55-100.

It'll definitely give your house the edge providing the rest of the front garden area is well kept.

Good luck

  • Posted: Mon. 6th August 2012 22:16

Re: Ideas as to what to plant appreciated

Message from Patricia Jones

In forum: Garden design

Thyme would look neat and have a lovely scent. Need no maintenance apart from shearing off the spent flowers at the end of the season to keep them tidy, they are evergreen so will look smart all year round.You could pick a few different ones to give interest.

  • Posted: Tue. 12th June 2012 16:22

Re: Shallow soil vegetable gardening

Message from O Larry

In forum: Edible gardening

You are right and many thanks but what about the issue of partial sunlight. The soil is always moist/wet. I have thyme, oregano, chives and even chinese leaves like Pak 'choy growing on it. However I'm looking to add edible vegetables with not too intensive care. Any specific suggestions?

  • Posted: Wed. 18th April 2012 21:41

Re: Re: Using Plant lists in garden design

Message from Carol

In forum: How to use the site

Hi Nicola: I haven't got in to dividing up my list into my garden areas yet, but I do quite a lot of 'echoing' from one part of the garden to another. It's a great way to try different combinations and to use the plants that I know perform well. For example, I have irises and tulips all over the place, and hardy geraniums, sweet woodruff, bugle and lambs ears acting as ground cover in more than one area. I even have sage and thyme as decorative elements in distant borders as well as productive plants in the herb bank. So I would find this feature useful. That makes at least two of us!

  • Posted: Fri. 2nd December 2011 09:41

Re: Ground cover

Message from Linda Regel

In forum: Garden design

Herbs would be good - thyme, oregano, marjoram, sage - all grow naturally on south facing banks and spread quickly - will look good for a long period, attract insects and you can eat them too!

  • Posted: Fri. 4th November 2011 15:32