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fragrant honeysuckle

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 09:07

My absolute favourite honeysuckle is Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas' - a beautiful creamy flower with wonderful scent, particularly in the evening.

Other 'traditional' honeysuckles are Belgica (early flowering) and Serotina (later flowering) both of which have the creamy gold flowers tipped with red and both are deliciously fragrant. 

You couldn't go wrong with any of them - I've managed to fit all three into my garden 

Plant needed for round year interest for small border

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 07:56

If only the weeds will grow the soil is probably lacking in fertility - weeds are good at growing in poor soil but most garden plants need more nutrition.  

Regular applications of manure and Fish Blood and Bone are needed to increase the long term fertility of that border.


Posted: 08/07/2014 at 07:49
Fairygirl wrote (see)

.... I'd love the balloon ride I think....a view of earth you wouldn't normally get. ....

Fairy, I'd have thought that with those wings of yours you'd be quite used to that sort of view 

Anyone knows what is this yellow-leaf plant?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 07:45

Mel, my elderly Book of Houseplants published by Octopus in 1978 says:

"Codiaeum (Croton) - (16-18C/61-6F South East Asia) Challenging plants that are available  in many shades of orange, red and yellow, white, cream and purple-black, with some plants having all these colours in many shades present in a single leaf.  In keeping with the majority of plants with highly-coloured leaves, Joseph's Coat is not at all easy to care for and will require the conditions that most tender plants demand and the skills of the experienced grower to maintain them in good order.  In ideal greenhouse conditions plants will attain of height of 3m/10ft or more, by which time they are a truly magnificent sight; as a pot plant the usual height is 60cm/2ft.  Maximum sunlight, though no scorching, is essential if they are to retain their exotic colouring, and it is also important that the soil should at no time be allowed to dry out.  Liquid feeding of established plants once a week during summer must not be neglected, and it will be found that mature plants will require fertilizer at at least double the strength that the manufacturer recommends.  To pot these greedy feeding plants into soil-less mixture would be a waste of effort, as it is important that loam should be included in the mixture.  Propagate by means of cuttings about 13cm/5in in length taken from the top-most growth of the plant.  Treat the severed end with rooting powder before inserting the cutting in a peat and sand mixture - the temperature in the propagator must be in the region of 20C/68F.  Although conditions are not ideal, crotons will go on for a considerable time in a warm room that is well provided with windows."

I would point out that this book was written for the northern European market - I'm sure in your climate you don't find this such a challenging plant. 

I hope that is helpful 


Posted: 08/07/2014 at 07:09

Good morning KEF 

I think I'd rather be on the boat than the balloon ride too, although the view across the river valley and the marshes here must be wonderful on a morning like this 


Posted: 08/07/2014 at 06:52

We use Fairygirl's magic wand to keep them away from here Edd   

Good morning all   

A beautiful sunny morning here 

Just half a mile up the road is a meadow used for hot air balloon take-offs - on beautiful summer mornings we often hear the sound of the gas burner as a balloon rises slowly over our house and garden - a lovely sight this morning



Posted: 07/07/2014 at 22:54

Bumping up 


Posted: 07/07/2014 at 22:43

As Nut says, click on the Ignore button under their avatar and they're gone 


Posted: 07/07/2014 at 22:39

It's just some clever so and so - they cut and paste something they've found online and then set up some software to keep posting it onto forums' - they try to find something that will get a reaction that they think will get the website taken down 'cos they're nasty-minded  people - little things please little minds 

aldi fig tree

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 22:36

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