London (change)
Today 27°C / 16°C
Tomorrow 24°C / 16°C

Jim Macd


Latest posts by Jim Macd

1 to 10 of 703

Astrantia Roma

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 10:40

An, great, thanks Verdun, I was hoping it was something like that. It is a young plant, when it first opened it was pure white, which was really frustrating because I've a garden full of white ones, lol, but then the actual flower bits turned red, so that was a bit of a relief, at least it was different to the ones I had. It is in a very shady spot it's tucked under a box tree. You plant things when they're tiny time after time not thinking quite how big they'll get. I'll move it in the autumn then. That really does explain the two photos above then. I thought I was doing it a favour giving it a shady spot, the others wilt in the heat of the day. Mystery solved. Thanks again Verdun. 

Astrantia Roma

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 10:11

A quick Google shows there's a bit of confusion about Roma. You'll notice that both those links are for Roma. And annoyingly now my original ones are all flowering I have a couple which look more like the label than this does.  By the way, I wasn't aware of the soil affecting Astrantias and I doubt that's the reason but I was just impressed my OH was now thinking like a gardener.

Thanks for the reply

Astrantia Roma

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 20:12

Anyone an expert on Asntrantias? I bought Astrantia Roma a few months ago because I wanted some with colour. But now that it's flowering int's not really looking like the label. 

Cf. Mine's like the top one but the label is like the bottom one. Any ideas anyone? The OH suggested the soil? 

http://www.rustyduck.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Astrantia-Roma-001-Wm.jpg

 

http://www.greatplantpicks.org/images/astrantia-major-roma-ras-01-gpp.jpg

 

Eek! Hedgehog in the pond....

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 11:22
Victoria Sponge wrote (see)

I'm glad you found it Alan, and it has recovered. Good thinking giving it some food to get its strength back up.

Perhaps a bowl of water left out for those with no pond or with steep sided ponds could help in case of future visits

I would be looking at why it couldn't clime out itself otherwise the pond could be a death trap for other h/hogs in need of a drink. I have a bird bath at hog hight for them, the dogs prefer that to water from the house so I have to top it up at least once a day.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 20:11

Gladiole 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49590.jpg?width=280&height=350&mode=max

Hoary Plantain

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49591.jpg?width=280&height=350&mode=max

Columbine

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49593.jpg?width=280&height=350&mode=max

Humble Cats Ear

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49594.jpg?width=280&height=350&mode=max

Welsh poppies

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49596.jpg?width=280&height=350&mode=max

Valerian

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/49597.jpg?width=630&height=350&mode=max

 

 

Beetle ID

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 13:34

Beetle ID

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 13:26

I think they're Sloe bugs, Dolycoris baccarat, amazing looking creatures. Sorry I hate spell check sometimes, that should be baccarum

Acer Palmatum seeds

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 13:07

Most seeds don't do well, if they've been allowed to dry out. I know you think most seeds you buy are dry, however, they might look dry but they've been kept in sealed pouches to stop the moisture levels dropping too low. Home collected seed can dry out too much but you usually have more than enough seed to compensate. As nut says, sow fresh, leave them in a shady place in the garden until they come up. Many tree seedlings need one, two or more winters to break their natural dormancy and if the seeds have been badly stored that can induce a secondary dormancy. Lettuce is the best known example of this kind which is why you sow lettuce when it cool. 

Inarching update

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 12:41
Verdun wrote (see)

Always wanted to do grafting myself Jim.  Looks super neat job there. 

Thanks Verdun, you should give it a go then, it really isn't so hard at all..

 

 

LilAmbar wrote (see)

Well done.  I had a go at grafting last year and now have some healthy baby Nana's apple trees.  No idea what they actually are but I had to give it a go for H2B as his Nana's bungalow was being sold and the tree is now no more.

That's a sad story with a happy ending though. It's such a great feeling to know you don't have to lose those precious plants.

 

 

 

home-made-plant-supports

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 17:53

Yeah, I remember the program, I've probably still got it sky+'d but I'm sure you're question's been answered by stuartb3502. I've got some I bought years ago and I otherwise use prunings from shrubs and birch. 

1 to 10 of 703

Discussions started by Jim Macd

Astrantia Roma

Replies: 8    Views: 177
Last Post: 22/06/2014 at 10:57

Inarching update

Update on Apple Spartan graft of two new mm106 rootstocks (inarches) 
Replies: 5    Views: 106
Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 12:41

Incredible luck

It's incredible what you can find when you least expect it.  
Replies: 22    Views: 595
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 08:50

Geranium sanguineum striatum

Geranium sanguineum striatum other wise known as Geranium sanguineum lancastriense 
Replies: 2    Views: 186
Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 19:32

Appalling Customer Service!

Replies: 12    Views: 1091
Last Post: 18/03/2014 at 18:53

Peter Beales

Great Irises 
Replies: 19    Views: 560
Last Post: 21/03/2014 at 14:48

Crocks for ....

what are crocks for? 
Replies: 9    Views: 337
Last Post: 05/03/2014 at 11:56

Helleborus argutifolius?

Any Hellebore experts? 
Replies: 34    Views: 777
Last Post: 03/03/2014 at 10:18

First Wild Daffodil

The First Wild Daffodil in my garden County Durham 
Replies: 7    Views: 340
Last Post: 04/03/2014 at 18:20

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

What varieties have you got and which do you like best? 
Replies: 64    Views: 2020
Last Post: 18/03/2014 at 18:27

B&Q dead plants

B&Q dead plants 
Replies: 31    Views: 2186
Last Post: 16/02/2014 at 22:16

Large bird of prey

I just saw a large bird of prey in my Garden 
Replies: 25    Views: 797
Last Post: 06/02/2014 at 11:34

Pulmonaria obscura seeds

Anyone have seeds /plants of Pulmonaria obscura 
Replies: 19    Views: 654
Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 11:30

Crabapples,

Different Crabapple varieties.  
Replies: 30    Views: 963
Last Post: 05/06/2014 at 22:29

Pyrus calleryana chanticleer

Pyrus calleryana chanticleer 
Replies: 8    Views: 473
Last Post: 11/11/2013 at 10:20
1 to 15 of 18 threads