Latest posts by happycottontail

Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 19:03
Does spraying them with diluted washing up liquid work for the black ones like it does for the green ones?

Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 17:45

They are in amongst small love in a mist seedlings Dove, so I don't think the hosepipe is an option.


Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 17:35

What is the best non chemical way to get rid of these little critters?

Giant poppies

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 18:29
Too late I'm afraid, Landlubber. They were much too close to some favourite plants, so in the end they had to go!

The what and when of feeding clematis

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 19:02

I have these clematis:  Helsingborg, Montana Elizabeth, Parisienne, Prince Charles, Alionushka, Venosa Violacea,and 3 others that I will post later on a separate thread with pics for you to id.

 So far the Helsingborg flowered very well in the spring.  Do I cut off the seedheads to get a second flowering?

The Montana was magnificent, Parisienne is blooming its socks off, and Prince Charles has a fair number of buds, but lost a lot in the gales.

 Alionushka is about 6'6" high and only just beginning to show buds at the very top of the stems.  It has fallen over twice as it's not self clinging.  I'm giving it one more chance ....

V V is now in its third year and produces buds which don't open properly.  

So any tips for the problem ones will be most welcome!

I'll post a pic of Parisienne if I can.


Giant poppies

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 18:01

Thanks for the advice Dove and Nut.  When they first appeared I thought they would be those ones with mauve and purple flowers, which only grow to about 18".  I would have been far happier with those as my garden is quite small 

Giant poppies

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 17:48

I didnt plant these.  They just arrived.  And grew and grew  and grew ...The big one is about 4'6".  They have several buds and I've identified them as papaver somniferum.  Would they transplant, as they are completely in the wrong places, or should I put them in the recycling bin?

What are you planting in your pots and containers?

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 18:53

And here are two lilies from last year, each growing in its own pot.  2015 will be their 3rd year.


What are you planting in your pots and containers?

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 09:07

I was having endless trouble uploading photos here until I read that there is a 2mb limit.  So I need to do some drastic cropping!  Only had time to do one so far.  

 Clematis Pink Fantasy, taken last year.  Colour is actually a deeper pink than appears on photo - better if you click on image and then the zoom button.

What are you planting in your pots and containers?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 15:43

Isn't it just!  I love Yviestevie's unusual containers - especially the log for alpines.  

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