Fairygirl


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Could you identify this plant

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 13:19

It's a paeony NG75.  

Is this a yellow rhodedendron?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 13:15

ES - it can be difficult to ID a particular variety of some plants  - mainly because there can be so many that are similar, and also because it can depend on light, the camera, and the stage the flowers are at. 


There's one called Crest which is also very similar to your one. 


I always reckon the variety doesn't matter - as long as you like it  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 13:10

Yvie - it was sheer good fortune that it was so dry. It would have been awful otherwise. 


Your plants are all looking terrific. Nelly in particular. It often looks so wishy washy but that's maybe because people plant it in too sunny a site  


I might get some red geums for the new border - it's going to have gaudy, bright clashing colours - in theory 


You wouldn't have said all the ladies are looking fabulous if you'd seen me dandling my weary feet in the river on the way home yesterday...I'll spare everyone the photo...maybe....

Last edited: 05 June 2016 13:11:39

HELLO FORKERS! June Edition

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 13:02

Yvie - that's interesting that your photo resizing works differently. I also have Windows 10 but all my photos go straight into the Windows Photo Library. That's where I right click and it brings up all the options. I just resize to 'large' and it makes them all around 1MB or thereabouts. It was so much easier when we had the external site. I just moved the pix I wanted - whatever the size was, it worked. I dare say I'll get used to  it, but I find the pic size very small when I click on the camera, so I have to view, choose and edit everything on Windows first so that I can upload the resized ones 


Hope you have a lovely time garden visiting


Stopped en route yesterday for a pic of 'The Bookil'  - you can see all four summits along the ridge.



T'bird - this IS our summer - straight from winter, and better than a lot of summer weather we usually get too! 


Too hot for digging and constructing of 'stuff' which is what I'm supposed to be doing 


I might do some painting and sow some basil and lettuce as I've not got round to that yet.

How Far to Cut These Bushes Back?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 12:12

I'd agree with most of what's been said - the majority of the shrubs you have are ones which are happy in shade (Pieris, Skimmia, Berberis) which is why the grass isn't happy. 


If you want grass rather than the shrubs, you'd have to remove them to give the grass a better chance, but it won't do terribly well if it doesn't have enough light. You'll always be fighting nature I'm afraid. 

Aphids!

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 12:06

Hi Sian - in addition to Bob's reply, you can also wipe them off with your hand.


It's quite common for them to multiply very quickly at this time of year as we get some rain and some warmth.  If you can encourage as much wildlife into your garden they will help by eating them. Blue tits, in particular, are very partial. A useful tip is to put a couple of small hanging feeders in and around susceptible plants to get birds there consistently. Ladybirds are wonderful predators too - so anything you can do to attract them will be a benefit in future. 

Last edited: 05 June 2016 12:06:48

1st Year Strawberries - Pick buds/flowers or let them fruit? (Plus - what's up with these leaves?)

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:59

I'd agree with that Max. They don't really cause a huge issue though - they just look unsightly. You can pick the odd leaf off if they're really bad. 


With very small plants - you might want to let them bulk up a bit, so you could remove any flowers from those. I'm like most people though - if they have a flower or two, I let them fruit 

Grass Refusing to Die!!

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:56

Hi Linzi - I can only assume that grass is seeding in on top of the stones - there will be a nice medium for grass to germinate there as the stones gradually break down a little. that's quite common. Like any other area of a garden though, you need to attend to weeds as they appear.


Having said that, standard grass would easily be killed off by a good weedkiller, so it doesn't sound like it's a standard grass. If it's very coarse, it's possibly couch grass which can be difficult to get rid of. I wouldn't use things like vinegar or bleach - they leach into the surrounding areas and can cause other problems.


Can you take a few pix and that might help with an ID of what you have?

HELLO FORKERS! June Edition

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:45

Lesley - the problem is that when  it starts to rain - it may not go off till next spring....


Wonks - could you fashion a 'pergola type thingy' (that's the correct technical term by the way) with climbers so that you're not overlooked? 


KEF - have you really been bumping up the insurance on Mr KEF?  'Help, help - there's been a terrible accident...'  

Last edited: 05 June 2016 11:47:48

HELLO FORKERS! June Edition

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:11

Gorgeous chicky -well worth the wait!


Hope Mr C is doing well  


T'bird - sleeping with firefighters....

Last edited: 05 June 2016 11:12:12

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