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Alexia Ballance's forum posts

Total number of forum posts: 45


Re: What are these plants? GW Magazine.

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

The low plants are bacopa and new guinea impatiens, which is related to but needs warmer conditions than the traditional busy lizzie. But the good news is that new guinea ones dont get the nasty disease that ruins the ordinary type now.

  • Posted: Thu. 2nd January 2014 20:45

Re: Moving Penstemons.

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

I suggest that in spring you cut it back by half to reduce its water needs, dig up with as much root as possible and replant it whole, having mixed some compost into the soil first. Good luck, Alexia

  • Posted: Thu. 2nd January 2014 20:36

Re: Lawn edging materials

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

I've used everedge. Quite easy to use in straight runs but i find it difficult to bend to a good curve. Solid, smart and I'm sure it will last a very long time. I'll use it again next time I need a straight edge.
I haven't used smartedge.

  • Posted: Wed. 27th November 2013 22:20

Re: Help to identify this plant?

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Have you got a photo. I can't see one!

  • Posted: Wed. 27th November 2013 22:18

Re: Re: Re: White inflorescence, 5-petaled flowers, opposite? lanceolate leaves

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

You're right. Looking again on a larger screen I can see it more clearly and I don't know what I was thinking! Definitely white valerian. Sorry to waste your time!

  • Posted: Wed. 20th November 2013 17:40

Re: Feeding a water-lily

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

It may help to mix the fertiliser into a ball of clay and put that in a hessian bag of aquatic compost around the roots. The roots will enter the clay and access the nutrients there, rather than them leaching into the water.

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 23:26

Re: Is this a potentilla?

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Was the foliage silvery? I cant quite tell from the photo. Of so I think it's Lotus hirsutus.

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 23:15

Re: What's happening in my garden!

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

The buddleja problem is probably caused by caterpilars. If it bothers you, look out for the damage next summer and at first sight spray with insecticide if you must, or pick off the blighters if you dare!

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 22:42

Re: Liquidambar

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

I'm sorry to tell you but this doesn't look good. The bark appears to be completely missing in places - is that the case? If so, that bark won't regrow. When bark is missing aound most of the trunk, the tree will die.

Another bad sign is the lichen on the trunk - it only grows on bark that's stopped growing, or almost stopped. That's another sign of a fading tree.

So enjoy it while you can and plan to replace it in the next few years!

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 22:35

Re: White inflorescence, 5-petaled flowers, opposite? lanceolate leaves

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

I don't think it is valerian. Perhaps star jasmine, trachelospermum jasminoides?

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 22:19