Latest posts by figrat

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 10:37

ideas for a container on a SW facing wall

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 07:51
As it's going to be under your kitchen window, in a site which sounds as though it would suit Mediterranean plants, what about perennial herbs? There are some very decorative thymes and sages, and rosemary can be quite substantial. All are evergreen.

Clematis Montana

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 20:51
I got fed up fighting with my c. Montana. Never regretted giving it the heave ho.

The Buzzing bush!

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 19:52

That swarm looks like it's in a laurel!

Can you help identify this flower

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 19:37

Yup. Green alkanet.

Plant identity - any ideas welcome.

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 19:10

Try centaurea steenbergii or c. John Coutts.

Plant identity - any ideas welcome.

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 19:06

It's a cultivar of knapweed. I grow one very similar - google centurea or knapweed. I will have to delve in the RHS encyclopaedia for cultivar name.

Weed or flower

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 18:26

Ah, if shallow rooted probably not alkanet...they have very deep taproots. But have a look anyway.

Weed or flower

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 18:24

 Possibly alkanet?

Garden gaffes

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 17:47

Well,  think it's very encouraging that we've all learnt from our gaffes! My worst one is probably thinking that drifts of Japanese anemones would be a good idea...yes, you can guess. Every year I think 'industrial amounts of glyphosate'...then they start flowering and my heart's not in it. But they are growing out of some of my dry stone walling, so I should really get mean with them. Oh, and planting a clematis montana. It grew like crazy and flowered beautifully on the other side of my garden wall. Looked ghastly in the winter, like a permanent bad hair day. Like Wintersong and Auntie Betty I do move plants around willy nilly, but as I basically garden in dust they don't seem to notice! Interested to read comments re heuchera Lime Ricky...I have a gap in my shady shrub border after daphne odorata turned up its toes, and would like a hit of a good 'doer' in there. Hellebores lovely in the late winter/early spring, but a bit dour for the rest of the year. 

Discussions started by figrat

Bay tree root eradication

Best way to do it! 
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Plan bee

One of the more uplifting news stories... 
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Overwintered runner bans

Left the roots in after clearing last year's crop, they've survived the winter and putting up new growth. 
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Red rhubarb leaves

I've got a bad feeling about this... 
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What can I use as green manure?

Landcress just about to go to seed 
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