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Tree for the garden

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 19:23

I agree with Will.  Lilac is gorgeous when it's in flower - there's one in the garden opposite here and for about three weeks each year it's a picture - then for the rest of the summer it's a green blob and in the winter it's a rather unattractive twiggy bundle.

A multi-stem birch would be lovely there, but they're a bit pricey. 

A rowan would be lovely, flowers in the spring, leaves in the summer, berries and leaf colour in the autumn and a handsome outline in the winter - and it would be great for birds.


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 19:10

Was the power surge due to a storm?  There was some bad weather forecast for your area today .

OH has just popped down to Waitrose on his bike for ice cream - he says we need it - with any luck he'll come back with the coconut and lime one - have you tried that?  It's wonderful

weather warning

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 19:04

It's been warm and sticky here Nut - nearly 27C this afternoon, nearly 22C at the moment - OH has just gone down to Waitrose on his bike to get us some ice cream

Hoping for some rain later on tonight ...


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 18:56

Oh dear Hosta - that sounds an absolutely terrible day ((hugs)) Enjoy your Old Speckled Hen -  is there a second?  Think you deserve two.   My OH likes an Old Speckled Hen from time to time  but this evening he's having Badger's Golden Champion


What is this weed??

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 18:23

Hi Rachel - there's quite a few that answer that description - can you post a photo for us to have a look at please - to post a photo you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post ...

Nesting boxes

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 17:36
Jo47 wrote (see)

Wasn't that an Enid Blyton one Dove ............... one of her nature series? 

Very probably Jo

Can anyone tell me if this will grow in Great Britain? I saw loads of it in Spa

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 17:27

I can't see that terribly clearly but I think it's a Tradescantia zebrina - grown in the UK as a houseplant.  Don't think it's frost-hardy.

There are various sorts with different colours and stripey markings.


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 16:13

Wonky - overall that sounds a positive day

Are your thousands of punk ladybird larvae still munching aphids?


I've just summer-pruned the gooseberry bush and picked half of them, leaving half to ripen.  It's a third year bush and we've got loads more berries than ever before.  It's quite a complicated bush to prune as it's very lax and the branches try to sprawl across the ground. 

Beans misbehaving

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 14:47

Runner beans climb anti- clockwise (when viewed from above) but sometimes they do seem to take a while to get the hang of it - I wonder if the strongish winds we've had lately haven't helped - most of mine got the hang of it but some just wouldn't until I sloped a small cane next to them holding the tip of the bean shoot against their wigwam and by next morning they'd got the idea and were winding themselves upwards quite happily. 

Just continue as you have done and tie the stem against the pole - they'll get the hang of it eventually.

They'll need loads of water in a container, especially in this windy weather which dries plants out quickly.

Help identify!

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 13:46

Celosia cristata - Cocks comb plant

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