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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.

Monty's Hedging

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 08:15

I had a large field maple in a previous garden, but I could grow sun loving plants near it - for the reasons Dove has mentioned. Height is a factor, but aspect is part of the bigger picture. 

Right plant, right place too - and it's also about how you manage your space, and the planting in it.


Posted: 17/10/2015 at 08:12

Morning all you lovely people. 

Foggy as Lesley says but hopefully will burn away as I'm off to Callander to do Ben Ledi soon.

Panda - it's ok - you've been a bit busy this week!  Glad it's all going well for you 

Sounding promising Liri. Hope this works out for mum now 

Dove - I loved that cartoon yesterday - been there! Depressing that there's no sense of urgency with the landlord though. Not good enough   WW will collapse in a  heap soon!

Glad you had a slightly cooler day Pat. It's very debilitating, and worse when you've not been 100% recently.

Off for a quick glance before I head off.

Have a smashing day -  whatever you get up to  

Big dead tree

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 22:26

I've noticed all the ash trees up here have turned beautifully Dove. Very uniform. I passed a lovely row of them today - all greeny golden 


Posted: 16/10/2015 at 22:23

Liked his (Griff's) garden too, although I was only half paying attention. Will watch it  properly on Sunday, or tomorrow night. 

For anyone who's peckish - there's a few of the 'fairy' cakes left from my birthday 


 They were very tasty. Just as well I'm walking again tomorrow - I've eaten rather a  lot of cake this  week  

why no list of plant

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 22:08

If you record the programme, the names are on screen when  they're discussed. The subtitles are helpful too,  if you put those on. 

Fidgets Wedding Day

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 21:53

That would have been brilliant fidget!

Would you have done the actions too? 

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