I bought a purple loosestrife
(Lythrum salicaria 'Robert')
from Cowell's garden centre.
These are rather lovely plants that attract lots of bees
and I am hoping that they will do well in the very moist conditions in the garden.
Here it is in its pot.
I eventually decided to plant it between the cordyline and the second
pheasant berry bush.
Yes, there is not much to see at the moment.
I can only recall ever seeing one of these in the wild, which when I
lived in Carshalton.
I took a couple of pictures at the time (2012).
I received this newsletter
showing the bright pink of a hazel flower.
Seeing it I realised that this was exactly what I saw and took a
picture of earlier.
Here is a more recent clearer picture.
The first crocus flowers have appeared. The yellow one is in the
trough container that I brought with me.
The blue/purple one is one of the ones that was already in the garden.
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This is a roundup of what happened in the garden during February.
Don't forget I have just moved in and am seeing the plants grow for the
first time, having to guess at what plants are from last years dead
foliage and the new shoots.
There was about two whole weeks of dry weather during the month.
The lawn almost dried out! Well not really - the center and right part
was still quite soggy.
Then it rained for a whole day and everything was saturated again.
Daffodils have flower buds but they have not opened yet.
There are montbretia sprouting everywhere, with leaves up to a couple
Of the bulbs that I planted, several tulips are coming up, and there
are a couple of either bluebells or muscari. The photo shows one and
The crocuses were not out, one is about to flower and …
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Well this is surprising, I'd never even heard of the Periwinkle (as a
plant, rather than a sea snail) and now I have a flower that looks very much like a
But it is not on the plant in the recent article Maybe Periwinkle? .
Anyway first here is the flower. It is quite small no more than a
centimeter across. It is the only one on the plant and there are no
obvious other buds either.
So this is another spreading plant with much smaller leaves that are
variegated light green and white. It is by the side of the house at the
bottom of the picture below.
It is also spreading by rooting wherever it touches the soil.
This one looks easier to keep under control, but only because it is
more accessible and not mixed up in any other plants.
Since the photo was taken I've …
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I bought some bags of bulbs cheap at the beginning of January and
planted them. I've been waiting for some to show. As it turns out
there were many bulbs already planted in places where I planted my
own, which makes it difficult to tell what is what.
The ones I planted are English Bluebells, Muscari and Tulips.
I also planted a single Allium.
There are now a few shoots that I am reasonable certain are from the
batches I planted.
The first look like it might be a tulip, although it may be a bit
early to tell.
This also looks like it could be one.
This is the Allium. Not a very good picture of it. I partially
excavated it to check up on it as I had forgotten exactly where I
Both Muscari and Bluebells look a bit like this, I am going to guess …
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Shoots of what I am thinking is a catmint. Certainly looks like a
This is growing from the plant that I believe is the Lady's Mantel.
Shoots growing on a climbing vine. Don't know what this is yet.
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I've been trying to find out what the evergreen creeping plant
was. This one here:
It looks like it is going to be a lot of trouble and so I've already
removed a lot of it. I am sure it will grow back again though.
After doing a lot of searches an looking at a lot of pictures I've
finally hit upon something that I think it might be.
So it seems to fit the description of
or the lesser periwinkle.
From that article its features are:
- Trailing - yes
- Rooting along the stems - yes, as I was pulling it up it was
clearly rooting where a stem hit the ground.
- Not climbing or twining - yes its not attached to the fence or
wrapped around the branches of the nearby tree.
- Leaves evergreen - yes
- Leaves opposite - yes
- Leaves 2 to 4.5 cm - yes at the larger end of …