Latest posts by fidgetbones

New plants

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 13:03

Foxgloves I would get in the ground. `they do not need mollycoddling.

Delphiniums I have to resort to potting and keeping under cover. I find if I leave them in the ground the slugs decimate them. I grow them on into large pots before I plant out to give them a chance.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 09:35

Trentham gardens has a long border full of David Austin roses. I was sticking my nose into all of them to see which had the best scent. I think Gertrude Jekyll is one of my favourites, a real old fashioned rose scent.  Lady Hamilton I smelt at Barnsdale, an orange one with a sort of citrus smell. I liked it but it wasn't what I call a rose scent. I had a free sample of a new Molton Brown rose bubble bath last week. I have been bathing in Rose scent all week.

All of the  insects in the garden are on the ivy at the moment. They seem to have deserted everything else. Even stuff like Linaria which usually has bees on it, has been abandoned.

 I planted some Nicotiana sylvestris in a shady spot, they are flowering well. I hoped to have moths on them, but when I go out with a torch, there is nothing there.

Yucca flower 😳

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 09:22

Second time its flowered in 20 years. For too long it was in the shade, then in a bucket, then I found a nice sunny spot on a slope for it.

 I was so excited the first time it sent up a flowering spike. Then that opened up while we we on holiday in October. Thankfully there had been no frost, and it was still blooming when we got back. This year it is flowering a bit earlier.

Yucca flower 😳

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 22:10

Phormium and Yucca leaves are very fibrous. I bin them or burn them, they don't rot easily in the compost heap, and they block the shredder.

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Posted: 24/09/2016 at 22:06

If we have a mild winter, Acnistus survived three years in my front garden, but the year we had minus 15 frost it finished them off. The current one is in the wrong place really, I would like to move it but it wouldn't survive the move and I would have to break concrete to do it. Try a packet of seed from Chiltern. Its not a lot of money,  if they survive the first winter they will flower the second year. My front garden is more sheltered than the back, the garden is on a slope , frost rolls towards the house on the back, and then round it and down the road. The front garden is sheltered but quite shady, it only gets morning sun.

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Posted: 24/09/2016 at 21:28

The Thunbergia are annuals, grown from seed in small pots and then dropped in. They will not survive the winter, they are currently growing up lily stems and the dierama.

 The Acnistus is growing in a crack against next doors house wall, it self seeded there from some I had in the front garden. It is very sheltered there.

The banana is in a huge pot, it gets its leaves cut off, wrapped in fleece and goes in the greenhouse and kept dry for the winter.

 Thats a very pretty dianthus AYM

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 17:50

I think Reggie wants to know where his bed/sofa is .

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Posted: 24/09/2016 at 16:00

The Salvia Amistad is 5 ft high from cuttings taken this time last year.

Colchicums under the Cox apple.

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Posted: 24/09/2016 at 15:58

White form of acnistus australis

Theres a hawthorn hedge under that Ivy somewhere.

Thunbergia alata scrambling through things.

ID for interesting flowering plant, please.

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 15:28

I freeze the blue flowers in ice cubes to use for pimms.

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