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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 18:53

 and leaves of climbing rose a Shropshire Lad


Not really a lovely pic, but exciting for me as they are my hostas in a pot.



Posted: 24/02/2014 at 18:43

Have I missed more goings on? I don't ignore or block - far too curious! I see dog thread has gone.

Been busy gardening, pruned lots of clematis this afternoon, just got Etoile Violette to do and she is an absolute tangle, was very vigorous last year. There has been a horrid mole digging tunnels under 5 clematis on the rose trellis. They all seem to have new shoots or buds though.


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 13:39

I must mention Fidget's Hellebore flower photos before they disappear on page before. They are gorgeous and what a good way to photograph them, so that you can see the flowers properly.

Distinctive Shrub/Plant

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 13:37

I'm sorry to hear of the death of your father. I remember when mine died, not an easy time.

There are various very fragrant plants that flower at this time of year, Lonicera fragrantissima, Daphnes, Sarcococca, Hammamelis (Witch hazel). There are also some winter flowering clematis, but I think a shrub could be more reliable.


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 13:26

Sorted one bed this morning, weeding, pruning where necessary. It's a shrub bed with lavender edging. Planted a new lavender as one had died. The exochorda "The Bride" is covered in buds and the sambucus "Black Lace" is getting dark red buds. The choisya "Aztec Pearl" has grown quite a bit since this time last year, thought it would never get going. There were masses of tiny goosegrass weeds starting.

Mondays pop quiz!

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 13:08

It's a shame the first ones won't enlarge.

I think lavender as well, bit of a sorry specimen, other possibility could be santolina, that's grey too but with finely cut feathery leaves.

The short spreading shrub with it could be a rather large, elderly rock rose, can't see it properly.

Seed head does look like mullein or verbascum (same thing).

The cabbagey thing is a sedum, something like "Autumn Joy".

I think the rose bed has hundreds of self seeded Forget-me-nots in it. Could be the wild sort with tiny flowers, could be the garden sort, but there are far too many, far too close together. The roses need the dead bits cut out, a good prune and a good feed.

driving on the grass

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 12:57

If the bin men won't do anything then you could do what I did when my horse galloped on the lawn. Insert a garden fork and lift the earth then carefully shake it down again and sow some grass seed. The earth has been compressed, it needs uncompressing.


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 12:52

There are squeals of delight when they germinate, Nut, and there are wails of anguish when they don't. At the moment there is stress about my Sweet Peas, sown on 7th February, 2 to a loo roll of compost. 2 germinated and are about an inch tall, should be 36 plants to 18 loo rolls. Then nothing, but this morning 5 more are up so all is not lost!

shady colonade

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 09:59

Honeysuckle will grow in some shade too, especially shade at the bottom and sun at the top, like clematis.


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 09:49

I have a 90cm wide drawer of seeds in the utility room. I am also a bit of a hoarder so a lot of the packets are opened and/or past their sell by dates, but I can't bring myself to throw them away. I think the only ones that ever get thrown away are parsnips because I know they don't keep.

My OH has just made me a 2m x 30cm shelf over a radiator under the sitting room window because I ran out of space for the seeds I'd sown too early. GH isn't reliably warm enough yet.

When I go to the Garden Centre I always stop to admire the seed packets on the way to the plants. Often they fall accidently into my trolley.

I also have envelopes of collected seeds, some of which I forgot to write the date on, so I can't throw them away in case they are still viable.

Am I a seedaholic?

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