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Plant names

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 18:08

I have to agree philippa. There are some lovely Clematis, but they have Royal connections and it puts me right off ...


Posted: 17/10/2015 at 18:06

Glad you had a good time fidget 

Having a look in the fridge for some leftovers for dinner ... 

Can't really be bothered otherwise 

Are you dancing after you've eaten the curry , or before KEF? 

I need to plant bulbs too - although the forecast is looking very good again tomorrow....no, best stay home and get on outside!

I've just cleaned the bathroom after having my shower though 

Anyone know what this plant is

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 17:22

I should have added that they don't like alkaline soil - neutral to acid for them 

Anyone know what this plant is

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 17:19

They like a bit of shade Andrew and they're evergreen - little white, or pink, bell flowers in spring 


Posted: 17/10/2015 at 17:04

But you're in the tropics Verd 

black flowers and grasses

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 17:01


black flowers and grasses

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 16:55

Getting back to the subject....

I love dark plants and flowers, but it's how you use them that counts. As obelixx says, having a foil of golden foliage, or something bright or variegated, to set these types of plants off is the way to do it.  I have dark wood work and golden gravel, so ophiopogon would work well. 

That pic of it with the imperata just looks peculiar, and I'd agree with Verd - it would just be a mess long term  

I agree with Vic Sponge about calling flowers black  - they usually aren't, although Molly Sanderson (viola) is as close as you could get to a black flower, and really pretty  


Posted: 17/10/2015 at 16:46

You can them back hard geefor. They're pretty robust. I'd take a bit off it at the moment, as they're best done after flowering and it's a bit late now, and then you can cut it back hard in spring. Give it a good feed and water when you do that, and it should perform well. A mulch after watering, to preserve moisture, will also help.

They don't like to be in dryish ground, so don't let it go short of water, especially in summer 

Anyone know what this plant is

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 16:40

We're pretty good here Andrew, but we still need a picture 

oops - it's just appeared! 

Looks like  a Pernettya,  or Gaultheria as it's called now.  


Posted: 17/10/2015 at 16:16

Hello all - back from the hills. Quite a short day, but a fabulous one , as the weather was a delight once the fog cleared. Lots of pix, although not such clear skies at the top as yesterday. Met a group of youngsters from Stirling Uni - the mountaineering club - and walked a bit with them. They were from all sorts of places - Hawaii, London and Northern Ireland, to name a few.  A lovely young Scottish lad was 'guiding' and we had a great chat on the descent.  Great to see them all on the hill enjoying themselves, and that boy was a credit to his parents. 

As lunchtime views go - it ain't too shabby....


Yesterday's views weren't bad either..


 Ben Lomond on the way home (yesterday)


So glad to hear you've had better, more positive news DD. That takes a bit of the strain off, and it's great that you have some good support. 

Look after that horrible burn  ....and sit down and think of yourself for a while! 

I sat at the top of that hill today thinking of you, and a few others, and realising how lucky I am to have the health to do what I do. We never know what's waiting round the corner for us.

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