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Hi Potty Gardener! I have a "patio plum" (no fruit, any tips on what I might need to do with this to flower/fruit will be greatly received!), a pear and an apple tree. These were in the garden when I bought the house. Most of the flowers/plants I have put in this year thanks to a fabulous market stall and my wonderful gardening brother and his wife who gifted me a lot of plants as a moving in present!  I don't have the tree icon atm so can't put any more pics on atm - sorry.





Nice to see this flowering again, it's one I got in memory of a young colleague who had a fatal RTA a few years ago so it's always special.

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MrsG - that's a nice plant to have and to remind you, even if it's a little sad too 

Where have I been now chick??  Deano's??? I've been so busy haven't I? 

Tina's pond, KEF's new poppy.....mmm where will  I go now....?



FG, I buy many of my plants for sentimental reasons, I have recently bought penstemon garnet simply because it was my sons fave teachers name, and a day Lilly with similar name to someone who was a very helpful professional I met. I even have an altroemeria which reminds me of you ( sorry if that sounds freaky, its only because you suggested it), and a choisia which verd rec.

The potty gardener


Ok so i hit Caps lock by mistake and didn't look at what I'd typed

Lovely pics



Sometimes come unstuck though when plant name doesn't suit the garden or gardeners ability! (where on earth did that phrase come from!)


Bev ! 

MrsG it's alovely idea- I'm very flattered that you bought something I suggested- I hope it doesn't die on you now or take over the garden ! 

I used to buy a plant on the girls' birthdays when they were little. 


FG - it was looking over KEF's poppy that I spotted you.

Mrs G - great pics.  Is the second to last a rudbeckia ?  Loving those colours !!

I have a clematis with eldest daughter's name - so youngest is most put out.  But have googled and can't find anything with her name in it apart from an apple tree - which might look a bit odd in my borders.  Maybe I should extend my mini-orchard.

And I have plenty of chick-weed, so that's me covered.


Lovely colours Mrs. G. I buy plants when on holiday in England to remind me.

My garden is looking end of summerish, but at least the veggie garden is producing. Loads of French beans, but poor runners as it has been very hot - in the 30s. Cooler now so perhaps the flowers won't drop off.






Lizzie - good to have you back.  Hope you had a lovely time with all the family.  Your garden is looking gorgeous again - love those heleniums and the perovskia.  How many helenium plants do you have to make a clump that size ?

And a PS to my last post - I forgot OH's hostas - Big Daddy !  (fathers day gift from many years ago)


Thank you Chicky. Lovely, but tiring.

I'm too mean, or perhaps not well off enough, to buy more than one at a time. It's a bit of a waiting game. That was 1 tall yellow one about 7 years ago, then 1 Moorheim Beauty about 5 years ago, then one behind that which is only 2 and not quite out yet, forgotten it's name but I think the label is still there. But as soon as they get going I split them and spread them out a bit more. This spring the yellow one was big enough to go in another bed too.


More lovely pictures. and lovely sentiments.

When I was working and used to chat to carers we often did it in the garden so the person with dementia wasn't listening. Many times I was given a plant or seeds, and since they couldn't be given to the charity as raffle prizes I got to keep them Hence my tree peony is called John J, Canterbury bells are Leo, outdoor toms ( which I save seeds from ) are Dave. The latter made my neighbour laugh when I gave him a couple of plants and he asked the variety.

I did have a stags horn called Janice...nasty brute, but lovely lady.

I've also a few things that my Dad loved, they get extra TLC.

I've now started buying plants that forum members suggest. So pasque flowers are called Lizzie, delphium & agastache called Verd, but they don't get cake. The blue poppy might get called fairy..if she looks after it.

I'll get my coat. 

That's lovely....buying plants, pots, seats etc for sentimental reasons.  

KEF, really?  Agastache called Verd?  I think you are teasing me.....I'm only a simple cornishman you know!   I'll be very jealous if you can grow blue poppy.

Ill post pics of agastaches, summer perennials and grasses soon. ,think this is best time of the year for summer display


KEF- I'll try!

It's a lovely idea having name associations  - and I particularly like the tomatoes called Dave...or was he really called Rodney? 


Fairy you are as silly as me

Tease you Verdun moi ??

The blue poppy might have to go on it's hols to the lady on forum ( apols don't remember her name ) who lives in the Lake District who posted some lovely pictures of hers.  



Its nice to hear your plant stories, not just me that's sentimental / mad then.

FG I am a bit nervous about losing 'you' and my goovling says to collect seeds to ensure I see you next year.

Chicky yes I think it is, it was stolen from sisters garden ( due another visit soon, she has a great garden)

BL your garden always looks fabulous.

KEF funny, your names make me laugh!

Verd a think blue is a good colour for you (you did post about your washing line didn't you?). 

KEF. You didn't fool me.  Im too smart for that. 

Mrs garden.  Actually I do like blue

My garden is full of "spikes" right now.....lots of blue ones too.  Veronicastrums, cannas. Agastasalvia tall salvias, tall grassss, etc.  Not enough "spikes" are planted I think.  Usually they take up little room compared to their,vertical impact


Need a bit of height and contrast in the border Verdi or it all looks a bit 'puddingy' doesn't it?

MrsG- usually the alstoemerias seed themselves around a bit and they're sometimes hard to get rid of....I hope that's not how you think of me!....

John Harding

Gazanias just started flowering, New herb bed is settling down, Chicago Peace Rose produced another flower and Country Taste Tomatoes now starting to ripen

New Herb Bed



Chicago Peace Rose


Country Taste Toms: larger one is over 4 inches across




It's all looking good, John. Lovely new herb bed, think you showed it in it's early days.