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08/09/2013 at 15:53

Sorry I havn't got a pic,  I have Leycesteria Golden Lanterns the berries show up much more than on the type

08/09/2013 at 16:24

These are those Pom Pom dahlias, won't grow again as poor bees can't get at the pollen. Bargain at Though though for £1.50

Can anyone tell me what this is, please? I bought it two years ago and I really like it. I have taken sections for other parts of the garden too.

Dahlia still doing well.

 Two more heads to come out yet.


08/09/2013 at 18:22

 This was my garden of the garden I bought from the malvern show

08/09/2013 at 18:24

 This is the star of my garden now 

08/09/2013 at 18:49

Oh, what beautiful pictures! I will endeavour to grow something more adventurous next year

08/09/2013 at 20:06

Haisie and Tracy  - great pics - wonderful colours.

Haisie, I love the pink pom poms.  My philosophy is that as long as you have some plants that the bees love, you can treat yourself to couple that are just for you !!

08/09/2013 at 20:15

Ah, thanks chicky, but I got frustrated watching the bees try and because I have only the white dahlia as well, the bees seemed hungry. Next year, I will splash out on proper dahlias and not just bargains from B & Q as now I know how much insects love them. But the white one was a star for attracting bees.

08/09/2013 at 20:31

Haisie, why not browse the catalogues online and select what varieties you want.  As chicky says, grow "just for you".   You can choose style, colour, double, single, tall or short to fit in with exactly what ??ou want.  I often do that and when the small tubers arrive in early spring I pot them up ASAP.   Repot few weeks later, feeding well then. And plant our in early summer as fairly large plants

08/09/2013 at 20:40

Thanks Verdun, which catalogues would you recommend, please? Do you pot them in tarracota and then on to bigger pots? The B&Q pots that they do a tuber in, I now know that they are not big enough, although good quality, thick pots they are.

08/09/2013 at 20:56

Dahlias aren't really a regular hunting ground for me.  Sure there are some experts here.  However,  Why not check out one or two.  My favourites though are Honka, a simple single star shaped yellow, Twyings After Eight an almost black foliaged white single flowerer, Clair de lune another single creamy yellow, and the Bishop of Llandaff.  

I grow several in pots and in the ground.  For pots, for summer display, you dont need expensive ones.  I grow in pots prob 40 to 60 cm across and deep.  

08/09/2013 at 21:01

I am going to buy a notebook tomorrow and I am going to start writing a gardening to do list. thank you Verdun.

09/09/2013 at 16:54

Haisie and Tracy both of you have really wonderful pics. They look like ones that are published in books

09/09/2013 at 17:05

And todays star is Molineux, a David Austin rose, just outside my kitchen door and the best its been all year at the moment. I was hoping it would show the other star which was raindrops as we have not had a lot of rain but don't think it shows. Just clicked on picture to enlarge and there are the raindrops YAY


I always a have a notebook, jot down things from the forums, from GW, from catalogues and  the advice I am given specially regards plants from anyone. Never without one, one in handbag and one by computer. They have my to do lists as well as does my lap top desktop as it has sticky notes on screen

Also keep a record (computer) of what is planted and where and any special care needed.

(Garden nerd I know )

09/09/2013 at 20:52

Lovely matty2, I always 'intend' to keep a notebook...

09/09/2013 at 22:37

What a lovely colour rose

i keep notebooks about the garden - I hate it when I can't remember the name of a plant.  Slightly OCD, but I'm like that about most things.  Have lists all over the place too - then all I have left to remember is where I put the list.

10/09/2013 at 15:21


 and these trailing geraniums are doing very well still... i take cutting from them each year to make sure i dont lose them.. they mix togther so well..




10/09/2013 at 15:32

i took some of bees today as one bubble bee as gigantic.. it was about 2 ins long.. but the pictures are not too good sorry as very windy and all kept moving about





 then one of these swooped in....



 and this is all that was left of a pegion....





10/09/2013 at 20:18

Oh dear

11/09/2013 at 11:22

i know chicky.. was rather something.. i stayed behind the bushes so as not to frighten it off or it leaves the bird and i dont like clearing it up..

11/09/2013 at 12:05

What bird is that Chicky?