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Salino

oh ok, thank you cheery... I think it will be safe with me then... I'm looking forward now to getting some...

are we starting B's soon? I hope someone can tell me how to grow Baptisia Australis as I've tried and failed and it's such a lovely plant...

artjak

I love Abutilons, but they don't like the chill in the Fens. Also Alstroemeria, which I would like to try and grow; any tips about this gratefully received. Am also fascinated by Agaves and Aloes, but don't grow them.

Aconitums too for me...got soe beauties.
Salino.....I can tell you about Baptisia Australis.
A beautiful plant...inky blue spikes for weeks
It needs good...very good ..drainage and sunshine. Doesn't like being disturbed. Poor oil too.
Salino, where have you tried it? When? Best to plant in spring. For me, it just comes up every year, better and better each time. Let us know hw you get on
FloBear

Lovely idea, Bev. I don't think I can add anything but I'd like to say I love Astrantias - though haven't grown for a while as the slugs love them too  I also used to grow Acidanthera which islovely but I know it's called something different now.

Oakley Witch

I always thought that Astrantias were meant to be slug proof Flo?

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nutcutlet

It must be 'B' day

I'll see what I've got in the pics file

Oakley Witch

Bergamot...The red flowers can be made into tea which soothes the mind and aids sleep. The flowers can also be dried and used in potpourri as well as a sachet under your pillow. Too much use can cause the skin to become photosensitive though.

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 We have buttercups

figrat
Brugmansia in pots for that divine scent.
figrat
Beans - broad, French, Borlotti and runner.
Salino
Verdun wrote (see)
Aconitums too for me...got soe beauties.
Salino.....I can tell you about Baptisia Australis.
A beautiful plant...inky blue spikes for weeks
It needs good...very good ..drainage and sunshine. Doesn't like being disturbed. Poor oil too.
Salino, where have you tried it? When? Best to plant in spring. For me, it just comes up every year, better and better each time. Let us know hw you get on

..thank you verdun, I'm going to get one.   I grew it on heavy clay in the west country and it got wet and damp and slug eaten, eventually disappearing without trace....

I have a better drained garden these days in the East so I'm going to order one.  £4.99 from Crocus which isn't bad... 

I notice we are on B's.  I have a couple of little Berberis plants I might put up later, and wonder if anyone else is growing them...

I ask if perhaps we can also merge A's and B's in case we forget any, and then perhaps C's with D's and suchlike,  as I'd like to corrupt the thread a little and add a couple more A's...

Anthemis 'E.C. Buxton', a plant I just can't do without for midsummer...


Azalea 'Mother's Day', this really stands out, a stunning red I think, for mid-May..


 I do hope you like them...

 

Cheerypeabrain

Exquisute Salino....I particularly like the anthemis. Not grown that before...I googled and see that it sometimes has scented foliage...does this one?

Salino

ooh, I don't know about that cheery, I shall have to check that one later... obviously not something I've noticed so far - I shall stick my nose in it, in due course...

I'm glad you like the photos...

Berberis 'Pow Wow'... a lovely little dwarf shrub that dazzles in Spring with it's bright yellow small leaves with little red flower buds.  It's a dullish green in summer but with autumn colour and some red berries it comes alive again at that time....


 

 

Fairygirl

CPB- I grew Anthemis E.C.Buxton many years ago but I don't remember it being scented. It was during my 'cottage garden' phase which was short lived as I was wooed by geometry, phormiums  and Italianate design!

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Cheerypeabrain

well....imo you can't have decent summer in the garden without bumblebees....

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/Cheerypeabrain/Wildlife/19thJuly2011030.jpg

 

Plant wise one of my favourite 'B's are bananas

 

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/Cheerypeabrain/2008/4thAugust2008jungle.jpg

this cluster was nobbled by the winter of 2010 :-/ I'd had the original plant for many years...bought as a 6" seedling from The Lost Gardens of Heligan...my favourite place in the whole world....

Cheerypeabrain

Thanks Fairygirl...altho it's right purty so I may have a go anyway. I think we all go through different phases as we learn what we like best...I think my exotics phase is just about over...but I have retained a love of ferns and large glossy leaves....

 

I don;t think I've ever been through a cottage garden phase...

Cheerypeabrain

Thanks Fairygirl...altho it's right purty so I may have a go anyway. I think we all go through different phases as we learn what we like best...I think my exotics phase is just about over...but I have retained a love of ferns and large glossy leaves....

 

I don;t think I've ever been through a cottage garden phase...oOooOoooh....

happymarion

Oh, thank you, Salino.  Yes A for Arlington Court and their Azaleas.  Here they are last year on 10th May.