Latest posts by Gardenmaiden

Roses for Rose Arch

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 16:04

David Austin rose The Generous Gardener is a pale coloured rose with good scent. Also, climbing Arthur Bell. The flowers are an intense yellow but they get paler as the flower ages and the perfume is gorgeous.

Seed and Plant Swap 2017

Posted: 21/01/2017 at 12:18

Seeds available, some I've harvested and some I've tried but won't grow in my soil.

Mystery grass - looks like long thin needles

Echinops - white or blue

Acanthus Mollis

Agapanthus - blue and a variety called Streamline


Amaranthus Hypochondriacus

Anemone - pale pink/dark pink


Asphodel White

Lychnis - white or red




Eryngium Giganteum Miss Wilmotts Ghost

Eryngium Giganteum Tall Blue

Eucomis - white


Francoa Sonchifolia



Kitaibela Vitifolia Alba

Libertia Grandiflora

Linaria Purpurea - pink or purple

Lupin - blue or pink


Polemonium - white or blue

Salvia - purple or dark blue

Sweetpeas - mixed

Telekia Speciosa


Weld Reseda Luteola

Verbascum Olympicum

Verbascum Lychnitis

Watsonia - orange

Aquilegia - skinneri, dark blue, yellow, pink double, blue/white, tall pink single, mixed. These are the colour of the flowers the seeds came from.

Thalictrum - aqualegifolium, yellow

Astrantia - Hadspen blood red, white, pinky white

Phlomis -Tuberosa, fruticosum, purple, yellow

Hollyhock - pink/yellow, black

Harebell - mixed

Poppy - Beauty of Livermore, blackcurrant fizz, lilac doubles, pink, pink pompom, welsh, opium double red

Foxglove - Lutea, ice queen, grandiflora, peach, pale pink

Bupleurum Fruticosum

Teucrium Hircanicum

Morus blaice

Silene - hot pink

Stapelia variegata


Aconitum Sky Blue

Rudbeckia - Rusty, goldsturm, sundance, brilliant star, cherokee sunset, yellow, little golden, moreno


Cornflower - Fireworks

Calendula - Indian Prince

Verbena bonariensis

Echium - pastel mix

Foxglove - excelsior hybrid mixed

Aquilegia - Miss Scott Elliot mixed

Laurentia - shooting stars

Petrohagia - pink starlets

Dahlia - dwarf mixed

Phlox - dwarf beauty mixed

Zinnia - hot mix

Primrose - pink petticoats

Antirrhinum - illumination mix, rust resistant mix, kimosy mid rose

Aster - ostrich feather


Cosmos - sensation mixed

Ice plant- sparkles mixed

Orlaya - snowballs

Dracocephalum - blue bird

Seed and Plant swap 2016

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 21:30

PP if you still want grass seed, I have some that look like big needles with a curly end you are welcome to. I did think it was a stipa but it doesn't get any taller than about 4ft. PM me if you are interested.

I will be collecting seed and posting a list at some point for anyone that wants it.

To anyone that had red scabious (or so I thought) last year, having a look at the flowers this year, I think it might actually be knautia.

doves taking over

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 08:05

If you did want to put down poison, watch the routes that the rats take coming into on and out of your garden. Do not put out any bird food of any kind as they will keep coming back for it. You can buy a kind of 'trap' from B&Q I think, where you put the poison in it, and site it on the rat's route. It isn't a trap that catches the rat, its more like a box with a tunnel on two sides. They should easily find the 'food' and then take it back to the nest. You need to check it every couple of days to see if the trap is empty and then see if you continue to get visitors. We had the same problem last year when new neighbours decided to do some 'work' on the inside of their house. It turned out that the rats had set up home in their enormous outside BBQ and clay oven. The birds of prey should not be able to get in the trap. The worst they could do is fly off with it and the contents will fall out.

Last edited: 22 July 2016 08:07:19

does anyone know what's is, a wild flower?

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 18:26

Yes, Nut is right, I've got it in my garden.

Anyone know what this is

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 18:25

Zantadeschia/Calla lilly

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 11:00

A few more for you. I can't sit and watch TV in the evenings without doing something.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 23:35

First picture - A Cluny tapestry copy

Norwegian Sampler

King size shaker blanket

Knitted lace tablecloth

ID please

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 21:24

I think its verbascum too. It looks like more than one plant.

Plant ID

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 21:21

Phlomis Russelliana, great plant. A very good weed suppressor too. If you leave the flower stalks you get winter interest and also goldfinches love the seeds. You will get lots of plants for free but you need to move them quickly before the roots go deep. You can also get pink flowered, lilac flowered and dark yellow flowered phlomis too.

Discussions started by Gardenmaiden

A Grass, but which one?

I've had this in my front garden for a while but don't know which type it is. It might be a stip but its not Gigantea or Tenuissima. 
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Last Post: 19/08/2015 at 10:46

The Instant Gardener

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Last Post: 22/06/2016 at 14:01

Dahlia ID and Other Plant ID

I bought these dahlias in February and there was no name on what variety they were. 
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Last Post: 04/07/2015 at 21:14

Slipper Orchid

How to look after once the flowers have dropped off 
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Last Post: 14/02/2015 at 17:19

Bargain Buy of 2015

What has been your best buy? Mine was a flaming katy for £1.00 and a slipper orchid £9.99. Never seen one 'in the flesh' before so hope I can keep it going. 
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Last Post: 14/05/2015 at 07:12

Shrub ID

This has been growing in our hawthorn hedge and this year decided to be 12ft tall with read berries. I thought it migh be a pyracantha but not sure which one as there are no thorns. 
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Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 21:51

Green tomatoes

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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 19:25

Plant ID

Mystery plant at the bottom of my garden. I've never seen this before and it isn't something I planted. 
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Last Post: 15/10/2016 at 21:16

Moses in the bulrushes

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Last Post: 06/10/2013 at 11:09


What to do when the plant has gone over 
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Last Post: 13/08/2013 at 20:01
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