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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 20:04

Lovely pix again everyone - always lovely to see them 

The heavy rain yesterday has freshened the beds and borders at last although we need a lot more. Not often I can say that here!

Took a photo of my clematis Etoile Violette. Always such great value - flowers for ages and still just a young plant.



Posted: 13/07/2014 at 20:08

I popped out for a bit and there's all this extra news!

Congrats to BL - that'll keep you out of trouble 

Glad you've had a good time Andy - did you enjoy Chelsea etc? Perhaps you could persuade Mrs Andy to get a roof rack or a small trailer... I meant for extra plants, not her...

Edd  Don't think mine ever ate anything too unsavoury. Except when their Dad cooked....


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 18:39

I didn't like to say.....


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 18:27

I can't even attract nutters any more Verd.....

Thought I'd better follow my own advice and take a look at my toms today as I've ignored them for a day or two  Trusses set on all plants now so gave them a feed. Removed some of the lower leaves too - I think it helps with air circulation especially if they're a bit confined like mine are - plastic growhouses not a real greenhouse. Good husbandry I feel.

Italophile was on earlier Verd - gave OL some advice about her brown bottom.....

Great pix Dove. Amazing how quickly a pond establishes. I wish more people would give them a go - so beneficial for wildlife.

Brilliant tatties OL! 

The hydrangea has pretty standard white flowers lily - clue's in the title though - the leaves are oak leaf shaped 


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 14:23

I had a pair of anvil ones years ago which my  Mum bought me but I never found they cut cleanly so I stick with bypass. Perhaps they were poorer quality though and just didn't function very well.

Suggestions for white late summer flowers

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 14:19

Just remembered there's also a white Sedum (iceplant) called Iceberg, if it's still available. I had it in a previous garden but I've not seen it recently. I'd like it for the white/plum/purple raised border I have here. 


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 14:02

That's really lovely Bill. Difficult for you to look at just now perhaps, but it will be a great source of pleasure for you in time. Glad Mrs BIll is ok 

OL - was it you that wanted an oak leaf Hydrangea cutting? I haven't forgotten about it, but there's not enough suitable growth for me to take any right now so I'll wait a little while before I do it. They flower in late summer rather than spring so I don't really want to start hacking bits off until I see where all the buds are 

Suggestions for white late summer flowers

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 13:55

I'll echo Japanese anemones- Honorine Jobert and Whirlwind are white, Asters - I don't grow them but I'm sure there are whites available. Dahlias will flower till the frost gets them, but you may need to source whites and grow them on yourself  - I think most GCs sell the more colourful ones generally. If you have room for shrubs - Potentilla will flower forever, I have Abbotswood which is easy to get. Buddleia will flower then if you have room for it - there's a couple of white varieties. There's lots of Clematis if you want a climber, and next year you could do sweet peas - plenty of whites available. A good vertical is Cimcifuga ( Called Actea now) which gets tall and has white or pinky white plumes. Most of them have dark plummy foliage and they like a bit of shade. They flower late summer into autumn. 

Very quick question

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 12:08

I believe preparing the ground you're going to plant in well is always worth while. I spend a lot of time giving a plant the best start I can - putting it in a good location, keeping it weed free, pruning appropriately and therefore giving it the chance to grow well.

And after all that, if it doesn't can go to the great compost bin in the sky 


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 11:31

OL- I think that's why I find pots better - easier to keep an eye on the soil conditions etc. I wait for mine to look a bit wilted before I water - seems to work - and I try not to water later at night so that they're not sitting in cold wet compost. We often have quite a dip in temperature overnight here, especially in later spring/early summer,  so that's always worth bearing in mind.  I think it's consistency that's important too, but it's not always possible when there's so much else to do is it?  I dare say growbag compost is probably as hit and miss now as many of the bagged composts, so maybe you just had a slightly duff bag 

Being a fairy bekkie - I just wave a wand in the general direction of household duties...

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