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16/06/2013 at 19:38

"Go this year!"  Must Be bedtime!  

17/06/2013 at 12:12

Been catching up, great pictures everyone.  Deano, your veg beds are fabulous, I love how they're so neat.  And all the iris pictures are beautiful, folks.  I don't have any luck with them, last year I planted out Iris from my grandad's garden, they'd been living happily in a plastic bag for 3 years, but fell foul of the grim, extended winter we had.  I've now moved some iris that were growing under a climbing frame (now removed) and only one of the rhizomes is showing signs of life, so I'm pleased that there are other people's lovely pictures to look at.

Anyway, I am so happy today, finally my peonies are starting to open:

 And here's a poppy that opened yesterday:

 At last!!!

17/06/2013 at 15:27

Thought I'd put on a couple of pics: My Chandos Beauty rose has flowered today. I bought it at Hampton Court FS last year. The yellow rose is one my father in law had in a pot in his garden. He hadn't kept the label so we don't know what it's called but it's one we rescued after he passed away. It hasn't done very well in the pot so we planted it out this spring using a small amount of Rootgrow + some Fish, Blood & Bone in a plentifull supply of John Innes No 3. It obviously liked that!

 Before anyone states the obvious: No. he didn't get it from Texas!

17/06/2013 at 18:14

DaisyH and John H, lovely flowers, esp the yellow rose (not of Texas)

17/06/2013 at 20:14

Feel like bursting into song John! 

Lovely tidy greenhouse too....has anyone else noticed how tidy the boys' greenhouses are?  Is it 'man cave' syndrome do you think....

Lovely peony pix Daisy. Shame about your Irises. They are beautiful aren't they? You could always try the  varieties which like damper conditions - sibiricas etc. Some of them are just as beautiful. I bought a lovely dark  purple one last week -pix are on one of the threads (maybe this one or Marion's 'summer' one). No idea what it is, but it's very delicate and so gorgeous it doesn't matter!

17/06/2013 at 21:33

Wow Daisy what a super paeony! Do you know which it is? 

Irises need their tubers on the surface of the soil. When I first started growing them I killed quite a few because it didn't seem logical not to bury them. They love the weather - baking sun, wind, cold. I don't care what anybody says they have to be British through and through with that sort of an attitude.

Fairygirl I noticed too how neat they are too 

17/06/2013 at 22:28

Ah! fairygirl (& q_r) this greenhouse is new (my birthday present to myself last year and built in January this year so currently my pride & joy). It hasn't always been tidy (I refer to a previous greenhouse), I have to keep it tidy now though because at 69 in October I am not as steady on my feet as I used to be and if I leave anything out on the floor you can bet my feet will find it. You'll notice too from various pics posted that the garden is also very tidy! I can't claim credit for that though as Eileen (OH) has a very tidy mind and everything has a place and should be in it!

17/06/2013 at 22:39

John - it's ok- we believe you! 

Joking aside,your garden looks so lovely John. It's obvious you both work very hard at keeping it neat and it must give you both a lot of pleasure. Long may it continue!

17/06/2013 at 22:59

We're having some more work done outside the conservatory in a few weeks. Another stone walled raised bed to compliment the one we had done a couple of weeks ago plus replacing the whole patio because the ants have undermined the existing one so much its sunk in various places and become too much of a trip factor. When it's finished I'll put some more pics up (I'd be ashamed to show the existing mess close up!)

18/06/2013 at 07:05

Daisy - love the peony too - do you know which one it is ??  John, v jealous of that lovely greenhouse.  And your roses look so healthy - great flowers but also the glossy leaves

18/06/2013 at 11:43

John H, why not do some 'before and after' photos of the patio?

18/06/2013 at 13:06
artjak wrote (see)

John H, why not do some 'before and after' photos of the patio?

I may do, I'll take few today & see how I feel when the job is complete. JH

18/06/2013 at 13:14

Here are some photosof my peone's. The first one to open was Buckeye Belle, followed by Coral Charm and today Bowl of Beauty has opened its first flower


18/06/2013 at 13:17

How stunning! Peonies are one of my favourite flowers but I don't grow any myself

18/06/2013 at 13:41

Oh they are just gorgeous. My 4 are all inherited from years back, all deep red velvety, lovely but nothing like yours.

18/06/2013 at 13:53

Some combinations that seem to be working at the moment...

 I seem to gravitate towards yellow and pink combinations so long as the pinks are not too strong  The heucheras above have spent two years in pots waiting to be placed and I think I might have finally done this...just need to compare them later in the year when the pink combo of Echinacea and Liatris bloom in front of the poppies which will have gone over by then  Still don't know what to under-plant poppies with that die an ugly death in summer

I'm really enjoying the top combination of Sisyrinchium and Euphorbia Silver Swan and the wall of yellow Geum I have at the moment that isn't working in the opposite border but seems to belong with these guys. (there is a wilting spring at the back that I cut off to see what it looked like) Looking forward to seeing this border mature a bit.

Also loving the second combo of Black Elder under-planted with some Sedum Angeline. It's the first year I've seen the Elder flower and it is still a twig at the moment, but the potential is there

Not so pleased with my Lavender this year that kind of flopped. Half of it died and the other half is being out shone by the thyme that is flowering its head off. I plan to increase this simple but beautiful frothy plant and the bees love it


18/06/2013 at 13:59

wintersong - every inch of your garden looks beautiful.

I only became a GW member recently but I'm learning so much - thanks everyone.

18/06/2013 at 14:01

Thank you for the comments. I have never been able to grow peone before. I think the soil here really suits them. The Coral Charm one spent last winter in apot so was very surprised at it flowering. Soil also seems to suit Iris. 

Like you Wintersong, I am hoping I have the right things taking over and like you am wondering what I can do to 'tart' up the poppies once they have died down

My sambuca also has flowers for first time but it is in a semi-wild area so it looks established (it isn't) only its 2nd year - planted early spring last year. Can't wait fro it to grow large

18/06/2013 at 14:02

Oh they are just gorgeous. My 4 are all inherited from years back, all deep red velvety, lovely but nothing like yours.

18/06/2013 at 14:08

sorry about that repeated post..