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Posted: 04/06/2014 at 20:43

I  went on a training course at Bush Boake Allen, once, on perfumes. We tested various smells being passed around. I wrinkled my nose at the jasmine base, and the man asked me what was the matter. I said it was like jasmine, but with something missing. When we went around the labs, he stuck another spill dipped in something under my nose. Now thats jasmine.  The first was jasmine base, a synthetic used in cheap perfumes. The second was jasmine absolute at £500 a small bottle. I've always had expensive tastes (and smells)

My Philadelphus aureus is in flower. The virginal is still only in bud.


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 20:32

The best smell in the garden is honeysuckle mixed with hesperis mixed with philadelphus, on a still , humid night. Thats what we got last night, but tonight all I've got is slugs heading for my courgettes. The slug pubs are diluted. I may need to rig up cocktail umbrellas over them.

Calla lilies

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 18:09

let them die down in autumn, keep dry and frost free over winter. start to water and keep warm and frost free next spring.


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 17:29

Lesley , PM me your address for hellebore seeds.

Kef, I'll plant some and you can have seedlings .

Dad(accompanied by Mum) went to docs this morning, to find that wednesdays appt (from a monday booking) was meant to be next wednesday. He got seen anyway by the duty doctor, and No, he cant have a cylinder of oxygen just in case he gets breathless again. His Sats were OK apparently. I thought he just wants it as a security blanket, but he has instructions now, if in doubt phone for an ambulance. 10 days for a doctors appointment after he just spent a week in hospital because of GP laxness is ridiculous.

Mum is bearing up well.

 Double pink spotted is the one at top left. I planted some yellow single but I'm hoping for some more.


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:47

My double pink spotted hellebore has made seed, and I caught it this time. Too many for me, would anyone like some, to be sown now to germinate next spring?

Nut have your roscoea seed germinated?. I have a tray of little seedlings just come up, its so exciting..

Any idea what has been nibbling at my things?

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:40

Keep picking them off , Alan. Have you got a photo?

Onions problem

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:36

Are aphids biting the leaves?


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 16:06

I planted the first lot of runner beans (short row) on the sandy side. T'other side of garden is clay and squelchy.

I've run the vacuum around the MIL's boxes of treasures. Photos have been sent to SIL so she can pick what she wants.... and is the garage cleared ready for the estate agents? of course not. Shes only had 5 months!!!!

OH is going to Scotland next week and calling in at Newcastle on the way back to see what else there is. At that point I probably wont even be able to get into my living room.  I feel a car boot sale coming on..


Posted: 04/06/2014 at 14:29

I find foxgloves with green leaves produce pale or white or apricot flowers. Foxgloves with a deep red streak up the leaf stem produce purple flowers.

I have morello cherry lupins and yellow ones growing from named seed. One seed to a 3 inch pot. Soaking not necessary.


matthiola incana

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 12:03

Beth Chatto has a white one she got from Dixter that acts as a perennial, but  it is currently out of stock.

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