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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 08:58

Thanks,bizzyb. That fern gives me an idea for the clay patch by the wall.

It looks like picton has purpurea hybrids as well.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 23:34

The bottom dahlia looks like a lions mane. It is huge, the size of a dinner plate. It is supposed to be pinelands princess, but it looks more like maniac.

 The other two are seedlings I have kept going  for a couple of years. I like the sunset coloured one. The bees like the pinky purple one.

I warned my magnolia....

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 22:17

I passed a magnolia the other day , that I thought was a Spring flowerer, it was in full bloom.

I have Primula viallii sending up new flower buds, double primroses in flower, and an oriental poppy in bud. Also grape hyacinths are sending up leaves.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 22:10

 The new Roscoeas and Cautleyas are now planted in the pear tree bed. The Primula viallii are a bit confused. Some have seed heads, others have decided to flower again. I have an oriental poppy thats sending up another flower as well.

 Rudbeckia goldsturm, finally survived the slugs and got going.

 The long border. I need to put in a mowing edge of bricks. OH tends to mow anything that looks like grass. Unfortunately thats what the harebells look like at the moment.

 Crown prince squash coming along nicely.


Dark Red Sedum

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 21:54

 This is Sedum chocolate between dianthus and Sedum, Autumn joy


Sedum Mr Goodbud. Green leaves but the heads colour up early.


Caterpillars, nasturtiums

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 21:38

Probably Large white butterfly caterpillars.

You can pick them off by hand,  or let the blue tits eat them.

While they are eating nasturtiums, they are not eating cabbages. Some people use them as a sacrificial crop to save the cabbages, as butterflies seem to prefer them to lay eggs on.


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 21:19

SGL, don't worry. Soon you'll wonder how ever you found the time to go to work.

Kef, Are those  cheese biscuits malteser shape, or are you having those for pudding.

Yviestevie. I think that neon star is micropropagated so all should be identical. The seedlings, Ashwood only sell in flower, and are described as eg yellow single with yellow nectaries.  The names ones are all clones from the same plant.

I didn't get as far as the steak. Courgette fritters and salad filled me up. As the roast potatoes were already in the oven, we ate them. would have been a waste otherwise.

OH is watching James May and cars, so I might go and upload some photos.


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 14:47

Messages not working.

Last weekend I bought two pots of Roscoea scillifolia pink form at £3 each. Bargain. Actually even bigger bargain when I realised there was seed pods in one. One exploded yesterday and I planted them in the tray I have R. cautleyoides seedlings coming up (other end of tray. The blackbird managed to kick all the carefully spaced seeds to one end, where they germinated)

Nut, would you like the seeds off the next pod to explode?

Harvest festival here. So much fruit and veg, I'm having to get creative.

Courgette fritters with tomato,onion and basil salad, and a yoghurt/mint/cucumber dip(sort of tzatziki without the garlic)

followed by roast potatoes, beans , and steak.

followed by a fruity pudding of some sort. 

Worcester apples and the last of the victoria plums will have to come off this afternoon. Not as many as last year, but individual apples are bigger, and very juicy. Blackberries ready. A couple of strawberries in the polytunnel that the blackbird hasn't found,

We had the first sweetcorn yesterday, as reward for all the hedge cutting. Plain boiled with salt and butter. Can't beat it.

Nice and warm out there. I have some pic to post of sedums, but need to wait till OH has done on the big computer.

Dark Red Sedum

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 12:18

Sedum "chocolate" has dark leaves and red flowers but its a bit lax. I have it propped between another  sedum  (autumn joy I think)and some dianthus. I'll take a photo later.


Posted: 24/08/2014 at 12:03

I've forgotten all sorts when going on holiday, despite copious lists.

So long as you have your passport, a good credit card, and good travelling companions, the rest can be sorted.

My passport came back in 8 days. Posted on a Thursday, back the following Friday.

I was nervous, hearing about all the delays, but thats sorted.

If anyone fancies a lavender hedge, Lidl are doing 10 lavender angustifolia for £4.49.  Seem to be good strong rooted cuttings, in 2 inch square by 3 inch deep pots. (Not the tiddly seedling plugs sent out as the offer.). These can go straight in the ground without overwintering in a greenhouse.

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