gardenning granny

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Our Silent Fliers.

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 11:39

I've had a lot of peacocks too, but Mike - why don't they like white buddleija?  I potted some seedlings last year and one is flowering white (the rest are deep purple) and the butterflies don't go near it.

Too late to sow.....

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 11:35

Sweet williams are tough cookies so I'd just go ahead and sow them in the open ground.  I' had such a good crop from my self-saved seed that I have them in several patches in the garden - of course they won't flower till next year.

I'm about to sow viola seed - last year I had so many plants |I had to fill my pots and planters with them and they flowered all winter - indeed the last ones are still flowering.

It's my birthday

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 11:31

Sorry to be late - don't often find time to check the forum these days - but I, too, wish you many happy returns , and best wishes for the coming year of gardening,jam making and all the other things I'm sure you enjoy doing.

A couple of plant IDs please

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 10:30

I had read the earlier post OL - and I love the ones which are white with the thinest blue edging imaginable

hope we can get them to grow - if there are any left when I get there

A couple of plant IDs please

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 22:09

yes, that's the one I was talking about - it looks as rampant as the achillea ptarmaticea I keep trying to keep withing reasonable bounds in my garden.

must pop diwn to Lidl to look for those lisianthus too

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 22:05

just seen a comma on the argerathemums this evening - hadn't seen one of those in ages - delighted

A couple of plant IDs please

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 21:56

it's a bit like achillea ptarmaticum  - except that has a spray of flowers at the top, and a bit like one of the anaphalis're certainly keeping us all on our toes OL

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 11:53

I have plenty of peacocks here in Bedfordshire, on the buddlieja, and lots of small brown and orange butterflies (gatekeepers?) that I can't remember seeing before, a few large whites and the occasional red admiral but not a painted lady or tortoiseshell to be seen and both used to be abundant.  The bronze fennel flowers are simply covered with bees though, which hoipefully is helping to pollinate the tomatoes nearby.  Can you make bronze fennel honey I wonder?

I've also got more grasshoppers than I've ever had before - and bumped into a solitary frog by the geenhouse yesterday.

Which are the food plants for tortoiseshells and painted ladies? - I obviously need to grow some.

Star of my Summer 2014

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:49

How lovely to find somebody else with Summer Wine - it os not easy to find.

I too love this rose which now gallops across a high trellis alongside Buff Beauty.

On my plant the flowers are the colour of burgundy with amazing golden stamens and it blooms into the winter - hence Last of the Summer Wine


Identify my plant please

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:42

Just been out to photograph the lysimachia but it's definitely not that - leaves are too narrow and flowers don't have that distinctive bend at the end

I think it may have been veronica virginica alba - the leaves and height are right, and the flowers just like other veronicas, particularly the wild ones - can't verify the red stems though, but that could be due to the hot weather.....I don't think I would have hung onto it - too much leaf not enough flower

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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