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Posted: 21/06/2016 at 20:02

Hi Gardengirl - hope you're ok. Haven't seen you posting for a while. 

You do so much with your pallets. I think it's great. I've had building work done and I kept the giant pallet they had used. I thought of you when I was shifting it! 

What are you putting in those? 

A pink Geum like Totally Tangerine?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 19:59

I stand corrected Richard! 

Is that a new introduction then? It's quite unusual. 

Mock Orange

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 19:57

Betty - well done! Kind of you to come back and let everyone who gave advice an update too 

They're smashing shrubs, given the right care -  as you've discovered!

Enjoy the lovely scent - this year and in future years too.

A pink Geum like Totally Tangerine?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 19:49

Geums are in the yellow/orange/red spectrum Chloe - no purples or pinks!

Plant name

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 18:19

The flowers are quite restrained in style - not like a rose or anything big and showy. They're usually orange, and not unlike Strelitzia flowers which are often called bird of paradise as they look 'bird like'. 

They're really grown as foliage plants though. One of mine flowered last year or the year before, so I'll see if I can find a pic of it. I had two identical plants - bought at the same time, planted in the same containers - everything the same, but only one flowered.

Some plants can throw out a flower when they're under stress - for instance, if they're short of water or nutrients etc. It's a reaction to that because, if they think they're about to die, they try to reproduce, hence the flower 


Posted: 21/06/2016 at 18:13

What lovely news LP-delighted for you all, and will keep all my fingers and toes crossed that all continues to go well  

I'll uncross them on the hills though - if that's ok  

Did I miss what the photo shoot is for ?  

Hope your weekend was really enjoyable B'man 

I agree with you about Wales obelixx. I have no real interest, but the pride they seem to have (in general) in their country's achievements is lovely.  Having had two major relationships in my life - both avid football fans - it's nice to have control over the TV remote now...    

Glad you're a bit chirpier Wonks. I'm about to do spicy chicken for dinner if you want some 

Plant name

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 17:58

It's a Phormium . They do flower - and that is the flower spike - but it can take a few years for them to do it, and even then , it can be a hit and miss thing. The flowers are interesting, rather than blousy!  

How big pots for clematis?

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 17:57

Hi wakeshine - obelixx has given you excellent advice re your small clematis. They're just not mature enough to withstand life yet in an open border. At that size, they're not much more than last year's cuttings, so they won't be mature plants, giving a good display for quite a long time, hence the need to pot them on and let them mature first. If you want to avoid potting plants on, it would be better to buy a mature specimen from a nursery or GC, which you can plant out now.

I know it's tempting to buy these inexpensive plants, but they're inexpensive for a good reason!  

Something eating hydrangea

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 08:10

Good thought Dove - I made an assumption that the holes were in the middle of the leaves for some reason. 

Lovely if it's a leaf cutter bee though! 


Posted: 21/06/2016 at 08:02

Morning all /afties Pat. I'll say Happy Birthday now in case I miss it when it arrives! 

Stay warm and eat cake is always a good motto

I saw the moon last night just before I went to bed and thought it looked so pretty that I'd take a photo - and then I didn't.  Regretted it when I heard on  the news earlier that it was a strawberry moon (as Joyce said) and it's the first time it's coincided with the solstice sine 1967.  

My mind was taken up with the k**b across the back from me who'd been faffing with one of his clapped out cars since I got back from work at 5 and was still there at half 9. Engine revving etc. He was still out there at 10 with a light on messing about with it.  

A well aimed, lit match would solve that quite easily....

Hope today is better for you Clari. What's that saying about 'a trouble shared' ? 

Would you like a note to get you out of swimming Wonks? 

Off to t'mill soon - have a good day everyone .

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