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18/06/2013 at 14:36

 Sorry the picture is not very good.

I wanted to show my salvia hot lips and the label. I bought it last year with red and white (right of pic)  flowers , so was confused when it started flowering all red (main pic) this year.  A few googles later and it seems this is what it likes to do - when it's hotter (fingers crossed) it becomes 2 coloured, and if very hot it will be all white (Probably a bit too much to ask this year).

Love it even more now I understand that it's mum mischievous streak!

18/06/2013 at 18:20

Winters, do you find that sisyrinchium always has a 'burnt' look after it has flowered?

18/06/2013 at 20:44

I've been looking out my kitchen window in the morning before going to work for days, trying to work out what the splash of red is in my potted Yucca, and just thought it was a bit of a possie of blown of leaves from a Red Robin in the neighbours garden.  Tonight decided to have a look and found it is in the process of sending up a flower! So excited. I've had this Yucca in a pot for at least 10 years, and this is the first time it's done it.  And must say I had to cut a large number of leaves from it due to Yucca black spot and hardly watered it this year!


18/06/2013 at 21:38

Wow - look forward to the photo of it opened.

18/06/2013 at 21:41

I had a yucca which I had to get rid of earlier in the year. Too spicky for such a small area. I will miss the flowers.

18/06/2013 at 22:54
artjak wrote (see)

Winters, do you find that sisyrinchium always has a 'burnt' look after it has flowered?


Yes, the stems and seed-heads turn black and last all winter which I don't mind in my Death garden .

I truly adore this plant, its subtly is really stunning and I'm a sucker for spiky leaves but it's only fault is the die-back on the leaves by the end of winter. Kniphofia leaves are easy to pull away when they go over and many other plants that do the same, but these prove problematic as too much pulling disturbs the roots. I tried giving a second clump a crew-cut earlier in the year to test the plant's regrowth rate but that didn't work so my only method is snipping individual leaves with scissors.

18/06/2013 at 22:58

Yucca flowers are a bit like Marmite, you either love them or hate them.

Fraid I'm a little bit of a hater although I adore the spike before it opens. I just think they look too weird but am extremely happy for you Tim Burr to achieve this maturity in your Yucca

19/06/2013 at 05:50

lovely pics all  Quercus and chicky don't know what the peony is I was hoping for some help id'ing... possibly Sarah Bernhardt?

19/06/2013 at 06:09

Yucca looking good. Does it get protection in the winter?


19/06/2013 at 07:05

No, it just lives outside in its pot all year round.  I occasionally move it around the garden, normally as a 'elf and safety issue as the leaves are at perfect height for poking eye out when working near it. 

19/06/2013 at 07:49

Tim I bet you're looking forward to that flower! Make sure you get a pic on here 

19/06/2013 at 07:59

Winter s, perhaps, since the farmer sprayed the back field on May 1st and damaged a lot of my plants I should have a 'dying' area of the garden.

19/06/2013 at 08:52

Artjak, my sisyrinchium always has a burnt look after flowering too. And it won't stay where I planted it. I now have a few as it seems to seed itself, but they aren't where I wanted them.

How maddening about the farmer, and dangerous. Have you told him of the damage?

19/06/2013 at 10:02

I think I am going to have to send a solicitors letter; neighbours tell me that speaking to him won't work

19/06/2013 at 12:13

I would not be happy at that Art.

I have a sisychrinum in apot - bought from other house and can never decide where to put it. It's now in danger of bursting the pot. Are you saying it won't stand splitting?

19/06/2013 at 15:35

Artjak perhaps it will make a difference the way you approach the farmer, do you know his name if not find out and go and see him/her before you start the expensive soliciter route no winnners then, none of the farmers around me would deliberately  go round making enemies

19/06/2013 at 17:30
artjak wrote (see)

Winter s, perhaps, since the farmer sprayed the back field on May 1st and damaged a lot of my plants I should have a 'dying' area of the garden.


Oh artjak, that's terrible. I would definitely make a complaint.

19/06/2013 at 17:37

I think you should artjak. There's a lot of damage and even if all you achieved was to stop it happening again it would be good. 

19/06/2013 at 17:39

Thank you all for your advice, I shall now ponder

19/06/2013 at 19:49

Just been out re-staking my foxglove, while i was there a couple of bees where in collecting so took a couple of pics, again on my phone so not great.