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The potty gardener

Andy what a lovely place to visit.

Ben great pics, love the rose

GG looking good, I'm sure you will show another pic when you've filled border. That pink rose is really lovely. People must really love walking past your beautiful front garden

Gardening Grandma

BTW, Mrs Garden, my nasturtiums are smaller than yours. It was the cold spring, I suppose.


Great stuff, especially love GG's yellow rose. What a winner


Brummie Ben: that pin rose is just luscious in form and colour!

GG: I'm not positive but its worth Googling Bourbon Rose images to identify your lovely specimens. We had a lovely old white rose years ago, called Margaret Merryl (or Merril?). Had a beautiful scent.

And that red/ yellow Aquilegia is unbelievable! 


GG- I thought we were getting a pic of your OH when you you said it was your tiny pride and joy....

Cracking pix again everyone! I'm not a rose lover but I love those crinkly voluptuous ones....ooh err Matron..



Lovely pics GG, well done for growing the inula in a pot, I always wanted some, might give it a go now.


Brummie - that rose (pink) with the heavenly scent could well be   Gertrude jekyll - very pink rose .

Lovely Pics GG. I'm sure your new area will be just as pretty.

I have a Margaret Merril, another with beautiful scent and (I think) perfect HT blooms. Not in flower yet


Loved that Aquilegia

John Harding
Birdy13 wrote (see)

John H and Salino mentioned James Grieve apple earlier. I've got a James Grieve that's been doing well since planting about 4 years ago. Mine has produced fine apples each year except that most of them, when you cut through, have brown flecks throughout the otherwise perfect flesh.

I'm not sure what this is, so I looked through an old Readers' Digest gardening book. The nearest condition I could identify it to was called ''bitterpit"

Is it likely to be "bitterpit"? I'm not convinced because they don't actually taste bitter, but the appearance is offputting.

Does anyone know whether there is any other condition with this description. 

Also what is the remedy?

Hi Birdie, Went to GW Live at NEC yesterday and put your question to Mathew Biggs and Anne Swithinbank. Their immediate answer was bitterpit as you say. Apparently this condition is caused by a lack of calcium in the soil. Matthew says he has used James Grieve apples to make Cider - works well he says so if the condition persists there's one way you could make use of the apples  John H

John Harding

A couple of pics from the RHS flower tent at NEC yesterday




Wow - the Delphiniums have now really come into their own (they were a bit before their best at Chelsea).  Love that deep blue at the front.  Never been to GW live - is it any good John ?

GG - never seen pictures of your front garden before - it is SOOOO pretty


After a few hrs searching, I think maybe the rose is Harlow Carr, it has tiny thorns rather like a raspberry, the scent is very very strong and it seems surprisingly resistant to blackspot, in which case it maybe mayflower. - take your pick!

If you scroll down you will find several Damask Roses that also fit the bill. I'll try and get some more photos today. I hate not knowing the name of something, especially when the scent is so strong everyone coming to my door always comments and asks what it is as they usually want one too! It would be nice to be able to tell them.

PS GG you don't live in Litchard do you?

John Harding
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Wow - the Delphiniums have now really come into their own (they were a bit before their best at Chelsea).  Love that deep blue at the front.  Never been to GW live - is it any good John ?

Really enjoyed the show, particularly the RHS Flower pavilion. Main GW show halls were Nos. 17 & 18 and were very interesting but along one side there were a whole host of stalls that were nothing at all to do with gardening (selling everything from shoes, hats, dresses [for the ladies I might add], beads & bangles etc. As always food & drink at the show was expensive though there were a few stands where you could buy a reasonable size cup of coffee for less that £2.00 (just!). The GW Live tickets gave admittance to the GW & RHS halls and also to the BBC Good Food show which was in the adjacent hall 19 which was a bit of a bonus except that we paid them a visit which meant we missed a bit of the GW show gardens as we had booked seats at Matthew Biggs/Anne Swithinbank's Question time @ 1.15pm and Duimid Gavin's talk on his gardens at 4.00pm. Just a tip if you go by car, the car park is £10.00 & unless you have a car full it pays to park in [if it's free] or near a railway station car park and take the train which goes right in to the NEC. As an example the fare from Tile Hill, Coventry (around 8 miles away) is about £1.50 [possibly less if you have a railcard]. I certainly felt it was worth it and it made a great day out but my leg muscles are telling me I walked too much yesterday!  John H



ok I'll try using flickr!

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 Lovely Delphs and Lupins there John, I wish I could have gone, but work and my daughter's 2nd Birthday party put paid to it for this year.

DSCF1737 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

Sorry for the extra pic, finally figured out how to stick photos from flickr onto my posts, loads easier than this forum, drag and drop pics to the flickr page, can rotate resize everything. If you have yahoo or hotmail google etc mail account, signing up is like 3 clicks!!


The potty gardener

John beautiful plants.

Bev your garden is just full of colour


Beautiful rose Ben, wish I could smell it. Love the blue of the aquilegia.

Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Beautiful rose Ben, wish I could smell it. Love the blue of the aquilegia.

It really is very strong too, I'm around the side of the house sorting my raised beds and it's all I can smell especially after the rain. The wind changes direction and then all I can smell is the 'Blue for you' which has a very strong citrus almost lemon scent. Once the marigolds and canlandula are all in instead of the tulips, I'm hoping the scent will be strong enough to keep the carrot fly from detecting my nantes. They are also sown with a double row of spring onions right around the perimeter!

The potty gardener

That should have been BEN your garden is full of colour not Bev


I figured it, but then I thought you knew about my cross-dressing at the weekends! I can send you some seed from the aquilegia if you like BL, they should be the same colour as all the ones next to each other are that colour!