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Wasn't my post, but looked like a sparrowhawk - i'm sure GF will confirm
Heather Michaels

It is definitely a sparrowhawk. Looks like the female as it seems browner in colour and larger but it could just be the pic. Males are smaller and bluer in colour. I get quite a few in my garden, they are breaktakingly beautiful but quicker than a speeding bullet, they're a blur when they're coming in for a take. If they sit still long enough you can appreciate just how beautiful they are. A female sparrowhawk took off from the ground in my garden the other day and flew off very slowly just above my head (if they're not attacking they're very graceful birds) but that was a little scary I have to say, you realise just how long and large their talons are!


Star at the minute is this viticella clematis Purpurea Plena Elegans - I cut this one completely down to the ground every year.  All of those dahlias were grown from seed this year - lovely cheery things.


Nice scene bob....will you save all those dahlias?


What a lovely picture - my kind of garden.  Will be trying dahlias from seed myself next year - seems a better bet than fiddling round with storing tubers



I'll lift the red one, Verdun, but the others will have to take their chances - 50/50 judging by previous years (providing I keep the slugs off, otherwise it's zero!) 

Chicky, I find them easy from seed but do raise them in the conservatory as the seedlings are very sensitive to cold and snuff it even at the mere mention of frost!  I grow them on to be quite large plants (12" tall in 5" pots) before planting out.

Thanks for the kind comments - late clematis, dahlias, cosmos and geranium wallichainum are the mainstays in my garden for colour from now to the frosts.

Photo taken a couple of weeks ago so lillies have now almost finished but the begonias still look the same. I have moved the brush & bucket since! Hope this photo works I haven't done this before.



 More begonias this time in the ground

Looks great Christine.  Lots of hard work there but now the rewards!


Worked beautifully, Christine 28.  Lovely show from your begonias.


Beautiful bob.

lovely Christine, my neighbour has orange begonias and said they were very difficult to grow, she lost one of the baskets, the other is great.


Thank you for your lovely comments. It doesn't feel like hard work as we enjoy doing it so much. My husband loves growing begonias, the greenhouse is full of them. The plants outside we laughingly call "rejects" basically they are cutting which he has taken and doesn't have room for inside. Now I have leant how to upload photos I will add a few more. The first 2 are inside the greenhouse the third one is the view from the conservatory. All 3 were taken 2 to 3 weeks ago. The lilies,astilbies and alchemila have finished but the begonias seem to outast everything else.






Lovely colours from those begonias.  The only ones I grow are the Bonfire cascading types.  Very long flowering amd easy.  Small vivid red or orange flowers upright then cascading.  Brilliant show

Thank you. We have been pleased with them this year.

The potty gardener

Bob and Christine great pics.M.ybegonias too a while to get going but are still looking great



A freebie packet of aster seeds has given me the stars in my garden this week.






Lovely Marion - didn't know you could grow asters from seed - might try that next year.

Here are my current stars:

 They trick me into thinking spring is here already.

Excuse the hay - OH mowed the meadow, and it seemed to get sprayed liberally over everything.  Big session with a rake needed next weekend.


For great germination. Chicky ,there is nothing to beat zinnias and asters.  I was running out of places to put them and you know what a huge garden I have.  result   many of them found a home in pots with seedling shrubs and trees already in them!   Are your lovely crocus speciosus?

No they are naked ladies (she said with a blush!)

I sowed asters twice this spring, but nothing happened. I sowed in trays in the GH just like the zinnias, French marigolds and petunias. Have you any tips, Marion, or was it a duff packet of seeds?