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26/07/2013 at 22:57


26/07/2013 at 23:31

Hiya zombie

Does your monarda get mildew?  It's even the reason I've not grown this yet. 

27/07/2013 at 19:01

Hi verdun, not that i've noticed are they prone to that problem? I only put it in last year, i was not keen on it last year but its done really well this year. I will keep my eye on it.

27/07/2013 at 19:51

Hiya zombie

I love Monardas but, yes, they have a notoriety for mildew.  Some varieties  have some resistance though.  Do you know what variety you,have?  

27/07/2013 at 20:43

Very nice Monarda Zombie- and love the Fatsia- one of my favourites.

Verd- is it because of your drier climate you would be wary of Monardas? Us northern 'foreigners' don't (normally) have to worry about lack of rain.... 

27/07/2013 at 21:41

Just a few more.


 Any ideas what the yellow grass is at the side ?

 Had the above plant a few years and overwintered in GH, don't know what it is, but cute.


 Make me want to smile


Only know it as leopard grass. Happy to be told name


 Dead common spiraea  - Joseph's coat ?

27/07/2013 at 22:03

Notorious for getting these things wrong...the old eyesight ain't wot it was

The yellow grass looks like Bowles golden grass.  The leopard grass is miscanthus zebrinus or gold Bar....they are similar but the latter is smaller and more compact.  I would suggest it was zebrinus.  Gerbera the pink flower....hardy for me here.  Can't see the blue plant very clearly

27/07/2013 at 22:30

Looking at the leaves that blue one could be a double flowered campanula.

Love the monarda ZG. I've got one that's mildew resistant, (said to be and is so far). Can't remember thefull name but cambridge comes into it. Not Cambridge Scarlet though, a longer name than that, but it is red. I'll find the label tomorrow and see 

27/07/2013 at 22:53

I'd agree they look like Bowles G.Grass and M. Zebrinus Verd, and I'd agree with nut that the blue one looks like a Campanula - foliage is right anyway.

Lovely pix. 

27/07/2013 at 23:09

A friend gave me that little double campanula years ago. It lives outside all year round but the last couple of years it's gone downhill, probably should have given it some TLC or food or divided it.

27/07/2013 at 23:23

Hello not sure what variety my monarda is, but reading nutcutlet's post reminded me I too have a bad of label's in the shed i will have a rummage through tomorrow and see if i can find it.

Fairygirl the fatsia is turning into a guilty pleasure of mine, even though it offer's nothing for the pollinating insects  it seem's to be doing well in my shady spot, I have seen the squirral coming and going hiding his nuts under it. I also think that squirral had it away on his toe's with some of my bulbs.

28/07/2013 at 08:29

Thanks everyone for ID on my plants. Names now in my little book so I can learn them. This little book is getting a lot written in it, plants that people have posted about that I'd love to have and some to look up. I knew that I wasn't really knowledgable about flowers ( and veg it now seems) but since joining the forum I've realised that I only know bog standard plants. Having much pleasure learning about the things that you are all growing. Really love all your pictures. Thanks all.

Zombie & Fairy I also really like Fatsia, have a large one in the garden and a smallish self set in a pot, I've plans for the "baby".

28/07/2013 at 08:29


What wonderful pictures lately, feel I must join in. These were taken this morning after a night of rain.

 Still love the dried up alliums, but will be relocating them soon.

lucifer looking llovely

trollis, in need of dead heading, oops

buddlea on its side

alstromeria is stunning , thanks fairy girl for recommending.



28/07/2013 at 08:32

Mrs. Garden, all looking good after some rain. I really do like the Alstromeria, another entry into my book in wish list category.

28/07/2013 at 08:49

kef, I'll look up the variety when I get home, just at sins swimming lesson now.

28/07/2013 at 09:20


28/07/2013 at 09:33

Lovely pics guys.

I too like alstroemerias.    For me they have a period of dormancy after flowering in mid to late summer creating a large bare patch in height of summer.  I now plant late summer heleniums, frikartii monch. Cannas, etc to disguise this otherwise bald spot.  I grow the princess varieties that flower for 6 months in stunning colours but they do suddenly stop........

28/07/2013 at 10:17

Verdun - thanks for the heads up, I bought this only a few weeks ago so not sure how it behaves So I will look out for something to go in its place when finished flowering.

KEF - its called 'alstroemeria psittacina royal star'. I bought it at a 'flower power fair' (google) a few weeks ago.


28/07/2013 at 11:01

MrsG the buddleia turns the right way when you enlarge 

Zombie I had a Fatsia in a previous garden which grew very quickly as it was in just the right spot. It flowered every year too. I bought one about 6 weeks ago for my new front border here and it's grown a fair bit already.

 In the right spot they romp away. I  love them.

28/07/2013 at 11:12

Thank you for looking it up Mrs.G

Fairy I'll post a pic of my little Fatsia when I get camera out.