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I nominate my tree lilies in photo two


 Who ate all the pies / soz big lily bulbs 


A herbaceous clematis whose name I have forgotten but was a heracleifolia and had a fantastic scent. I don't think it will appear now


My hollyhocks . . . they haven't made an appearance this year . . . but then they have to battle through quite a few plants to make a show!

My Cycad (Jap. sago palm )..........left in the greenhouse too long resulting in  the flush of new fronds  - about 15 this time - being too soft and not developing fully.  As it only puts out new fronds annually, that's my lot til 2015 

Can't moan too much I suppose as several offsets are now rooted and putting up a frond each


Victoria Sponge


Just the stupid echinaceas again. They've got until autumn when I'm shuffling the front garden around to overwhelm me or they're gone.



KEF, I am surprised you did not mention your Meconopsis!

My Lupins have been dreadful, too lazy to do night time slug patrols. I am hopeful for my tree lupins for next year though. Seed raised this year, and already 2 foot tall.

Steve 309

I planted a few herbaceous perrenial bulbs, corms etc in the spring.  The gladioli have appeared but there's no sign of dahlias or red-hot pokers.  Still, the nasturtiums will cover the gaps...

Eremurus, my fault for not asking advice early enough and them being greedy on space. Watch this space next year though!
punkdoc wrote (see)

KEF, I am surprised you did not mention your Meconopsis!

They actually have got plenty of leaves Pdoc, just no flowers. Bronze medal for those. I have a candidate for silver will post another day, but up to now my Gold medal is for the lilies

Don't think an area of bare soil where Ladybird poppies were sown deserves any merit at all.

Steve 309

My ladybird poppies haven't grown either.  Maybe I should try taking them out of the packet....


Steve they would prob do as well in the packet


Steves just reminded me I must have planted up to 50 Lucifer Red Hot Pokers (kniphofia) last autumn.. I wanted them to go along the bases of the south facing dry stone walls both front and rear..


Dont think I have seen any sign of them whatsoever.. Probably got sold 50 squashed shallots.


Pictures of the failures would be fun  even if it is only an empty pot  

Not posting pics of my failures KEF.

My underachiever this year is my prize delphinium that was devastated by slugs n snails.  My fault.  It's position ensures early growing and flowering but I was caught by surprise and,,too late, it was eaten. Other delphiniums, smaller, are flowering though.

And my runner beans....normally they are 6' high now with flowers.  So far mine are 2 possibly 3' high.  Domt know why?  Not eaten.  Different and new variety for me though

Then my goosegogs.  No fruit at all.  My fault as I should have cast a net over them over winter to prevent bullfinches.

No doubt a summer performer will under achieve too but always something excels as well.  High hopes for so many plants soon 

Green Magpie

My parsnips have scarcely germinated (grand total of 9 so far, in three whole rows). My mange-tout have not all appeared, and many of those that did have been ravaged by weevils. Autumn raspberries look a bit slow but may come good. Dahlias have vanished without trace.

Hope this makes someone feel better!



Nicotiana affinis. sown and pricked out at the same time as the smaller plant Nicotiana langdorffii. The latter almost filling a three inch pot. The former not big enough to pot on.

Victoria Sponge
KEF wrote (see)

Pictures of the failures would be fun

 even if it is only an empty pot

Here's 4 of the underachievers. They were bought in 2012 as 1 litre plants.

 I was going to put it on the garden gallery thread but oh well...

a friend gave me a victorian tin seed box filled with all the seed packets you would need for a wonderful veg and flower garden. unfortunately she gave them to me in 1994. just rediscovered them this spring while excavating in the junk room- planted them all-so far out of 1000s of seeds one nasturtium has sprouted-hmmmm think they could be too old?


Only 20 year David, it went by in a flash

when I sowed some very old ones I got radishes, lots of them. None of anything else though


My under achiever this year is the under-gardener who failed to build a dam - but he doesn't give one.