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sharp sand

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 22:07

Sharp sand has lots of different grain sizes and bits of small grit and looks like this:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/45350.jpg?width=412&height=350&mode=max

Builder's sand is much finer, more uniform in grain size and usually a darker brown colour.

Aquilegia photo album

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 21:50

Here are a few from other years - I'll add some current ones when the weather improves!

McKana

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/45348.jpg?width=350

Hybrid 

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/45347.jpg?width=350

McKana

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/45346.jpg?width=350

McKana

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/45345.jpg?width=350

 Caerulea

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/45344.jpg?width=350

 

 

 

Lord Anson Perennial Sweep peas

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 21:03

I tried nervosus a few years ago and agree with what it says in Dove's link.  I found it a weak grower - it then died on me just as it started to look as though it was doing ok.

sharp sand

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 20:59

Hi Alan, yes mate - I always buy sharp sand from builder's merchants as it's much cheaper than GCs.

Honey Fungus growth

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:39

Honey Fungus fruiting bodies are quite tough - If what you cleared away was thin and the cap was weak and easily crumbled with hardly a touch, it almost certainly wasn't HF.

By the way, if they come up again try and post a photo - if it is HF, you would be well advised to dig that stump out (or have it ground out) as it would be acting as a 'home base'.

Celery and the cuckoo in the nest

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 14:17

Looks like it might be one of the willowherbs - damn things get everywhere here!

Aquilegia shapes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 12:08

You've mentioned canadensis and skinneri before nut - must add some of those and see what happens!

Mine are crosses with mckana hybrids and the large flowered blue & white one native to the Rockies in the US (aquilegia caerulea) - those are very long-lived for me and I have had some in a bed for 15 years. 

poorly peach

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 12:00

Hi denise, it's Peach leaf curl:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/profile?PID=232

I have a resistant variety called Avalon Pride but it still gets it, however to a much more limited extent (maybe 10% of the leaves in a bad year.)  I recommend this variety to anyone who wants to grow peaches in the UK.

 

Aquilegia shapes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 11:52

The native Aquilegia Vulgaris look like this and come in a limited range of colours:

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/45292.jpg?width=350

Picture taken from the Touchwood site, here:

http://www.touchwoodplants.co.uk/aquilegias.htm

Most of the ones found in our gardens are crosses of the native one, which has dominant genes, so seedlings are often more like the wild form than any cultivar.  They are more often classified by flower shape such as 'clematis' ,'long spurred', double, etc. as they are so promiscuous that it makes little sense to give these crosses individual names.  Great fun to breed them yourself though - several of us on the forum do that.

photo uploads from phone

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 09:58

This is a problem for most web forums like this one.  The workaround is to upload your photos from your phone to one of the many "photo album" sites like photobucket using their particular mobile app, then use the "External site" tab on the upload page here and paste in the link (URL) of your photo from that site.

This is a link to the Photobucket mobile phone app, for example:

http://photobucket.com/mobile

 

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