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more mystery plants

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 14:00

The first one is Centaurea montana

The climber looks like a honeysuckle.

On-line purchases

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:47

Fair enough Verdun - they are cheaper  

I suppose I benefit from not paying postage as they're so local to me so they can get my order ready for me and I can pick it up as I go past - that's if I'm too rushed visitng Ma to actually call in and wander around - I can spend all day there.

On-line purchases

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:38

Here's the Good Guys thread with lots of recommendations

I've never found better than these


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 13:34

As well as cutting both the lawns, the front border has been hoed and weeded, some more hellebore babies from 'Tutu' have been potted up and pots of expiring tulips have been put out of site behind the raised bed.  OH has swept, hosed and scrubbed the terrace and I've sloshed about in the pond removing blanket weed - a frog looked a bit bemused but stayed where he was. 

Now my feet are up and I'm having some lovely local Binham Blue cheese with the last of the crusty boule I bought from Southwold the other day. 

After lunch I've some aquilegias and delphiniums to find space for in the front border - hopefully the rain that's forecast for tomorrow will water them in well.

After that I'll put a lemon and tarragon chicken in to roast.  We'll have that with new potatoes (Majorcan) and some braised lettuce and peas.  It all sounds very French - shame the sky's clouding over - it doesn't look as if supper on the terrace is on the cards. 

Advice about fig

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 11:25

This summer will be the third year I've had mine - it's a Brown Turkey.  It burst into leaf about a week ago - it's in a big pot (24"x24"x24"approx) outside in a sheltered corner of the terrace facing south-ish.  At the moment it's taking a watering can full every other day. 


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 11:21

Good luck Verdun - maybe he should get some nice old-fashioned hand tools - power tools are soooooooooo noisy and antii-social.  If diplomacy doesn't work, what about a smokey bonfire when the wind's in the right direction - that'd send him indoors (only joking).

Well, both lawns are mowed, but I only got one border edged 'cos the strimmer ran out of blue string and I'd forgotten to get a replacement when I fitted the last reel - I suppose I'll have to go to the GC (again) later in the week

Now there's some goosegrass to remove from around the clematis.


Advice about fig

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 10:55

Is it dry?  Although it needs free-draining compost and doesn't like to have wet feet, mine is quite thirsty at this time of year

Keepers or chuckers?

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 10:53

That looks like Ox-eye daisy to me,

or Moon Daisies as my childfren called them - see Noggin and the Moon Mouse

Anyone else get slightly "rare" bird visitors?

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 10:48

IAs well as sunflower hearts, dried and fresh mealworms and ground feed, I've started feeding  suet pellets containing mealworms in a peanut holder - I find that as well as being visited by the blue and great tits, the house sparrows just love these as do the starlings.  The starlings also have to work just a bit harder to cling onto the wire so don't make quite such pigs of themselves as they do on the suet blocks, and this gives the smaller brds a chance.

Is this a massive Dogwood?

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 10:27

Looks like a philadelphus to me

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