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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'
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 :
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 :
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.
Well I agree with you there artjak it annoys me when something clearly isn't blue...its a lovely rose, though.
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.
I would call those daffs 'orange', which is a lovely colour; but it ain't pink.
Crikey BB checked out the link, T&M really do take the ****. I've never had trouble but only ever ordered seeds from them. But you do have a nice garden. There was a lot of rain in Brum yesterday, hope your plants liked it.
nutcutlet wrote (see)
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.
Nut- they say there's no such thing as a 'true blue' in plants. I don't care for blue much at all - has to be purples- preferably red based ones but we're all different! The blue rose thing's been going on for years - I'm not sure roses would look right in blue shades anyway- even purply ones- don't know why! Just seems wrong somehow.
Still got polyanthus flowering here!
Your're right Fg, a blue rose would be really naff, worse than Blue Moon and that's bad enough.
My Lincolnshire garden
Thank you Nicky, I love seeing people's gardens. Obvious from yours that you are a young mum! Although I looked at you profile. From your posts you haven't been there long so good luck with it. It looks a good size. I hope you managed to get everything identified.
NickyB: that's a lovley shape garden - especially how the bit at the end remains a partial mystery, presumably until you go round the corner of the large shrubs that come out from the left half way along.
The willow just makes it perfect with its beautiful flowing structure. Any closer to the house and the lengthy roots and brittle branches can cause problems as you may be aware.
We had a vigorous weeping willow growing out front - over the entrance to our drive! Eventually it had to come out because even with yearly or twice yearly cutting back the constant regrowth gave us branches so long they threatened to break off on to the cars parked beneath.
Yours, however, is well placed in that respect and can be best appreciated from this distance.
Lots of bird feeders too which is great!
Thanks... yeah it is a lovely size and past the willow tree is an allotment area with apple trees and lots of beds... its just a bit overgrown at has been neglected so its just trying to get it in some sort of order. Yes have two small boys and a little girl due September (arggh!!) so I garden when I can... I do love gardening though !!Awww... thank you everyone... you are all so kind We moved from Bedfordshire and were amazed at the garden we could get for our money. We had a 12ft x 10ft garden before so this is heaven !
Awww... such a shame birdy that you had to get rid of it Some people really don't think about trees and thier eventual size when they put them in do they
I don't know how old our Willow is... the couple before us had lived her 17 years and it was there before them. I want it to keep going forever ...although sadly I know that it won't
Thanks Fairygirl... I'm a bird lover too and we are blessed with so many birds and squirrels and even have a pheasant coming for breakfast. We are very spoiled here !
Nicky lovely garden. Plenty of room for the children to run around as well as you enjoy your gardening
Lovely space Nicky, tonnes of work though!! They did enjoy the water just like today, not so keen on the gusting wind which is snapping dahlias and young plants for fun.
i have just come home to find this clematis flower i don't know what it is as i as given the pot and plant no label and i haven't had time to look it up but it is pretty
it is a bit more pinky than white
That is wonderful Little-ann
Lovely little-ann. It's got quite distinctive green ribs so hopefully won't be too hard to identify
Litle-ann- just been having a look at Taylors Clematis website and there's one called Fair Rosamond that looks identical to yours. The stamens are opened but they're purple as in your pic and the green bars are there.
thanks fairygirl i will have a look now just finished havng tea
well done FG im sure thats the one i will keep an eye on it