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09/05/2013 at 07:25

Chicky- fairy toadflax..don't you know- I was found-underneath a clump of it.....

Magnolia 'stellata'- absolutely.

Mahonia-very useful shrub.

Malus-'John Downie' and 'Golden Hornet' and the shuttlecock fern 'Matteuccia'.

09/05/2013 at 09:38

Matty, lunaria is honesty. Confusing!

09/05/2013 at 21:45

Mesembryanthemum- another I'm trying to grow from seed for the first time this year.

Magnolia I love them but have never had one.

Busy-Lizzie I didn't realise you were spending any time in Newhaven. Thought you would just drive through like most people do lol. Paradise park is my local GC.

09/05/2013 at 21:59

You might have bumped into one another without knowing !!

Strange, this internet lark

09/05/2013 at 23:21

Hi Bev! We were staying in Eastbourne so we drove through more than once, went to Alfriston and Lewes. I thought of you and your pretty window boxes. The day we went to the GC it was pouring with rain so we left before I'd finished looking. We'll be back 2nd half of June and hopefully do some garden visiting.

10/05/2013 at 14:39

Magnolia is lovely in other people's gardens but I've never wanted one. Mahonia smells gorgeous but I don't want one again. Malus, as in apple trees, beautiful, my blossom is almost open.


10/05/2013 at 15:05

...^yes, nowadays I like to see Magnolia's in other people's gardens too, although Stellata is so gorgeous for smaller plots... when in Cornwall I had a 'soulangiana' Magnolia and grew a climbing rose called 'Blairii No. 2' through it....


I used to live near Eastbourne and frequently went shopping in the town, I loved it there, some beautiful garden terraces all along the promenade.. don't know if you saw them...

Alfriston was a village we used to visit a lot, lovely little place, great kitchen shop and cafe's... cakes..!!... not to mention being at the foot of the South Downs, we used to go rambling from there, straight up the south downs way footpath... I think I know every path..... we used to go all over.... I miss it very much - chalk downlands at this time of year are so wonderful -... and never really sloshy underfoot even after rain...


10/05/2013 at 15:13

I have just planted 2 magnolias - stellata and soulangea- and I already have 'Leanard Messell' I do love them and I have the space.

In the last house a mature soulangea was right by the front door and the perfume used to drift inside. we used to leave the petals on the pathway as when walked on the perfume came again (blow H&S). In summer I grew Clematis rehdiriana through it and the flower clusters used to drip off it,

10/05/2013 at 15:29

I love my Leonard Messel too. Matty they are going to the Malvern Show on GW tonight. Aren't you going this w/e?

Salino, my OH has a flat in Eastbourne, above his daughter's so it's our holiday place. (my 2nd OH, widowed)

10/05/2013 at 15:41

Yes it's on this weekend. Way things look it will be Suday when we go 

10/05/2013 at 20:05

So is that M for Malvern show? 

and M for Monty

10/05/2013 at 20:06

10/05/2013 at 22:49
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

I love my Leonard Messel too. Matty they are going to the Malvern Show on GW tonight. Aren't you going this w/e?

Salino, my OH has a flat in Eastbourne, above his daughter's so it's our holiday place. (my 2nd OH, widowed)

...that's nice...  it's supposed to be the sunniest place in the country...

11/05/2013 at 21:19

N is for                                                                                             


11/05/2013 at 21:26

I have just planted 7 nicotiana mutabilis - all the flowers are supposed to come a different colour. Was at shows last year, 

narcissus - when I was young there were daffodils and the small narcissus, now they all go under the same heading (officially)

Just planted a nandina domestica

Google pic.

11/05/2013 at 21:34

and all the narcissi

 and Nonea lutea, Doesn't look much but the bees love it.


11/05/2013 at 23:17

Nigella, love it's other name "Love in a Mist". Romantic. I sowed it (and other flowers) in the veg garden for my daughter's wedding in 2005 and it still pops up, even though the earth has been rotavated.


13/05/2013 at 10:28

Nasturtiums - I have alovely deep red one but this year theseeds don't seem to have germinated. Also a variegated leaf one.

Easy (usually) to grow and always cheerful to look at.

13/05/2013 at 10:38

I sowed some Nigella yesterday- hope it looks as lovely as yours Lizzie.


O is for Osteospermum. I have some that my bil dug up from his garden about five years back. It was a straggly little piece. Itcomes back every year and is lovely. Only problem it is the sort that only opens up in the sunshine.

13/05/2013 at 14:50

Oh good O

Ilove the bright blus of Ompholodes verna

 Not so sure about the prickles on this one

Onopordum acanthium