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Stacey Docherty

I reckon put some yellow and orange with those blues and it will look fab!!!! I like clash

Busy Bee2

Oh yes, totally.  Just not with each other.  Meconopsis would look lovely with marigolds!

Blue can look subtle too.  Classy colour ....if true blue. 

Stacey- they look good healthy seedlings. Mine are starting to shoot. They are sitting in the lounge by the window. Obviously the heat has helped 


Busy bee, so much to envy you for, but your grapes I can't even get sour ones, you lucky thing (sorreeee, couldn't resist. shall i get me 'at)

Verdun, i did so not actually really swear at you. If I add amazing pork crackling to the yorkie puds will you love me again?

Can I add access to any farmyard poo to my list of envy? And Edd's knowledge of composting and worms. But it won't be envy when you start that new thread, WILL IT, EDD??? not that I'm nagging or anything


Orchid Lady

I must admit to not being a fan of 'true' blue flowers usually, although I do love flowers such as bluebells (which are more purple).  However those blue ones above look beautiful and I think would go lovely with yellows or pinks, I've no idea what they are of course but they look pretty 

Gardenjeannie, you drive a hard bargain......but yes yorkie puds added to pork cracling will buy my total affection 

I would urge anyone to look at linum perenne, the blue flax, and not admire its true blueness   

This morning the scent from daff cheerfulness.....I have quite a few of amazing. 


Orchid Lady

Is that what the bottom picture is Verdun?  I will put it on my list for next year, I had better not buy any more this year 


My Himalayan blue poppies are just starting to emerge from the soil.

Here's my attempt to make you envious......My winter project turning this....


to this.....



Busy Bee2

Gardenjeannie - actually, we did get some sour grapes on the front of the house last year, but I think I have pruned the vine too late this year, and the sap will have been rising, so have probably made a grave error.  They were no use to man nor beast.  Even the birds didn't bother.  Tracie, if you meant the bottom picture of my four (cut and pasted from t'internet I hasten to add, not grown by yours truly!!) it is the mecanopsis.  From the top they are ceanothus (an amazing shrub/bush/tree which is covered in blue in early summer I think - I have failed to grow it both here and in another garden), the second is a gentian.  I have only ever seen one of these up in the Italian Alps - they are pretty rare I believe.  The third is just a hardy geranium (I think they will grow anywhere!), and the fourth is our subject for debate - the mecanopsis, which I think comes out April or May, but how would I know, since I have failed with it completely....!  BTW, in case any of you didn't see my other thread, here is the greenhouse so far....!


verdun, I totally agree about flax; it is the most wonderful blue, keeps on flowering for months flourishes in an area of poor dry soil and pops up year after year without being invasive; the perfect plant

star gaze lily

I'm envious, chris65, that looks great. Did you cut all those logs yourself or are they not real ones 


I have had a Mandarin duck on the pond this afternoon, envious or what?


Me, too, Chris65, that is going to look lovely once your plants fill it.

Oh, goody goody, Verdun, glad you still love me

Busybee, you might be lucky with your vine, fingers crossed. if so, hope you get better grapes this yr.

Yes, Doc, haven't seen one for years


Hello to all ...  enjoying this thread!

Busybee, just to "get your goat" I have to report that I managed to grow a dozen or so blue meconopsis sheldonii which are now nice sized plants and will be going in the border in a couple of weeks. Didn't do anything special ... just collected seed from one of my existing plants and sowed fresh. They came up quite quickly and have spent the winter in a coldframe. 

Oh ...  and I managed to get a record crop of honey from my bees last summer (500 lbs). Fingers crossed that we get another good summer. 

But .. I am totally envious of anyone with half decent soil! I have to seriously improve mine with copious amounts of compost / manure before I can plant anything. Digging a hole for a shrub requires a pickaxe. Still, good exercise!




envious of anyone with large south facing garden, still working out when sun catches my east and west back and front through year, envious of anyone with oh who shares love of gardening and v envious of anyone who doesn't get cripplingly sore back after an hours digging

Busy Bee2

Bee witched - you and I obviously live at opposite ends of the spectrum!  Perhaps sheldonii is the way to go.  We tried betanicafolia (I think - spelling probably dodgy here!)  And you got the seed for free.  Maybe I should look out for one at the GC.  I am hoping that last year's pitiful honey showing was down to the bees being moved 200 miles in the middle of the season and having to re-align themselves, also the queens being in their first year.  One of my hives seems to be marching forwards aggressively this spring, but I am worried about the other one.  When I went to check on whether they needed more fondant icing about a month ago, the crown board had got stuck in the roof, and as I lifted the roof, it dropped out, so I keep wondering if I squished the queen!  Need to go look when I can get round to putting a new zip in my space suit.  But we do have lovely crumbly dark soil that hasn't been waterlogged, full of well rotted manure, into which I ventured some carrot, lettuce, coriander and rocket seeds yesterday (am going to cloche them - realise it's a bit early for the latter two).



I have a large south facing garden, Louise, but it has terrible soil. Shallow clay on limestone rock, very alkali. First year all the plants in the veg garden were yellow and short and the roses needed sequestrene But that was 23 years ago. Now, after tons of manure, a big love of gardening, arthritic hands (too much weeding) it looks like this.

Have also had problems with deer eating my plants and roses, now this bit and the veg garden are fenced. Has bindweed too!

It was a bramble and nettle patch with a farmyard and knee deep grass in 1990.



I love blue plants.

Busy Bee2 I'm envious of your Ceanothus, had one some years ago, too exposed for it. Mum only 5mins away can even grow the variegated Californian Lilac.

As for blue Meconopsis, I have one that I bought last year, it's in a pot and I'm waiting to see if it is alive  having doubts.

Beewitched I'm not just green I'm emerald in colour. I've tried from bought seed and haven't even germinated any.

If it wasn't for Punkdoc being able to grow them I'd say they don't like S.Yorks.