hollie hock


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My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 16:56

Lovely purple colour of the aster Kitty. I tried growing asters for the first time this year and they are just coming into bloom now. I think it's been a dreadful year for cosmos,my dwarf ones came into flower just a couple of weeks ago. Normally I would have expected them to have been in flower for a good couple of months by now


Lets hope we get an Indian Summer so we get to see the blooms


That's very exotic looking Ladybird


Anyone started saving seeds yet?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 16:44

I've started too, foxgloves, ragged robins and some lychis coronaria, mostly white as I forgot about the pink ones and they've disappeared. Still waiting for some wallflowers and my honesty are taking age to ripen.


Ripe seeds should be dry, rattely and fall off the old flower head.

What are you most proud of/pleased with?

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 19:29

I have a couple of hostas in those old galvinised buckets and pails. I don't know why it works but it does, no nibblers at all.

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 19:29

No more bedding/trailing plants or corncockles. Probably won't bother with echium blue bedder again, it was pretty but did badly in the rain, really prickly too.


Goes to show we are all different, I'm thinking maybe of growing some gladioli and have grown some hollyhocks for the first time in years.I have a perennial type one and it doesn't seem to be affected, the little ones in the pots have a few small spots of rust already so not sure that will work out.

Is gardening good for the soul?

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 19:14

Nut, you do make me smile Couldn't agree more. I can't imagine not doing it, gardener for life now. I love being engrossed in what I am doing, a type of meditative state, nothing else matters just sowing those seeds or repotting that plant.


I love how the garden maps out the seasons as they pass and I still get a thrill out of seeds germinating!

Plant ID

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 18:56

I'd go for birds foot trefoil too

Shy cosmos

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 18:55

Poor year for cosmos here. Growing the dwarf ones for a change and the flowers have been such a long time coming. I've got a very healthy specimen like yours, all lush and green but not even a hint of bud. Just a late developer

0/10 for garden design for me!!

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 18:46

You've done a good job. Great idea to get the fences covered, really adds another dimension to the garden and a job that would be best done when you are starting out. Are there any perennials that you particularly like? I see a lot still about in flower in boot sales and markets.


Bulbs are a great way of starting off a garden and you get to see the results quickly, just plant them deep

Butterflies and Ladybirds

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:09

Not much butterfly and bee action here at all this year.

seperating plants

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:07

I did the very same this year and it looked liked yours. Seperate them out the best you can and try and replant them more deeply. It looks like some cornflowers and a cosmos at the back, you might not get the biggest plants now but you should get flowers off them if you repot them.

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