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yes, it's me again ....

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 07:38

Agree with Buttercupdays re leafmould and yes, the plant is a hydrangea macrophylla

Not sure what your 'blue powder' is - tell us more

White powder stuff on leaves, stems and new buds of patio buddleja

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 07:36

Thought I'd just mention that some varieties of buddleja do naturally have a sort of powdery look due to fine silvery hairs on the young stems and leaves which is just part of the attraction of the plant and nothing to worry about.


Posted: 05/07/2015 at 07:32

Good morning Hosta and anyone else who's about

Hope today's not too hot and sticky Hosta, with all that driving - hope there's a cooling drink at the end of it

It's already warming up here - nearly 18C - and to think that just over a fortnight ago I was tempted to put the heating on   Nearly 35C here yesterday.

Not putting the oven on today - I'm going to make lamb kleftiko in the slow cooker - that won't heat the kitchen up

My First ever roses ..... panicking, why have they grown so fast?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 07:06

It'll be fun waiting to see how those roses develop, and as Logan says - obelisks or  pillars would be great if they do turn out to be climbers - if that happens we'll explain to you how to grain the main canes of the rose horizontally so that it produces blooms all over and not just at the top.  In the meantime the fun is in the waiting

Those patio roses look great I'm waiting for my agapanthus buds to burst into flower too.

And it looks as if your Under Gardener is quite good at keeping that lawn nice

doves taking over

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 07:01

Verdun, song thrushes are also on the Red List - their numbers have declined by over 50% between 1970 and 1995 - again changes in farming practices and an increase in the occurrence of dry summers is believed to be the main cause.coupled with the effects of the use of slug and snail pellets - snails are an important food source for thrushes in dry periods when worms and other invertebrates move deeper in the soil to seek moisture.

We see song thrushes when we visit OH's mum, she lives opposite a churchyard with a stone wall all around which has homes for lots of snails - we also see them when we visit this nature reserve nearby .

Last summer I was thrilled to hear a song thrush singing near to our home on several evenings, and I've also heard it a few times this year - hopefully the talked about increase in their numbers is true.



Posted: 04/07/2015 at 21:22

BL, by the way, I find that recently, if I follow a link from email to PMs I get taken to a blank page, but if I go to my name in the top right and click on Messages I get there


Posted: 04/07/2015 at 21:17

Chicky - that's a bit of a coup!  Well done

BL - Outlook seems to be totally up the spout today - but I'll meet you at 1pm in the pub that we spoke of - it has lots of little rooms as well as a lovely garden out the back and benches overlooking the church at the front - just tell the staff that you're meeting me, and I'll do the same and hopefully they'll steer us both to the right place


A few mystery plants that need identifying

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 20:54

I grew an echium from seed years ago that looked very much like No 3 - the bees loved it - really can't remember what it was called tho - all I know is that it was an echium

What's this?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 20:49

Looks like one from here

What is this please?

Posted: 04/07/2015 at 20:46
Tetley wrote (see)

Picture 2 is Philadelphus coronarius.   I think you`ll find Belle etoile has a purple tinge in the centre.        ...

You're absolutely right of course - so it does - it's a long while since I've seen one that I knew for sure was Belle Etoile

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