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Latest posts by chicky

Peony help needed

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 06:39

Hi Sara - can't help you with the name, but thought i would let you know that i am growing one that my uncle raised from a stem cutting - so if you have some patience you might be able to grow one exactly the same as your neighbours.

also, if you can post a photo of the flowers someone on here might recognise it


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 06:31

Morning Fairy, and those yet to come.  Damp here, although not actually raining. Only 2 days at work this week, then off for a long weekend in Norfolk visiting rellies.  Will keep my eyes open for Doves, Nuts, Artjaks and Salinos .


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 23:37

I'll be there ..... VERY excited!!

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:56

Wow Maureen - thats quite a donation - well done you!


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:49

Complete washout of a day here - but nice steady gentle rain will get those plants growing!  Did some GH jobs - my seed grown delphiniums and agastache are coming along nicely - probably will spend their first year in pots, and in the GH for the winter, ready to plant out next spring.  I have delphiniums in the garden grown this way a few years ago, and they are now huge beasts.  They seem to establish better for me that way than GC ones, which seem to expire the first season(probably been forced in a dutch hothouse somewhere).  Having said that, i have just put in a Blackmore and Langdon order, after drooling over their Chelsea stand.  But they will have been grown here, so hopefully will do ok.  I have Faust, Orpheus, Fanfare and Blue Dawn to look forward too.

Sorry, that was meant to be a quick post carried away with my delphinium thoughts ......


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 10:10

Morning All.  An inside day today.

Someone on here recently (?Verdun??) said something about cutting Lupins right back once they have flowered - is that right?  Is it like giving the hardy geraniums their haircut??  Mine are wonderful at the moment, but i am thinking ahead.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 21:10

Great to see you bouncing back Sweetpea  Looking very colourful again.

Here's a few more from this weekend

 The blue lupin is Persian Slipper

 Snowball tree is great this year

 Kathleen Wheeler is very special - flowers the size of dinner plates

 Natascha is special too

 Gertrude Jekyll - really needs smellivision to do her justice


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 20:58

I can only do 20th - it is a bit of a way for me, but i just happen to be driving to the Peak District that weekend, and i can make it "on the way".  But don't want to hijack if other dates work better for others.


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 20:54

Great baskets Panda - look like they are overflowing already, which is how I like my baskets to look. 

Love those red flowers Lizzie - son has good taste (Or has been well trained)


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 19:58
We seem to have missed the rain too - been glorious all day. Made a good effort on the weeding - reacquainted myself with parts of the beds i haven't seen for ages. In my absence 3 toads had set up residence in the fallen leaves - hope they have been eating slugs for me

Our turn for rain tomorrow - got a few GH jobs to do, but then might have to resort to HW and that thing you do to flatten clothes ......

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