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Have I got an orchid???

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 14:18

Thanks both I have been holding my breath, just in case I was wrong, but now I am really really super excited

Will post my pics on orchid-observers - thanks for the link landgirl

Have I got an orchid???

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 13:20

We have an area of grassland which we have been trying to turn into a wildflower meadow. This year the yellow rattle is really getting established (thanks Nutcutlet), and new flowers have started appearing (we haven't sown any seed, so it is just what is in the seedbank, plus donations from passing wildlife).  Today,I found this



 The last pic is its leaves - sort of like a mini-tulips leaves but narrower, with purple spots on.

my Sarah Raven book says it might be a Heath Spotted orchid.....does anyone know

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 11:49

They look splendid with that orange Mrs G

East Anglian garden visting

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 11:47

Have a great time on Friday ...lovely garden

Getting myself on the notification list for this thread, as I would be up for a Beth Chatto visit if it was a date I could take off work.


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 11:42

Welcome back Panda - glad you had a fab time  Time to rest up now

Just back from GC with 2 baby courgette plants.  About to pop over to the GH - bet I find mine have germnated overnight

My mind is made up on the crambe - thanks Dove and Hosta.  none in stock at crocus, but have gone on the email waiting list


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 08:58

Oooooooh flower beds  Look forward to watching the project progress

Climbers in pots?

Posted: 30/05/2015 at 08:54

If you go for clematis, try the boulevard collection, which have been bred especially for pots.  they grow to about 6 feet and flower all the way down.  About 20 different colours/types to choose from.  Cut down to 6 inches every Feb/march and feed with the slow release fertiliser and they do briliantly  Heres mine (called Abilene) from last year

 Its been in that same pot for 5 or 6 years


Posted: 30/05/2015 at 08:45

Morning - blue skies here too.  FiL coming to watch cup final, but that shouldn't stop me getting out in the garden.

i've got gaura to plant too Verdun, but mine are the white ones (bridal something).  I usually find about half get through the winter, but I treat them like penstemon and overwinter cuttings to fill the gaps.  They are a lovely plant.

quite fancy the crambe cordifolia that Monty showed on GW last night for the back of our borders - does anyone grow it ???

other tasks for the weekend are to weed out all the forget-me-nots and plant up my summer pots

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 29/05/2015 at 21:51

I think the angelica is looking great Fidget - a real statement.  Those aquilegias are soooo pretty too.  I have a couple you gave me last year, but they haven't flowered yet ....will keep you posted


Posted: 29/05/2015 at 19:05

PS my courgettes didn't even germinate - am going to try and find some small plants in the GC this weekend

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