Latest posts by chrissieB

Another Plant ID please

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 09:19

It was very pretty, Ladybird4. I did think an ID might be long shot but would love to know what it is. Rosa villosa might be a good candidate.

Hamamelis "Arnold Promise"

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 08:43


We visited a local GC yesterday and saw this plant beginning to show the most fabulous autumn colour. I am very tempted as I do like Hammamelis and but does anyone know how good Arnold Promise is for scent? Or can recommend one with excellent scent?

In my experience visiting gardens they can vary dramatically and if I do make space one, I want as scented a one as possible.

Thanks x

Another Plant ID please

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 08:23


Another Unknown variety from our new garden, this time a rose. Was smothered in flowers in May/June - pale pink and with a lovely delicate look of silk/tissue paper. No noticeable scent and only the one flush of flowers although it lasted some weeks.

No obvious hips forming but the new whippy growth has lovely colours with a pink/purple tinge to the stem. It's a small shrub about 1m/3ft high and wide but sent out some whippy new growth easily 45cm/18" long. Happy in a shady spot under an apple tree.

The roses we have identified have all been old rose varieties so this could be of the same stable but we cannot identify which one?

Plant ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 08:17


Does anyone know what cultivar this hydrangea is. The flowers were pale green/white buds initially and the colour has intensified as they open from pale blue to darker blue/purple. It has probably been in the garden for some time so will be an older variety.

Is also tough as old boots as in very narrow border in complete shade backed by a lilac hedge and beech tree so bone dry and only needed to water it once during all our hot weather this summer.

thanks x

garden topiary buddha

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 15:38

I hadn't thought of starting with a cone, think I will do that with my yew and then see what inspiration strikes, thanks Paula

Signs that Autumn is upon us

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 09:00

I'm going to stick my neck out and say that it feels exactly like late summer and we have had lots of lovely summer weather lately.

Signs of late summer for me are the light gradually becoming more golden and spiders webs beggining to appear everywhere and lovely warm and earlier twilights for watching the bats

garden topiary buddha

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 08:57

Very impressed and inspired. I have a small yew which I'm thinking of topiarising (is that a word?) so looking for inspiration. How long did he take to do and did you use a frame?

Dead trolley bargain hunt

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 08:48

Aym280, Verdun did have a thread recently which showed Ruffled and Wild swan. I think it was called something like 'spot the difference'. I seem to remember that the main difference was the colouring on the back but both are beautiful

Affordable planters

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 08:43

Ther are some online retailers that do larger containers try Primrose. Alternatively you could look on some of the agricultural supplies sites if you like the look of metal troughs - you can get quite large ones reasonably priced and you just need to put some drainage holes in the bottom and voila a lovely large planter. you may find similar at a reclamation yard but they may be dearer sourced from there.

Rooting hormone and hydrangeas

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 14:44

Tanks to everyone for replies and comments. Will experiment wig and without and report back.

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