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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.

Last edited: 23 July 2016 17:31:38

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? 

My oriental lilies aren't very well

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 16:22

I only use Multi Purpose compost (not peat free) for lilies, and I don't feed them at all, other than perhaps a diluted tomato feed when they finish flowering. If they're in pots long term, I renew some of the compost in early spring. They don't really need much more than that except watering if it's dry. 

I'm not sure why you thought you'd need ericaceous compost for them....

Companion plants for purple echinacea?

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 16:17

That's quite a generous 'brief' iamto   

I'd look for plants that will harmonise in terms of colour, but will contrast in shape and size, and also foliage. Grasses work well with them. 

Alternatively, you might want something to clash more - oranges and bright reds for instances. Big, jungly plants with large leaves like bananas, or lanceolate like Phormiums. 

What other plants do you have nearby, what space do you have to fill, and what kind of planting style do you like? That's important - you have to like what you put in   

Plant identification

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 16:12

I'd agree with that. As to type and variety - that's more tricky.  

Training horizontally as well as vertically helps to give the best coverage. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 16:09

I hadn't noticed it either until mentioned. Fantastic..if sad...

Will do hill pix later, but I managed to catch some meadow pipits there. They're usually too quick for me...

This one was a lucky pic - it was on the way up and I didn't know if I'd even caught it.

Getting lunch for a young 'un 

These were on the way back down by a different route. There was a lovely 'flock' of them wheeling about and sitting on the deer fence. A few youngsters among them 

A little line of them here 

Wot you lookin' at?

Taking leaves off tomato plants

Posted: 23/07/2016 at 15:45

I do the same as Michael. I only have one of those daft wee growhouses so it can get a bit congested, and the leaves stop good airflow as much as anything.

Once the fruits are all set, I actually take quite a lot of the foliage off and it doesn't cause any problems, as they are then virtually redundant, but it's probably best to take some off just now, and then play it by ear according to the conditions you have. 

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