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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 22:58

FG and Bev, thanks for identifying Sambucus Black Lace.

If it is an elder does that mean will could have 'terrorist' inclinations like ground elder? (I knocked myself up waging war on the ground elder over the last few days and have been out of gardening action as a result. Wouldn't want to bring it reinforcements!)

But it still is a beautiful plant - perhaps I could keep it prisoner in a pot? 

Anyone know what it is ?

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 18:58

Not an expert at all, but the word croscosmia came into my mind - we used to have something with a flower of similar shape; self-seeded a lot I think ... but I'm remembering a much taller stem: if it is going reach, say, 40cm (ish) it might just be crocosmia.If it is I shall be so chuffed I recognised something.

No idea about the leaves though.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 10:49

Bev,  lovely slide show from your first picture of clematis!

What is the plant in your second picture? It's stunning - the little star shaped flowers seem to be shining out from the rich dark background like galaxies or supernovi in space!

I think I'd like one. Are you growing it inside or out? I can't quite tell and I was wondering what sort of conditions it likes.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 19:10

Good luck from me too, Art; glad you feel more armed now. Good idea of Verdun to take photos.

Some useful homespun philosophy contained in all the good advice and support coming your way:

"Expect the best while preparing for the worst" (= plan A and plan B)




Posted: 19/06/2013 at 23:29

I grew shallots last year, not particularly good crop and, having a rather difficult year anyway I lost interest and must have left a few in the ground. This year they've grown with no help from me - along with some stray onions and garlic bulbs which seem to be determined to show me they can do it properly!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 23:24

Norfolk: too hot and airless to work until evening. Then cool enough to dig and rake some manure into my raised beds ready for late showings of beans and  salad.

Very satisfying seeing the dried, spent soil becoming darker and richer again.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 23:17

Artjak: so sorry to hear of your farmer problem. There is a large field adjoining my back garden which from time to time is sprayed or the corn gets cut sending great clouds of corn dust into the air. I may have imagined it but it seems that the wind direction is more often than not blowing away from our row of back gardens - as though the farmer or his labourer is checking it out before embarking on a job that could impact on our gardens.

Whilst I'm not naive enough to believe any farmer can or will arrange his schedule to accommodate neighbours all the time I would have thought that they do have some choice some of the time to control when their work will affect nearby residents. 

I'm wondering whether the psychology of an approach which seems to reflect a high expectation of him, eg of him being a reasonable man, might be worth trying before getting at loggerheads - at least that way he can't pretend you've upset him.

If that doesn't work you can always have a solicitor's letter as a Plan B.

Also, what about approaching your local parish council (or equivalent) by telephoning the Clerk of the Parish Council (or equivalent) for advice. These organisations exist for the local inhabitants but often have close ties with local farmers too. Depending how your particular local council works, that might be a way of getting advice and having more influence on the situation - especially if other residents have had similar problems.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 23:25

Norfolk: Been quite warm even to being pretty muggy for most of day.

Been weeding in very dry earth - loads of couch and ground elder 

Threatened rain but none came, so had to water everything - that'll do it !

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 22:11

Norfolk: Been dry all day, still breezy enough to dry out some of the pots I'm hardening off.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 23:25

Turned out nice - just like the morning promised.

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