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Plant ID please

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 15:13

Could be one of the campanulas Victoria. Long time since I've grown any and there's tons of varieties but some of them have that kind of foliage.

Looks like lots more flower buds all down the stem too. It should flower soon so you'll get a better idea if no one else recognises it. I'm sure someone will though!


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 15:04

GCs are fatal really. I'm trying hard to resist the temptation to go to the nursery since it's wet. If I leave it for another hour it'll be closed by the time I get there.......* sigh *


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 14:31

I know we're always told 'see what's growing in nearby gardens' but I like to grow other things so that my garden isn't just a carbon copy of everyone else's. Scottish gardens often have loads of Rhodies, Azaleas, Pieris and heather, and while that's fine, it doesn't mean it's all you can grow. Sometimes it's because of the choices available locally in GCs so I like to go further afield and have a different look if I can.

As you say Charley - the learning process is great and the forum means instant access to all these other experienced, knowledgeable people - for free! 

PS - I've never visited the Isle of Man but it's where my (English) Dad met my Mum many decades ago,  so it has a special bit of meaning for me.  


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 14:22

Trouble is -  I had a bit of a 'day of rest' yesterday too KEF - did very little really  

Could have some lunch...perhaps an egg 


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 14:18

Oh well - that's a whole row of these then Lesley!  

and two for the pot 

I counted the forks and knives separately - there only was a couple of plates 

This forum

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 14:15

Don't think I'm very good at that OL. The girls brought me this sign back from their holidays.....

Think we have something in common Jim....



Posted: 19/07/2014 at 14:08

All the jobs needing done outside here are of the sawing and screwing together variety and it's too wet for that. Did some deadheading and tidying yesterday, as well as planting the apple tree, so there's really nothing much else I can do outside today. I was going to cut the grass yesterday but  it's looking nice and green so I decided to leave it in case we get a lot more dry weather. I'll cut it on a higher setting next time I think, unless the rain forgets to go off for the rest of the summer!

I've washed a few dishes Lesley - does that count towards a  ?


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 13:51

Needs must Linda - I've moved several times in the last few years so I had to bring what plants I could and then find pots for them as there was no where for them to go! Most of those are just standard terracotta pots from DIY stores although I'm very fond of the alpine pan which is only a couple of years old - think that was from the local GC. The ones with the Hebes were a 'three for two' offer at B&Q so I think they were about £20 in total. The metal pot which you might just be able to see (on right side of last pic)  is one of a pair I got in Ikea donkey's years ago for about a tenner each. They've nearly always had Phormiums in them. The big cream container in the first pic was my Dad's and doesn't actually have holes in the bottom - it weighs a ton. The hosta is in a plastic pot just plonked in and I have to check the water level every now and again to make sure it doesn't drown!


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 13:39

Ok Verd - I'll not send the plague of frogs just yet...just watch out for the bolts of lightning..

Charley you'll have a different climate to many of us on the mainland I'd guess, although as Verd says - a garden even a few miles away from you can be the opposite of what you have! My last house was exposed and higher than the houses in the nearby hamlet and that impacts enormously on what you can grow, so sometimes you need to start with creating some shelter if you want certain plants to thrive. Wind causes a lot of issues.


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 13:30

Hope all the garden visitors aren't getting any of the thunderstorms - I'd wave the wand but I don't want to attract lightning....

Just steady 'summer' rain here - we could do with several days of that. Summer rain here is usually of a more horizontal type as there's normally wind with it, but it's very still and quiet.

I could be doing h****work but I can't be bothered and the golf's on so I'm half watching/listening to it. 

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