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Rose Garden

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 20:23

I think the type of rose flower shape you're talking about is the Hybrid Tea rather than the English Rose that David Austin specialises in.

Have a look here they have lots of choices which you can find via the search facility at the left hand side, but I think the one I've linked to - Lady Sylvia, would look gorgeous surrounded by lavender. 

Pinching Out Tops of Broad Beans

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 19:05

When the bottom truss of flowers has formed pods, you can pinch out the tops of the plants - it'll help avoid blackfly infestation, and also encourage the plants to put all their energy into forming flowers and pods.  

Don't throw the tips away, cook them as you would spring cabbage - add a knob of butter and some black pepper - deliciious!


Posted: 01/04/2014 at 19:03
KEF wrote (see)

Nah Dove Yorkies will win out, if we get Richard's bones back lol. .........

I hate to remind you, but remember where Boudicca came from!!!- she was one pretty determined woman with some 'interesting' battle strategies 

What does a pond need for a good ecosystem

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 18:59



little bee wrote (see)
....I definitely would like some sort of grass like plant....

I've got various carex for around our new pond - they're happy in dampish soil and are going to look great 

Sparrows Dusting !!

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 18:10

I love watching sparrows enjoying a dust bath - they were all over the farmyard when I was a child - thanks NewBoy2 


Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:56

Patience Lily 


Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:39
star gaze lily wrote (see)

............ Wow Dove what a lucky girl, all those new plants. How kind of nut...........

She's my Garden Angel  

Oooh KEF - Brave Girl Award!!!


Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:37

But she wants to keep it creamy pink!  

Pink mophead macrophylla hydrangeas will stay pink on chalky soil.  They will turn mauve/blueish if your soil is acid.  

However, my guess is that your hydrangea isn't a macrophylla - it sounds like H paniculata 'Limelight' or similar - the lime content of the soil won't affect its colour.

Does it have a label?



Posted: 01/04/2014 at 17:30

Hmm, there's quite a few of us in East Anglia now - we could go for independence 

I've been in the garden all day - manure dug into new front bed, three clematis planted, and the viburnum bodnatense Charles Lamont, and the Molly the Witch Nut gave me last year.  I also bought a big Apta terracotta pot and potted up the Campsis radicans Flamenco for the terrace. Some other bits of planting and potting up and sorting out have been done - I've also been moving the hazels around in their pots, working out where they're going to be planted, along with snowdrops and primroses.  

This evening I shall be making a list of some more plants needed for the pond edges, as the GC up the road has some new ones in and I need to go up there tomorrow anyway for some more FYM.  

Plant IDs please!

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 14:43

It'll be ok outside if there's no frost - but the info you have linked to is for the US and the hardiness zones 6-9 given there are the southern states, Florida and California - not sure where in the UK you are, but I'll bet it can get cooler than in Florida 

Info for the UK given here 

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ID please

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Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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Yes, that soon!!! 
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Did you participate? 
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..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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