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Latest posts by BrendaScott53

Unidentified plant

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 19:49

Definitely a hypericum - St. John's Wort.  Watch it - once you've got it, it pops up everywhere!  very pretty, though, in the right place! Enjoy!

Mystery 'Tree'

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 19:42

getting used to resizing and downloading with a new camera and a new laptop, now!  here's the 'blossom' of the Mystery Tree in a bunch of tulips, to give some idea of scale and size.....

Mystery 'Tree'

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 19:28

 Phew!  That was a trial by fire!  Now for one of the flowers, if I can remember how I resized this one!

Mystery 'Tree'

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 19:10

Nope, sorry, Hannah, the file ( JPG ) is still too big and I have no idea how to make it more 'user-friendly'!  Thanks for your interest, though.

Mystery 'Tree'

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 19:00

Nope, file is'too big'....will try again!  What a Luddite!


Mystery 'Tree'

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 18:57

Not quite used to this site, Hannah, so I'm not sure about downloading photos....I'll give it a go, but I might need help!

Mystery 'Tree'

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 18:13

Nope, Fonzie; I've got quite a few of these, and this isn't one of them.  Thanks for the input, though!  Appreciated!

Talkback: Mouse in the compost bin

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 16:55

Aw...sweet!  Don't Panic!  It's only a wee sleekit, cowerin', timourous beastie! When I lifted the lid of our compost bin last year, I saw what I first thought were about 6 mice all sitting round a potato on the top, chewing it and sharing their bounty in a very civilised fashion.  Very Beatrix Potter.  Then I thought 'Oo-er - they're a bit big for mice!'..and as they scurried away out of sight, I realised that they were baby rats.  Now that's 'Eek!'

Rose Bed

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 16:47

I'd forgo the lavender, although it is associated so much in our 'romantic' minds with roses.  I'd plant Nepeta ( catmint ) 'Six Hills Giant' which is tough, tolerant, bomb-proof,  long lived and has that heavenly blue-mauve spike that lavender gives - plus the bees love it just as much, if not more.

A shorter rose which I have had enormous success with is 'Easy Does It'  ( 'Harpageant' - Harkness roses ) which is the most fabulous shade of - well - Zinfandel wine, actually!  A reddish, coppery, rusty...impossible to describe....very unusual...but it flowers all through the season, is disease resistant, and lovely as a cut flower for the house.  Gorgeous little rose. 

And you could try 'L'Aimant' which is a truer pink Floribunda, and taller,  with a lovely scent.  No, they're not the 'New English' roses, but they're a lot tougher.  I developed a bed of the 'New English' roses many years ago, but they practically all failed as I did not fully appreciate that they weren't ideal for the cooler climate and less sunshine of Scotland, so I've reverted to the out-of-fashion hybrid teas and florries, which are not quite as fragrant, but boy! can they pack a punch!

I know that 'rose beds' seem to have currently gone out of favour, but you stick with it!  Fashion fades, style remains!  Do what you love and never mind the fashionistas!

Talkback: How to sow sweet pea seeds

Posted: 26/02/2012 at 16:31

I live in the Coldest North ( Aberdeenshire ) and I've been growing Sweet Peas for years...not for exhibition, just because I love them.  For years I used to fiddle and faff around, soaking, freezing, 'chitting' the seeds; planting them on, nurturing them, planting them out in toilet roll containers...they were a right pain!  Last year, due to lack of time, a very harsh winter and an arthritic pair of knees,  I planted the seeds directly from the packet into a lovely huge terracotta pot, placed a metal obelisk into it, and just left them to fend for themselves, although I did give them a 'drink' when the weather dried the pot out a little.  They came up within weeks, the mice couldn't climb into the pot to eat them, nor could the rabbits, and they just grew and grew and twined themselves around the obelisk and were fabulous, right through until the first frosts.  Keep picking the flowers - the more you pick, the more they produce!  I'm hoping for the same rate of success this year, and I hope you have the same!

Discussions started by BrendaScott53

Propagating and Growing Bilberries

Advice, please 
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Last Post: 12/04/2014 at 18:27

Hyacinth Bulbs

Will they flower next year? 
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Last Post: 07/05/2012 at 14:03

Mystery 'Tree'

Can YOU help? 
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Last Post: 29/02/2012 at 08:01
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