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identification please

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 10:26

Yes it's one of the mallow family - Malva. You'd mainly find them called Lavatera (unless they've changed the name!) if you went to buy one-  there's  many varieties available. Sidalceas are more upright  so if it's bushy it's most likely a Lavatera 

Kilmarnock willow

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 10:20

I'm sure it'll be fine then Rob 


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 10:17

chicky - oldest fairy is more like a hobbit...

and yes, they do get unruly but they can be useful for dinner making and dishwashing!

Just chuck the water on your plants OL. The mozzie larvae do no harm. I get them in the little dish I use for a bird bath  - I just sling a bucket of water into it to flush it out now and again. They love the warmth of the shallow water.


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 10:01

I just have fairies here chick - no rustic dwarfs....

Coat's on...and hat...

Might be great tits or blue tits KEF? They have quite 'peepy' cheeps.

That's not easy to say you know...

Bee hotel has a vistor

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 09:58

Fantastic Coys 

Lovely to see gardener's efforts in gardens having a real impact. I definitely want to make one. If every garden had just one bee house think of the difference it would make to the bee colonies. Perhaps we should start a campaign 


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 09:42

KEF - that reminds me of a Frankie Boyle joke - 'there's a huge depression over Scotland - and now for the weather'....

Rain's just started here but only light steady stuff - hope it just stays like that. 

That's a lot of stirring fidget   Sounds like it was worth it though!


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 09:38

That's funny Verd - I have a birthday this year too...

I don't have many grasses but I love Spartina which is one I had in a previous garden and isn't always readily available. Got a little pot last year at the nursery I go  to and it's beginning to  get established now. Bright green  foliage with fine gold edging . Forms a clump about a metre high with an arching habit. I also love Hakonechloa and there's a spot not far from me which has a huge bed of them which the council put bedding round in the summer. They look fantastic just now although I think the gaudy bedding spoils them!

Just took this pic of Spartina - Hakonechloa is next to it for now but these will be separated later this year to give them more room - they're getting that raised bed more or less  to themselves.


Kilmarnock willow

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 09:09

Not sure it would appreciate being waterlogged either Rob - in my experience they're not quite the same as the big weeping willows which are happy next to rivers and ponds etc. As long as you add a bit of  grit for drainage when you plant, some well rotted manure or good compost, and it's not sitting in soggy ground all the time it should be ok. 


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 09:05

Morning all. Dry here but very still and warm. Is it the calm before the storm...

We're supposed to get it later this morning. Hope everyone is ok - I heard there was a few incidents with lightning strikes - houses on fire etc. 

Hope the weather passes by Woody and all you lot going garden visiting. 

Not sure I'll get much done outside today - think I might go and tie down anything susceptible.


Posted: 18/07/2014 at 19:12

Think he's visiting his mother in law up in  the north west highlands Dove.

Very warm and breezy here - can't seem to make up it's mind what it wants to do - bit like me just now 

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