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Pottiepam, I have had no luck at all with honeysuckle----even though there is a native form that grows here. Think it's my lack of moisture----they don't die, but don't thrive either. My neighbour 's down the hill is gorgeous.My mock orange has disappointing bloom and fragrance this year--but rampant growth due to all the rain earlier. I was out attacking it with the pruners yesterday.

Gary Hobson

Two weeks ago I posted this snap of my strawberry which had been green for several weeks...

We've had some sunshine in the past two days, and it has rippened...

Have now eaten strawberry. It tasted OK, but was not really sweet and juicy, a bit disappointing actually. All these snaps were taken yesterday afternoon too...

Lilies are beginning to bloom. This is Orange Art...

This is Forever Susan...

The pretty light blue plant in the centre is Malva Moschata...

 Rose of Sharon. A very reliable plant, and very popular with bees...

There were a surprisingly large number of butterflies about yesterday. The blue flower here is Field Scabious. I bought 2 of these as plugs from my GC in February, and planted in some long grass. You can barely see the flower in the grass, but butterflies managed to find it...

 Common Blue...

 Butterfly on blackberries (the white flowers are blackberry flowers)...



lovely lillies Gary.. loving the pics of butterflies..not seen any here for some time to windy at mo.. and rather wet..thou suppose to get warmer for the weekend so be outside doing so trimming and dead heading.. some of my cosmos have been broken in the wind last few days.. so have to go and stake them.. never normally have to with them 

i am so fed up with weather now i really am.. just want to go and sit outside and watch the garden while sipping wine in the evenings.. but no.. it is like winter dark wet and blooming cold of late.. the petals are being blown off before they get chance to open and all being battered over.. somethings still are not really flowering at all yet it is a wash out.

And i see the garden centres have also lost out as they have loads of summer bedding left and going at cheap price.. that is only ray of light.. must get up there and see what bargains i can get.. still got few holes to fill.

Miss Becks

I love that Orange Art Gary. So pretty. Shame about your first strawberry tasting. What variety Strawberry is it. Looks nice and big.

Gary Hobson

Not sure what variety of strawberry that is. I bought several varieties, a few years ago, and that's a mongrel runner, transplanted, with some others, into a large pot.

I was quiite surprised to see those butterflies, considering the reports of devastation in the press. Though I haven't seen any Peacocks, Red Admirals and similar, yet. There's still plenty of time.

The weather here (Warwickshire) had been really depressing, for weeks on end, but does appear to be on the change, and the forecast is a lot brighter.



Yep we are nearing the end of this month and for the next few days (fingers crossed) they are forecasting warm hot weather.. so i hope it lasts for some period of time or the plants will get all confused again.

Must say lot of my plants have flowered and ended already as weather bad.. so hopeing if i cut some downthey will go again..


Woke to pouring rain this morning----the only gardeining I'm doing today is digging a grave. My old cat, Deedlepuss Rex, will be crossing the Rainbow Bridge later today. The vet is coming here, so it should be peaceful.

Pottie Pam

So sorry Inkadog. The kindest owners know when their pet has come to the end of the road.

The vet came to me for my last dog and he went peacefully to sleep eating liver out of my hand.

Happy hunting Deedlepuss Rex over the Rainbow Bridge.

Pottie Pam

Just googled 'The Rainbow Bridge.'  Really beautiful but has made me cry. 


 We have had a great deal of birds which have been fabulous to watch, these our in our neighbours garden but next to our patio window.



Thank you, pottiepam. He has been a good friend for the past 17 years; he was a stray who adopted me when I was visiting near Los Angeles many years ago. I flew home with him, and he has had an excellent life here.


Lovely garden Chris9; love the beautiful stone work.


Hi Thanks the walling has only just been erected, the guys who did the hardlandscaping used the old walling and eco sleepers, we thought it was too good to ditch it gives it some character, we managed to get new walling for the other side which matches really well.  The Nasturtiams were seeded my yes myself! so pleased not seeded anything for years and they are looking lovely all over the garden in full bloom now, I  have the bug

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Just googled 'The Rainbow Bridge.'  Really beautiful but has made me cry. 

I sobbed never mind cry,  what a wonderful website I shall certainly go there again when I pull myself together,  my thoughts are with you Inkadog in your grief x x x x


Chin up Inkadog! 

Puddles only drying up in this garden and almost everything tall drooping or broken post rain.

But - the smaller things are beginning to perk up.

These Nonstop Mocca begonias never stop producing new blooms.  I wonder if they'll tire themselves out all at once.  I have them in pots and baskets.


Hebe 'Caledonia' - little 2ft one almost totally in bloom now.  Loved the rain.



Clematis 'Pink Fantasy' (think it's a low-growing one or they called it a 'miniature') is now opening and growing up the pruned privet and ivy.  On sunny days it looks a deeper pink - but during and after rain it's a kind of coral shade.


Jasmine is just starting to flower and perfume already lovely.


Funny stuff going on with some of the Sweet Peas.  Totty little buds on average 15" stems and the buds are mostly just falling off - except this 'Cupani'.  But surviving ones are mostly all long stems with just 2-3 flowers.  Disappointment this year but first time I didn't start them off in the ground and I think I wasn't that smart getting them toughened up at the cold frame stage maybe.


The tiny flower heads of the long-stemmed 'Emilia Irish Poet'.  I wasn't too successful growing them from seed and ended up with only a few.  Not enough to make any impact without having a nice big clump of them.  Startling colour all the same.


Bees are loving the Trifolium Ochroleucon (I've probably not the right spelling here - it's one I can never remember).  I just call them big white clovers instead.


The totty little baskets with Viola.  The yellow daisy type thing in the middle is in one of last year's wildflower tiny pots.  It was coincidence that something yellow came up in the middle of these two baskets.  It's a bit like Bill and Ben the Flowerpot men and Little Weed in the middle.




Pennine Petal
Lovely photos everyone, butterflies in short supply here, all but the little orange one.

Inkadog, Rocky the cat sends you a cuddle.
Deanos Diggin It

Hi Guys! @ Inka! My condolences! Yeah! ya do get so attached to the little critters, which is why when I lost my last dog a few years back, I made the decision not to go there again! Ripped my heart out!!! 

Back to Gardening! Had a full day pottering on the allotment today, all doing well n loved it! and we actually got some sunshine at last! Bonus! But need to pick ya brains guy's! Acquired a few plants from work on Friday, n as always, no lables! Can anybody help me out?



 Think 2 n 3 are the same! 

Pottie Pam

Hi Dean, Could they be oleander?


Deanos Diggin It

Cheers Pam! ain't got a clue! But cheers! it's a start! Google here we come!! 

Deanos Diggin It

Yeah! Ya Bang on Pam! Thanks for that! n jeez! I need to move house! these things get huge! Lol!! Thanks again!!