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31/10/2013 at 20:20

Glad the poppy is now in flower KEF Still got some colour going on, rudebekias, a few snapdragons, clary sage and the verbenas bon. Enjoy your new composter Sarah, mines called monty

31/10/2013 at 21:09

My dicentras think it is Spring again.

01/11/2013 at 10:52

I bought this little Tiarella recently- 'Cygnet' to go in a shady border. 

Lovely foliage and flowers


01/11/2013 at 16:52

KEF, I also grow  miscanthus  Gold Bar.  It's an improvement on Zebrinus being more compact and more vivid horizontal bars on the leaf.  I grow both but I prefer the newer one.   To grow grasses you clearly have excellent taste KEF 

Fairy, I'm beginning now to like tiarellas a lot more now. I grow skyrocket and pink bouquet.  Must get few more.  Yours looks happy there 

01/11/2013 at 20:51

Verd. I don't do grasses...

01/11/2013 at 23:14

Woody, woody, woody!   Grasses are such wonderful plants creating subtle gentle movement, structure and height.  Try a you will become addicted to them.  Try a deschampsia ....medium height with billowing flower heads all Summer.

Been meaning to ask you if you would start a thread about alpines woody.  I'm sure it would be well received. 

02/11/2013 at 09:24

I don't do grasses either. Verdun won't be shocked, he knows already! Only one I like, a red pennisetum, died. I like flowers in flower beds.

02/11/2013 at 09:37

polyanthus still doing their best to brighten a dull patch.


02/11/2013 at 10:32

The problem with grasses for me is that I didn't think of them when I designed the various beds/layout. I think they need careful thought when using in your design, not just plonking them in a gap that you might have. For me I would want to clear an existing bed, or start a new one and grow grasses as part of a plan, rather than an afterthought. To do this would need a "mad" moment to get me started. 

As to Alpines, I am mulling at the moment.

02/11/2013 at 11:33

Liked alpines when we lived in Kent, there was a good GC for them nearby. I had a rockery and when the Gardeners Show was on in the village I used to do miniature flower arrangements in sea shells. Sometimes won!

02/11/2013 at 11:38

Michaelmas Diasies in full flower at the moment,brightening up the garden.Still have Cosmos flowering and in bud.

09/06/2014 at 22:14

My stars are roses, but some are nearly over now. Sweet Williams are making a bright red cheerful patch with blue delphiniums behind them.

09/06/2014 at 22:41

I have to say the bee's are. I plant for scent and bee's and this year I have all different species and in good numbers too.

09/06/2014 at 22:49

That's good to hear Muvs.

09/06/2014 at 22:58

Bees for me too 

From the moment they returned to swarm over the cotoneaster to  their daily presence on the hardy geraniums, chives, scabious, delphinium they bring the garden to life.

09/06/2014 at 23:03

damsel flies are good here at the moment and I saw one demoiselle today. We don't get many of those.


09/06/2014 at 23:48

The stars of my garden right now are the lupins, anemome wild swans and the hostas.   

10/06/2014 at 04:57

 The star changes from day to day now, everything is changing so fast.

Todays star is Roscoea cautleoides Kew Beauty.

10/06/2014 at 07:51

clematis recta-wonderful burgundy foliage, long bloom, pest free-has a tendency to tilt,i girdle it early with hogwire on the downwind side 

10/06/2014 at 07:53

Oops I don't do grasses either! Best in my garden are peonies and iceberg climbing rose, hoping other roses will join in ASAP!