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Posted: 23/07/2016 at 19:48

I think it's a possible answer Jemma. It's already autumnal here in west central Scotland 

However, Verdun is right about the watering too 

That new roundup gel

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 19:46

Any suggestions for what mtkavana? If you're worried about your hands, just wash them thoroughly 

If it's the bindweed, you're better to take a long stem and let it climb up a cane in the  ground, and when it's a decent height, spray it with a decent weedkiller, because you get more of the stem  coated. You can also shove stems into  a poly bag and spray inside it and tie them. That keeps the weedkiller away from other plants nearby too. 

You can also do a search for 'bindweed problems' using the search the site facility up at the top of the page


Posted: 23/07/2016 at 19:35

Where are you  Jemma?  Up here plants are already turning - rowans are covered in berries -  ripe berries. 


Posted: 23/07/2016 at 19:27

Well I'm sitting on my chuff now Clari, contemplating something to eat if I can be bothered. 

I've been out painting new bits of fence for the side gate. I think I can feel guilt free as I've been busy all day  

Do I count as cool? Very much doubt it....

I've had no belt for the hoover from last weekend until yesterday. Good excuse to not hoover.  

I had c.pox as an adult. Youngest was a toddler and oldest was 4. I was very ill. Huge 'things' like blisters the size of my pinky nails - everywhere. Lost eyelashes too. Not good to have it at 41...  

My oriental lilies aren't very well

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 17:38

More important to feed after the flowers go over and the plant's dying back, as that will give it a boost. As long as you leave the foliage on as well, that feeds the bulbs for next year.

Excess food can often just be a waste. Good drainage and a bit of sun is about all they need to do well  

It's all a learning curve  

You may also find they'll outgrow the pot quite quickly as they do become big plants, especially the ones you have. My lilies are about to go in the ground now that I have a space for them. They've been in the same (18")  pot for a couple of years, but they're nearly twice the size this year, which is also normal as they gradually mature. 

Plant ID's please!

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 17:30

I have two of those Hydrangeas - foliage is lovely. You should hopefully get good autumn colour on it Missy Krissy    

Looks like you have Phalaris (Gardener's Garters) there around it - it can be invasive so you might want to keep an eye on that as it could spoil your view of the hydrangea, as well as competing for water and nutrients.

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Sweet peas dying prematurely

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 17:26

I'd be inclined to say lack of water and/or nutrients. They need plenty of food, especially if they've been in the ground a long time. Are they in the ground or pots?

In pots it's easier to keep an eye on them for their needs, especially if the ground's unsuitable. 

Plant identification

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 17:20

Iceplant is the common name for Sedum. The big ones, (spectabile)  not the little ground hugging types. 

Mesembryanthemums are often called Livingstone daisies. They might be called iceplants too, though I haven't heard that one 

It's always better to use the correct botanical name though - just to avoid confusion  

Last edited: 23 July 2016 17:23:03


Posted: 23/07/2016 at 17:15

As long as you don't look like Demis Roussos Dove. 

Mind you ...Mugabe... ...stick with Demis. You'll have to grow  a beard though.....

Don't think I'd have much use for a 'cool' kaftan Joyce 

Here's one of the little pipits from today. Cute as can be 

but they have huge feet...looks tricky perching on the fencing wire 

Last edited: 23 July 2016 17:16:26

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 16:35

Lovely pix Andy, and of course, BL - as always. 

I think orange gets a bad press sometimes. If you associate it well with other planting, it can be stunning, and will actually lift the other plants by giving them a good contrast. It's particularly good with purples and deep reds. 

Orange tulips with dark Phormiums for instance. 

Ligularia Britt Marie Crawford with it's orange daisy flowers and dark foliage.


Am I convincing you Papi Jo? 

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