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Posted: 24/07/2013 at 20:08

There are quite a few varieties with greeny/white flowers Debbie. Did you buy a named variety which should have been blue or pink? If so, I'd contact the supplier or you're flogging a  dead horse trying to change it!  

MOB rants

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 20:05

Totally true GG!

Subtropical plant ideas needed please

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 19:13

Anything with big foliage Farmergeddon (like the name!) so Cannas, Ligularias and Phormiums  which all like sun, and Ferns and Hostas - which you can put in the shade of some of those. Along with the Ligularias, there are the two big foliage pondside plants - Gunnera and  Darmera, the latter being a bit smaller as Gunnera is huge and would leave a big gap when it dies down. I think it may need a bit of winter protection where you are. Some of the popular grasses like Miscanthus (tons of varieties) and Bamboo of course - but go for one of the clump forming types as some are really invasive. Fatsia japonica is brilliant for this and is evergreen. It  likes a bit of shade to perform well so tuck it in beside a fence,wall,or some other plants as you have a sunny site.

There are plenty more but would need some time to think further! 

MOB rants

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 18:52

KEF - I've sorted the magpies with my 'mesh door covers'...  little b*****s.

Thay are clever though. 

Re the seagull sign - about 30 years ago I bought my BIL a sticker for his car which read 'preserve wildlife - pickle a squirrel'. He loved it but I don't know how well it went down with his boss.

He worked for the Nature Conservancy Council.....



Posted: 24/07/2013 at 14:22

Fidget - Heh heh....

It was me - definitely me wot dun it to Verd....

Off outside in the sun to repaint my planks....d'oh!

GG we all love you...and Verdi too!  


making a bog garden

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 08:14

There's also Darmera peltata which is like a smaller Gunnera, and the Ligularias give a similar feel with their big leaves. They like a bit of sun though so as long as you can provide that you'll get the flowers. Any of the ferns and hostas would be great as the foliage is perfect for a jungly bog garden feel. 


Posted: 24/07/2013 at 08:09

Morning all. Wasn't on last night - was in detention 

Actually I was out painting fence planks till nearly 10pm. Soon as I got in the heavens opened and washed half of it off. Serves me right for not just sitting down after dinner! The rain has freshened everything and my grass looks lovely even if my planks don't 

Dove- prevention is the only way with the cats unfortunately. I don't grow large enough amounts of edibles for it be an issue just now - and it's in pots anyway at present -  but in the past I've used jaggy twigs to deter them. Not feasible if you have sizeable areas though.

My one and only comment re the new baby - wouldn't it be great if they really got in touch with us 'normal people' and called it Darren?......

My coat is on as we speak.......

can anyone tell me what this plant is?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 18:24

I'd definitely say Ligularia 'The Rocket'. Hard to see properly but flowers and leaves look right. Similar to Eremerus though  with the flower spikes- they mostly  have 'daisy' like flowers.

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Posted: 23/07/2013 at 18:16

Good idea about getting soemone in but it's a shame if you have to resort to it. Of course, you have to 'legally' hand back what you cut off on your side as it belongs to him! That'll larn 'im!

The only thing that would worry me is that it could create a further issue  because if any of 'his' side gets chopped he might retaliate. Not easy Zoomer. Do you think it would be wise to inform him that you're doing that - just in case?

Good luck though.


Posted: 23/07/2013 at 18:06
KEF wrote (see)

I thought my lily looked like a lizard / dragon. Ears, snout, mouth. Must be lack of steak. 

At the risk of detention here ...I thought you meant there was a lily beetle on it KEF so I thought I needed to go to Specsavers cos I couldn't see it 

Tina- and they're so hard up they needed a little 9% diddums. My heart bleeds.

Going to other thread ain't seen me - right?

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