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16/06/2013 at 21:57

Thanks for answering the query about the autumn crocus Marion. I think she may have tried contacting various people 

A geranium in this garden has just started flowering - I was hoping it wouldn't be the common 'birthday cake pink' one that's everywhere here. Fortunately it's a deep violet one. Came out very blue on the camera so I adjusted it a bit on the site. Still a bit pale but here it is:


16/06/2013 at 22:02

That's a lovely plant fidget.  Is it hardy enough to grow up here in Scotland? It looks very delicate  - beautiful anyway 

16/06/2013 at 22:10

It survived - 15c here a couple of years ago. A large phormium in the same bed died and so did my Daphne bholua .  I do mulch it in winter with some compost but that is mainly so I know where it is. It's a member of the ginger family, I think, but  I think it looks a lot like an orchid. It seems to thrive on neglect. I moved it when the Euphorbia grifithii threatened to smother it.

16/06/2013 at 22:19

Do you know what that geranium is Fairygirl?  I have some I grew from a packet of mixed seed last year that have flowered for the first time in the shady bed under the oak. I have no idea what they are.


16/06/2013 at 22:24

Singy the red and white Sweet William are the first to flower of my mant clumps of them because they are in a corner of one of my raised beds which are warmer than my borders.  In July you will see them in all hues round the garden in my pictures.  They are so easy if you treat them as perennials and keep sticking cuttings straight in the ground.  I started with a packet of seed aout ten years ago.

16/06/2013 at 22:26
fidgetbones wrote (see)

No, Nut. I've moved it once, and split it to give some to my mum (backup plants)

 It dies down each year to small tubers a bit like dahlias. The main problem is that is doesn't start to grow until may, so early weeding results in a fork being put through it.

 This is a cluster of about 6 plants.  I will probably split the larger clump up again this autumn.  I seem to have lost the purple version.


I'd always assumed it wasn't very hardy as it looks so exotic. Late appearance is always risky. Arisaemas disappear, whether they die or come out with the weeds I don't know. 

16/06/2013 at 22:59

Fidget no idea what the geranium is but it has quite distinctive crinkly leaves. Will get a pic tomorrow and put it on. There's a huge clump of it anyway. I may try and have a look online and see if I can find out which variety it is. That second geranium pic you have looks very like the pink one we get round here. Don't know it's name though!

That plant you have does look very orchid-y! Lovely.

18/06/2013 at 21:42

Some pictures taken this evening


The first pea

Not been our there very much, but it feels like its looking after itself

18/06/2013 at 22:00

I've just come in after an hours watering. Just  before dusk, and very humid. The sweet rocket are glowing, as most of them are white. Some of the foxgloves are pale and they stand out too. The honeysuckle (Graham Thomas) smells gorgeous over the pergola, just started flowering. The roscoea has more flowers out.  The swifts are buzzing around overhead,catching insects.  In the dusk you can't see the weeds.  Bliss.

18/06/2013 at 22:05

It's a lovely time fidgetbones


18/06/2013 at 22:17


Hollie another faboulous garden. Love the views up the path.

I was surprised that all the sweetpeas on one wigwam were white ( not that there are many yet) then I remembered that one packet of seeds were all white

 I am really pleased with a new clematis, I only got it as a plug earlier in the year but the flowers look lovely next to the Dr Rupple



18/06/2013 at 22:21

hollie - love the way the sun's just dropping below the roof in that first looks happy 

Just remembered about the geranium  which fidget was asking about. Here's a pic showing the leaves. Not sure if the 'crinkliness' shows up very well though.

 Bit blurry that photo -sorry

18/06/2013 at 22:22

Just before I came in 3 swifts came very low and swooped through a low part of a hedge (just as I stood up from weeding) passing just a couple of feet over my head  - they are quite big birds when you see them up close and coming straight at you!   About 18" wingspan I would guess.

18/06/2013 at 22:26

Did you move 'swiftly' Bob..


18/06/2013 at 22:30

Hollie hock, I love those evening pics, especially the first one

Bev, what is that little clematis, looks very interesting

18/06/2013 at 22:47
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Hollie hock, I love those evening pics, especially the first one

Bev, what is that little clematis, looks very interesting



19/06/2013 at 03:49

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19/06/2013 at 07:53

HollieH, that first picture is quite magical; what a beautiful garden

 Verbascum Clemantine; I posted it when it first started flowering, but it has exceeded itself now!

 The rose; Compassion, I wish I could transmit the scent too.

 Delphinium; no idea which one, it is actually royal blue but my camera does not register blues very well.

19/06/2013 at 08:16

That Clementine is beautiful artjak, I'm going to write the name down this time