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10/06/2013 at 22:21

Aahhh...thanks Matty!

11/06/2013 at 11:30

Hi Fairygirl and Busy Lizzie, this was my first time to go one, had a good day out, really enjoyed having a look. That was my favourite one, just because of it's remoteness and the polytunnel   I'm glad the pictures work propertly now

11/06/2013 at 12:03

This poppy - variety unknown - has been waiting to burst into flower. It came out yesterday.

It is one of the few plants I moved with and has been struggling until this year. There are lots of buds as well.

It is OH hand holding it to show the size


11/06/2013 at 12:04

The NGS scheme is really good, we have been to a couple of gardens so far this year and plan to go again this Sunday.  The gardens have been really lovely and you do get some lovely views of the countryside. To get real value for money look for group openings where you get admission to more than one garden in the area, they usually do teas and sell plants what more could you want.

11/06/2013 at 12:16

Beautiful, Matty2. Well worth waiting for and very brave to move with it,  I move mine around but in the same garden - they do take ages until they are happy again.

11/06/2013 at 12:23


Snap Matty2! I don't know it's variety either, as I explained in another thread, I started with a single Mrs Perry and now have various clumps ranging from taller pale pink to shorter scarlet red. Annoying for a control freak like me who separated the clumps last autumn only to find a red one amongst my salmon pinks this morning


 My Acanthus Mollis (foreground) is going nuts this year spreading beyond its allotted space and I'm especially pleased with the Thyme cuttings I took two years ago (low right of this pic and clearer view below centre) that were very slow to establish. Moving them didn't hurt either whereas most of my French lavender (below) died after being moved so my lavender path is pretty pathetic at the moment.


 Still deciding on the design of my middle garden and it's planting scheme, too much yellow and not enough structure for my liking, but overall things are healthy so can't complain.


 Sods law this morning in the garden when I happily discovered three flower spikes on my Cordyline after it spent the previous flowerless year splitting its trunk and then promptly snapped the leader off my standard wisteria that I'm growing from seed. Maybe I can make a new leader or else the thing is destine to remain a three foot midget (apologies to all three foot midgets who might be reading this)


11/06/2013 at 13:17

Wintersong: your concerns over your 'misplaced' poppy have brought on another bout of philosophy.

The Japanese potters (or was it Chinese?) used to deliberately include, or allow to remain, an imperfection in their making of their pots - eg a thumbprint in the wet clay, a slightly crooked handle etc. They did this because it left evidence of the human element in creating art. I think they were also concerned not to allow 'accidental perfection' to cause vanity thereby 'angering their gods'.  We can see that evidence of the potter's hand even today, thousands of years later, in museum pieces.

Your poppy could have seeded itself there but you now have evidence of your own input. The time scale is different of course but next year you may have a bunch of red ones among the pinks. You'll then be able to see evidence of your own previous year's work in the garden. Afterall, all we can do is imprint a little bit of our own plan on our gardens - nature does the rest. Its nice to see our contribution stand out sometimes. 

(Not intended as a lecture - just happened by accident!  )


11/06/2013 at 13:28

Just noticed this came out today


11/06/2013 at 13:28

Matty and Winter- terrific pix! It's easy to forget how big poppy flowers can be.

Someone yesterday asked about a poppy being a different colour etc on a new thread- perhaps you could enlighten them. She was concerned that it was completely different from what she expected.

Winter- 3' are naughty 

11/06/2013 at 13:34

And this foxglove (?) , in the 'wrong' place, nearly got ripped out as I tried to sort plants from weeds aromd the raised bed earlier in the year. That near mistake reminds me to be circumspect about what should stay and what should go.


11/06/2013 at 13:40

Birdy - lovely poppy too - that pic wasn't there when I posted a few mins ago! I think the structure inside poppy flowers is beautiful.  Your foxglove is the common wild one  so you may not want it in your garden as they seed everywhere! There are many better behaved varieties you might want to get if you like them. Very useful for a shady spots.

11/06/2013 at 14:10

Thanks for the advice FG - perhaps I'll resume ripping.

11/06/2013 at 15:08

I can see a perfect poppy contest looming!

birdy13 - that's just showing off... lovely.

 more poppy pics please everyone.



11/06/2013 at 15:19
MrsGarden wrote (see)

 more poppy pics please everyone.

 If you insist



11/06/2013 at 16:41

I tried to grow Patty's Plum at the old house, no success, is it really tricky?  Love that pale pink one Birdy/Wintersong 

11/06/2013 at 17:13

Pink and red ones, Wintersong, mine are all red.

11/06/2013 at 17:32

I am a nasty shade of green at present.  Have only ever seen red poppies but we are a common lot round here.  Must give them a try. Do they like clay earth?

11/06/2013 at 18:05

Damp day here today but temperature holding up.  Pleased with my Siberian Irises this year.  Normally the June heat sees them off after a week, but I am now into day 12.  Might not be ideal temperature for me, but flowers like it cooler!

I don't recall the name of the Clematis. 

Aconitum in the background next to Fatsia is already six foot tall and flower buds only just appearing.  The dark patch next in rear right is Acer Crimson Sentry.  Made a mistake planting dark tree in an already dark corner! Live and learn.

11/06/2013 at 18:11

Tim you might be the very man I need so to speak! 

Here is the new Iris I got today at the nursery. It had no label and was the only one. The girls thought it might be  'Ruffled Velvet' but it looks too dark. Any ideas?

 It's b****y gorgeous anyway!

11/06/2013 at 18:14

Oh and I took this today of the new growth on the deep pink rhodie I have at front door. The leaf buds are creamy white and then it turns into this lovely rusty red foliage which looks great with the dark heucheras beside it

 Sorry Tim- I forgot to say in last post that your garden looks lovely. Everything is just bursting into bloom now- lovely.