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Colder.grey skies and quite windy here this morning,it has rained overnight which saves the morning watering rounds.
Runner beans are now needing picking every day and the french beans are so prolific I am giving some to my neighbours.
My clematis star this year has been Pilau,which I have had for several years,but this year it has been spectacular.climbing over two obelisks and a small trellis section.Double flowers of a dusky shade of pink.My all time favourite however is Nellie Moser(think thats how you spell it)mainly for sentimental reasons as it always grew over my Grandmothers cottage porch.
Morning all, miserable drizzly morning here today but like gillyl means no watering but the hose has been out... Went to put something in the bin and despite sealing all bags, using bin fresh and other things it was crawling with maggots they were all crawling over the drive.... Now I like nature and am tolerant of everything but maggots make my skin crawl think they are the only thing I won't tolerate... So I have already disinfected the drive and hosed it down most of the maggots on the grass now so hope the birds enjoy! My limited veterinary skills have paid off my chicken is all better today... Painting with monster today we have been constructing a paper mâché dragon all week!!! If I enter have a clever idea line that again someone slap me!! after verduns post last night about the ecinecea I have been wondering what to do should I dig them up and over winter them or just let nature take its course? I have decided to let nature take her course but I may help a little am going to cloche them over winter.... enjoy your day and garden whatever you are doing
I've just noticed (and maybe it's a by-product of the recent forum 'blips' ) but why is everyone putting hyphens between -every- word -on their- thread- titles!!!
Is it a new fashion ???
Dash it. We must stop that.
lol just noticed that fairy girl..... Verdun very good . Just moved 2 acanthus from The border and one from under my hydranger I bought it about 4 years ago from a plant stand outside a woman's house in Devon I love it but alas it has been v neglected.... Little monster has fallen asleep on the sofa my it's tough bring 2.5!!!! Also just dug up my gaura they weren't doing well either o potted them up for the winter might put them out front next year......so much reorganising....
Am I really first? After a night out and not in bed until 11.30pm.
Morning all. Not been out yet but weather looking okay. Won't be gardenening today another social event, living life in the fast lane
Gotta be quick to be 1st, have a good day all.
Morning all, are you all still asleep?
Verdun, ordered this hellebore yesterday, do you think the colour will come true? It's called "Hantay"
Would be great if it does, will have to wait and see.
Having a rest and shopping today, fog this morning but sun out now.
Hiya Swiss sue. Don't know that one. Been trying to get dark yellow hellebores for few years now. Got some good yellows with same markings as Hantay. I think you will find the pictures embellished just a tad......see what colour it is in the garden. Dark yellows are still not available yet as I understand it. Wanted a dark green double hellebore But gave it to a friend couple years back. It is not, in reality, so impressive. However, good luck and post a photo when it flowers. I shall be raiding your garden if it turns out like that
Going to add to my helenium collection this morning. Will have to remove a veronicastrum though that is looking wonderful. I have a better location for the veronicastrum.....I don't have the patience to wait until autumn to move it. Want to see it NOW in its new position!
Bit cloudy right now but sun will burst through.
Morning all. That hellebore is stunning. Wonder if they sell it in France. They are more expensive here than in England.
Weeding this morning, haven't done any in the flower garden for over a month. A friend is coming here this afternoon. Must tidy kitchen, looks a tip. I look at the post and magazines in the kitchen and I'm very bad at filing.
Steady on Verd!
Cloudy here and a little dampness but hoping it'll clear as I have some grass -well clover and buttercups- to cut. Front grass is looking smart though. Bit more to do with the shed base prep and I need to paint the back of it as well before it's moved or it won't get done -as I won't be able to get into it. Shifting the slabs for part of the base is a bit tough - they're rather heavy
KEF- you know how to live. A night out and in bed by 11.30....
BL that's the problem when people visit isn't it? My house is quite tidy and clean all the time but you always do a bit more in case they take a closer look!
Morning all, has your veronicastrum been attracting lots of bees Verdun. Was at Harlow Carr earlier in the week and theirs were absolutely covered, all very intent on their business.
Spent a lovely day at Bodnant yesterday, garden was still looking splendid, the roses where wonderful. Lots of new sections to the garden since I was last there. Definitely worth a visit.
Yes, veronicastrums are attracting the bees. Agastaches and heleniums too
Its difficult siting some plants..love spikes but they need to be alongside dumpy or mound forms. Often the experts say to put spikes next to grasses but that way neither looks distinct. Maybe there is a new thread here but too many spikes together look "flat".....got agastache summer sky at 5', miscamthus morning light at 5' and growing and veronicastrum fascination just a bit shorter in same area. Looks good but helenium the bishop is going to replace the Veronicastrum this pm. Bit fussy? Probably
Got friends coming soon so better get on with my plant movements
Hi Verdi. Agree- if all plants are the same height it looks nothingy. They need contrasting colours or foliage to make them work. If you like the prairie thing I suppose it's fine, but I often think they look uninspiring and wishy washy. I think most grasses need a good contrast or they disappear.
Prairie planting at Harlow Carr is excellent FG, they have big beds on a slope and look wonderful from the bottom of the slope. Will post some photos on gardens visited.
Afternoon all - been busy this morning visiting tree nurseries,taking pictures of the garden and watering. The time just flies by !
Delighted with my flower beds at the moment - been posting photos on other threads, but here is another one to brighten this page too!
The agastache are specially for Verdun. Not sure if I have exactly the right mix of spikes and mounds, but I'm liking the colours. In fact, think I am going to take a cup of tea out there and stare some more ......
PP- I'd agree it can look good on a big scale but in most gardens I don't think it works very well. I like good plants of any type to be able to hold their own which I don't feel prairie planting manages. Just my personal choice though!
Nice chicky. Nice subtle blends. Artistic, may I say?
The prairie planting only works with large scale open areas.
Well, I got veronicastrum out and helenium in ...without stamping on anything....
......and with the rudbekias in full flower, salvia uliginosa in full flower, frikartii monch flowering, anemone wild swan, leucanthemum broadway lights. (what a fresh treat this is) and cannas, grasses, and dahlias including twynings after eight, acteas now flowering, etc. etc. in this basically hellebore bed. ( they all grow in the spaces between the hellebores so very low maintenance) it's quite a show from my kitchen window. I have astilbes amd astrantias too here to associate with my hellebores when their time comes. Not a single annual there so colour there all year round from perennials
Don't do any in mine either FG! My garden is very small and as you say you need space.
I like those colours Chicky, my garden seems very pink at the moment.
Off to the GC, want some agapanthus to put in pots.
How nice, just looked in and delighted to find some of the lovely people from the other place still posting here.....so a big wave & hello from me.