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13/06/2013 at 16:08

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!

13/06/2013 at 16:35

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13/06/2013 at 16:39

Wow little-ann, fantastic pics. I love Aquilegia and those colours are something else! Brilliant. John H

13/06/2013 at 16:42

Little-ann, What is the white flower in the first picture?

Few new ones ive just taken, its not great weather out but pics look ok, taken from the phone so please forgive the poor quality.

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 Lupins in the window planter

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 Purple Freesia

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 trough basket

13/06/2013 at 16:44

grown from seeds last year, suttons seeds pretty bonnets mixed they are pretty colours

13/06/2013 at 16:46

Couple more as i did not intend to hit submit

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 Lupin and again below with a bee having a nibble.

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TumblingToms are not far off

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 Hanging basket Strawberries

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13/06/2013 at 16:48

Common name as little-ann says 'pretty bonnets' often used to be called 'granny's bonnets' but botanical name is 'Aquilegia'

13/06/2013 at 16:52

Nice pics Singy, it's great to see other people's flowers and gardens. Are your toms ouitdoors? mine are in the greenhouse, plenty of flowers but haven't set yet!

13/06/2013 at 16:54

One more as the colour on these is incredible, they are illuminous orange asiatic lily.  this is one of the first flowers I bought and couldnt remember what colour it was.

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13/06/2013 at 16:58
John Harding wrote (see)

Nice pics Singy, it's great to see other people's flowers and gardens. Are your toms ouitdoors? mine are in the greenhouse, plenty of flowers but haven't set yet!

Yes these have been out for about 6 weeks now, i dont have a greenhouse (2 plastic things) but ive been leaving the flap open for about a month. so its aglorified wind break.

My dad is confused how everything is still alive to be honest, being a beginner i overwater, put things out before the last frost, plant everything to close and then fail to thin things out. just got my first crop of beetroot and radish was week before last. Up in lancashire for reference on the weather so its not warm by any means.

13/06/2013 at 17:01

i meant the seed name was Aqualegia "pretty bonnets mixed" john

fabulous lilly singy

13/06/2013 at 18:25

lovely aquilegia LA, and those lillies are fabulous, mind, I wouldn't like to be trying to spot the lilly beetles on that!

13/06/2013 at 18:28

all the pictures are aqualegias singy

13/06/2013 at 19:22

Or 'Columbines' just to confuse you further Singy!! Isn't it great when you do things (putting plants out early etc) which you're not meant to and all turns out well 

As John H says - Aquilegia is the botanical name but there are lots of common names for them. It can be very confusing with plant names - they're often called different things in different areas too. 

Lovely pix little ann- I love the pure white one. The spurs on that first one are some length!

13/06/2013 at 20:24

Lovely pics everyone, not a lot out in my garden yet.  All my aquilegias seem to be purple this year, all except one small lonely pink one. Lots of stuff on the verge though.

13/06/2013 at 20:26

John H: thank you for putting the question about James Grieve. I know now to build up calcium in the soil for next year even if (I assume) a bit late for this year. Amazing colours in your photos from the show -  especially the blues. 

Brummie Ben: that 'Blue for you' rose of yours!! Even before you mentioned its scent I felt I could almost taste it. Delicious! What is it about blue in flowers? There seems to be something surreal about some of them - those delphs, your rose, a carpet of bluebells.

When I was a boy running home from school in summer there used to be two fragrances that would stop me in my tracks and set me off searching for the source of the amazing scent. One of them I thought of as a sort of 'sherbety' smell. I traced it to a raised bed filled with blue irises.

The other was not connected to blue but I'll recount it anyway. it was on a particular corner in a particular avenue. It always reminded me of rhubarb (or maybe apple pie) and custard for some reason. I'm still not positive over half a century   later but it may have been hawthorn flowers. Ring a bell, anyone?

Has anyone produced a blue tulip, yet? I believe it was once considered 'impossible'.

13/06/2013 at 20:40

Brummie Ben; I have been sitting here for 5 minutes, figuring out how to say this without causing offence, but it has to be said; that 'blue' rose is mauve, not blue. I am so fed up with buying aubretia that says 'blue' and it turns out magenta and so on... In every other area of design, colour is described accurately, why is it that plant nurseries get away with mis-describing colour?

This is not an attack on you or your lovely photos, but this whole 'blue rose' thing that has been going on for years does slightly smack of 'emperor's new clothes'

13/06/2013 at 21:44
artjak wrote (see)

Brummie Ben; I have been sitting here for 5 minutes, figuring out how to say this without causing offence, but it has to be said; that 'blue' rose is mauve, not blue. I am so fed up with buying aubretia that says 'blue' and it turns out magenta and so on... In every other area of design, colour is described accurately, why is it that plant nurseries get away with mis-describing colour?

This is not an attack on you or your lovely photos, but this whole 'blue rose' thing that has been going on for years does slightly smack of 'emperor's new clothes'

 

Not at all artjak, this is part of the reason why I posted it, to see what others thought. Personally it's light purple in my book, but the photoshopped pic in the T&M catalogue was definately blue. I'm undecided, but the fragrance is fantastic, I'm hoping once the plants get established, maybe the colour will deepen? I got them cheap as one of the 'you've bought 50 quids worth can we tempt you with these at half price?' deals they put on. There is a reason for garnering opinion, this is the same T&M that I paid £40 for 20 bulbs of replete and 20 of shrike. As my better half loves pink so I got these for mothers day. I'll show you what they all turned out as :

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20130524_153542_1 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

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20130524_153558_2 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

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20130524_153649_2 by BrummieBen, on Flickr

in the last photo I made sure some very light pink tulips were in shot to give a contrast.

now here is what T&M say they should look like :

http://www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/flower-bulbs/daffodil-bulbs?sortBy=bestsellers&page=all

Replete is a few down and shrike a little bit further. As you can see, shrike looked nothing like what I grew in form or colour, replete are similar 'tissue-paper' daffs, but all 40 of mine were apricot. They are resending entire order again, after I sent them these photos and said the 40 you sent me were in diff bags labelled differently, but they all grew the same? Yes artjak, you certainly won't offend me, old hand at calling a spade, a spade.

13/06/2013 at 21:47

Well I agree with you there artjak it annoys me when something clearly isn't blue...its a lovely rose, though. 

13/06/2013 at 22:08

There aren't many really blue flowers. There was a blue flower thread recently and the colours gradually slid towards mauve. Lovely, but not blue

Blue Moon reminds me of those colour rinses for the white haired lady.