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Latest posts by david spikes

Daphne

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 21:33

the foliage looks like my jims pride which does pretty well for me-it defoliates every winter then blooms on bare wood. my carol mackie is 10 ft across by 4 high and is powerfully scented just at dusk on cool evenings.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 18:37

just a sunflower but 9 ft tall

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beautiful salvia-my barely hardy mojaves take all summer to recover then bloom in sept. 

whats cooking from the garden

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 18:31

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 green chili fresh corn and pork stew

sunflower seeds

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 18:05

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Composting

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 17:43

weeds treated with glyphosphate can be composted. adding other treated materials can actually stop the compost process. lawn weed and feeds and systemic treatments seem to be the worst-they are meant to linger but other weed killers are very long lived so probably better not to use any in the compost.

phlox paniculata

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 17:30

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phlox paniculata

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 17:26

the more or less original ones-bright eyes, davidii and  that pinky purply magenta one seed around and about but the hybrids one would like seem not to. for a few years davidii were a curse comparable to asters but have now been replaced by leucanthemum as worst offenders. does anyone have any thoughts on why plants go through cycles of exuberant seeding then fade and sometimes stop. at various times ive been overwhelmed with centranthus, echinacea, asters, leucanthemum and phlox-then suddenly its hard to find a seedling. 

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 05:15

blue flower is a gentian-rigida?

phlox paniculata

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 04:30

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 its sheer laziness that keeps me from having something like this at this time of year but next year will be different bekkie some of the ground cover phlox will do in shade but think the paniculata need full sun.

phlox paniculata

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 00:22
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 lunch in graegle with my friend susan. i always forget how wonderful her phlox are-sigh. been thinking about redoing the border by the front gate-perhaps its time for a phlox obsession. how are all of yours doing?

Discussions started by david spikes

what color is your garden

late bloomers 
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Last Post: 24/10/2014 at 14:44

along came a spider

i'd run away too 
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Last Post: 23/10/2014 at 16:04

autumn crocus

do you grow them 
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Last Post: 29/08/2014 at 08:27

dahlias dahling

show us your best 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 16:44

whats cooking from the garden

its all good 
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Last Post: 24/08/2014 at 15:00

sunflower seeds

and the pear tree is full of birds cooing and twittering 
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Last Post: 23/08/2014 at 18:14

phlox paniculata

would that they were mine 
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Last Post: 26/08/2014 at 13:26

clematis tie dyed

great blue variegation first of its type 
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Last Post: 16/07/2014 at 17:54

what were they thinking of

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Last Post: 26/06/2014 at 18:18

overachievers

great thread on underachievers. think we need to balance it. do you have something which has gone gonzo this year after fiddling about forever? 
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Last Post: 06/06/2014 at 16:33

just curious

usa/britain 
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Last Post: 04/04/2012 at 20:47

searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Last Post: 29/02/2012 at 23:53

Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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Last Post: 08/05/2012 at 10:26

bulbs

all through the year 
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Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 20:25
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