Latest posts by fidgetbones

Enough is enough

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 00:17

The thing about Penwith, is if we couldn't dive out of St Ives because of bad weather, we could usually get out in Mounts Bay or Lamorna. Lamorna is very sheltered from anything except a south wind into the cove.

fidget, look at this. Roscoea scillifolia

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 23:38

I split mine as they start to grow in Spring,but before they come through the soil. Gently dig up or tip out of pot. The roots are like small dahlia roots, the tubers are star shaped and very brittle,with a new shoot coming up in the centre. Large clump tend to be connected fromone tuber to another. I rinse them off in water to be able to see the individual tubers.  I plant them deep and gently cover over. Roland Bream who has the national collection says it is best in Spring, but sometimes he splits in autumn, where he is going to post them. The R. scillifolia came from him. He has them seeding in gravel near the entrance to his garden.

fidget, look at this. Roscoea scillifolia

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 23:15

I think the big bucket full will need splitting next spring. (The white one with a tiny purple flush) It only has a collection number, I got it from Crug farm along with Vannin. Red Ghurka is only bulking up slowly.  It has been in flower now for nearly three months.

fidget, look at this. Roscoea scillifolia

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 23:06

I have some in pots,a bucket full by the back door at the moment. In pots I think they need some protection in winter.  I have had different Roscoeas in flower since July, starting with Kew Beauty, then various purpureas, red ghurka, scillifolia,pink and a dark purple form. they are all in a bed on their own. They come up so late,I always think I've lost them.

fidget, look at this. Roscoea scillifolia

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 22:45


Mine has babies all around it. Maybe they will flower next year. The original plant flowered earlier this year.

How about this one... quite a bit taller though. I think the scillifolia have to go front of border. They will self seed into shady gravel.

Help identify

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 21:57

Fuchsia. probably one of the hardy ones. Surprised it is not covered in flowers at the moment.

Can someone tell me what these new plants are?

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 21:55

Cineraria silver dust. Not as hardy as you might think for winter bedding plants. They are usually used for summer bedding. RHS calls them half hardy perennials , usually used as annuals. They may be ok in a sheltered spot.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 17:40

If you can, watch all three programmes. She starts at the top, near to Russia, and moves down to the South.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 16:03

We had the last of the sweetcorn last week. I was going to put the stems through the shredder today, but I'm not moving. The lemon tree is in the greenhouse and the doors shut.

 I think we will watch he last bit of Joanna Lumley in Japan. Japan  at Cherry blossom time is on my bucket list.

Does Trachelospermum jasminoides smell like jasmine sambac?

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 15:54

I was told it was very unusual for anyone to notice the difference.  We were given jasmine base to start with. everyone agreed it smelt of jasmine, but I said there was something missing. Later I had a spill wafted under my nose with no warning. Now that is Jasmine  I said. He said it was pure jasmine absolute , as used in perfumes such as Joy. Most of the perfumes we buy have the synthetic form in it, due to the cost.  I like smelling perfumes and picking out the individual notes.

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