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Does anyone recognise this dahlia?

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 21:37

I fell in love with this dahlia today at East Ruston - does anyone recognise it please?

 Isnt it absolutely gorgeous?

Some unknowns ....

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 21:31

Nut, you generously gave me an Actaea pachypoda didn't you?  But it has black berries - nigra?

And I have a Molly the Witch from you - but East Ruston has them by the several square metres!!! 

I did recognise the peony eventually, when I looked at the photograph with my glasses on   I should have put my glasses on earlier when looking at the plants   I think the fact that there was such a large area of them absolutely threw me - without my glasses on it looked like some thick shrubby undergrowth. 

Thanks everyone 

Some unknowns ....

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 20:51

Hi, please can you give me a hand putting names to these plants that were in the gardens at Gt Ruston today...









 3. now I look at this one properly it's a peony isn't it?  Amazing what a decent camera and a pair of spectacles can do





Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 20:12

GG it's the Sycamore Moth caterpillar - 

Isn't it amazing?!!!

not poisonous although the hairs may be an irritant.  Feeds on Horse chestnut, Large leaved lime, mulberry and oak.  It will overwinter as a pupa.

There are very few caterpillars that I would squidge - cabbage whites on my brassicas possibly 

Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 19:15

We went to The Old Rectory at East Ruston this afternoon - I'd not been for a long time and the plantings have certainly matured since I was last there.  I'll put some pics up.

 Time for tea and scones 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 19:04

Stacey - that's a month away - RING TOMORROW!!!  Pleeeeeeeeeeeease 

We're back from East Ruston   Gorgeous day, gorgeous gardens, gorgeous plants 

I know you won't believe this, but I didn't buy any plants!!!  However, I've not suddenly turned over a new leaf - lots have been jotted down for consideration for the new bed I'm going to dig in front of the house.  If I'd bought anything today I'd have been cramming things into the Shady Bank, and that's full enough already - in fact it needs a sort out next  spring (when a retired person will have more time).

What I did do was take lots of photos  So I'll put them on the Gardens we have Visitiied thread in a bit.  And we did remember to measure the silver birches Chicky.  We measured several and they varied between 5 and 7 ft apart.  That slight variation was apparent when you looked at them, and it was just enough to stop them looking regimented.  I'lll post a pic



Posted: 29/09/2013 at 18:53

I'd use the new young leaves in salads now, before the frost gets them.  They're also favourite in this house with slices of salami in a sandwich 

Composting leaves in a dalek

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 18:51

That's why once they've started to rot down, the following summer we incorporate them with our compost which heats up nicely and they speed up a bit  Last autumn's leaves are in the compost which will be spread on the veg patch this autumn/next spring.

Composting leaves in a dalek

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:18

They need to keep practising apparently 

We bag ours in bin bags - usually 8 to a dozen as we have two big ash trees.  We punch a few holes in the bags and stack them in a corner for the winter, then during the summer, when we're putting lots of layers of greenstuff in the compost bins we haul out a bag of leaves every so often and add them - seems to work ok 

Composting leaves in a dalek

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 10:10

They'll be fine in there - good idea - they'll take their time - leaves always do - a bit of recycled beer or cider will help and a good stir occasionally 

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