hollie hock

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August in your garden...

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 22:19

Pam - stunning flowers. Love the sunflowers, the basket dispay and the greenhouse - fantastic

I also like the last  pic with the white flower, really pretty

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora 'Emily McKenzie

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 21:51

I love Crocosmia,

I also know in a short space of time, they will multiple very well, I have multiple groups, all taken from the orginal cluster  18 months ago. All you need are a couple of corns .I love the foilage as much as the flowers






What exactly does a 'sterile' plant mean ?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 21:25

Hello everyone,

I'm interested in Wallflowers, would the Bowles Mauve & the other perennials types come under the term proprietary plants? I have read that the Bowles Mauve seeds are sterile and that to propagate them you should take cuttings. I have my eye on a "winter orchid" type but can only find plug plants to buy rather than seeds.

I have seen insects on  all my wallflowers & the Bowles Mauve,but agree with Dove & Bookertoo about the  double flower shapes. In my view all plants/insects have developed a particular relationship with each other so that certain species interact with each other. This is the same  for any creature. This has been developed over millions of years. In my garden, some flowers are perfectly designed for a particular insect - the big fat bumblies can open my snapdragons but the other smaller honey bees although they try can not open them to get in. All it takes it one extra strong honey bee to get in..then there is possiblity through genetics for other honey bees to get in.

I think the double flowers are bred with us in mind not the insects. I want my garden to be wildlife friendly.




August in your garden...

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 20:08

 Great pictures,

@gardenfanatic- thanks for the info re the  white budliea bush. I have a spot in the "woodland garden" that I'm developing. From what I've read these plants are pretty undemanding. I would describe the area as partial shade/shade, with heavy soil. Do you think they would cope with that? Or do you think that they would need more drainage and more sun?

I'm in my first year of Rudbekias, but now the first flowers are up I love them, I think mine are the perennial type....... I hope as I lot of what I've grown this year are perennial. Although flowers up to Nov if the conditions are right sounds very good to me. Agree they have taken a while to get to get going this year.





I've seen a few peakcocks over the last few days when the sun was out,  .They seem to  love my big yellow bush (false sunflowers/butterfly bush as they are called in my house) but I suspect they are Buphthalmum..........maybe.

@Robot- I take it you on a water meter? I had one in a property that I lived in a few years ago ( I didn't have a garden then) I find them very expensive

Penninepetal- that low growing Sedum looks very nice, especially as loads of insects are attracted to it.

Great pics Gary-  I love the insects that visit our gardens. Lilies are looking great, mine have only just decided to flower after months of anticipation.

lovetogarden- looks lovely, the recent spell of warm weather has given everything a much need boost. Honeysuckle & Clemantis look stunning.

I love the Gazebo area

Always surprised about how many plants you can get from a few seeds-


 Didn't even realise that I had so many small pots I still need to learn the art of sowing thinly...............or maybe I just need a polytunnel?


Posted: 15/08/2012 at 18:21

Thanks Gracie, the cocoon thing is still there.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 18:18

That would have been the deluge that was here Frank.

I agree lucky escape J, don't fancy loads of shattered glass falling down on top of anyone

Fork Handles

Posted: 15/08/2012 at 12:19

Happy Birthday Geoff ( although for me you will always be known as "the dog")

Have a great day. Always strong debate when it comes to GW & presenters.

The Flowerpot Gang-BBC1

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 22:28

I've had a quick look at the link for this .............it's not for me.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/08/2012 at 22:14

Unexpected sunny warm day. Did loads of gardening

Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 13/08/2012 at 21:58

Hello everyone,

Don't know who Bob Flowerdew is or what he is trying to say? Is he putting the arguement forward that those who have big lawns and use a ride on mower / or use mowers are some how "gas guzzlers" and therefore destroying the planet?

Interesting reading though........

For me it all depends on the size of the garden you have, nothing can be better than green rolling lawns with deep tall packed borders of flowers alive with insects.

I've got rid of most of my lawn,if you could call it that. I now have loads of deep, wide beds to plant into. I'm now using my garden in a way that I never could have last year. 

I've still kept some green though but it takes no time at all to strim.





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