Keen 1

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Posted: 01/07/2013 at 17:52

Hi Verdun. No I have never grown that but have read of it from my 1930's garden book - Describes it as Maryland Pink-root. -  hardy perennial Herbs -  Spigelia marilandica - red and yellow - summer. I would like later to post ref this plant  names thing - i.e. to the experienced/very experienced all the Botanical names are just used off the top of the head but to the inexperienced/beginners they must sound very daunting at times. I use them myself (as others) automatically and know what I am at but to a beginner they can be very "offputting" - i.e. those that use them are experts and possibly way up top  and unapproachable - not so at all. We all started somewhere and I feel a little guilty here myself spouting all the fancy names and so would like to say that way back in 1957  having married  did after a struggle manage a deposit on our first property, a bungalow built on very rough meadowland - first attempts at gardening came down to three rectangular beds cut in the middle of it all with alternately spaced white Alyssum and Blue Lobelia round their edges with a few scarlet Salvias centering them. Please all you "lookers"  but non posters do not be fright if beginners - ask and we will tell , thats how we all learned. Respects and regards.


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 14:28

Hi all. Ref this last pic the far concrete posts are now out of sight behind containerised large Bamboo plants - have 12 of these spaced out all round the plot - love them.


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 14:26

Last of three.



Posted: 01/07/2013 at 14:22

Hi addict - all.. Thank you but I have been getting "Keener" and "Keener" for 56 yrs. I am sure that your creations are just as well thought out and look every bit as good.Ref the Tradescantias  I love them for their long flowering season and in the case of the yellow foliaged one the contrast between flowers and foliage is really striking. . I have associated it (its nearest neighbours in the overall) with a green and a green/whiteHosta, Fennel, Dicentrra,  Astrantia and Alchemilla (another plant I love to bits). Speaking of the Hemerocallis I also at my last address grew the variegated one but this should interest you I have also ( cannot be absolutely sure of this name)  a semi double flowered one with the "standard" coloured flowers - I know it as Kwanso Flore Plena. Another great favourite with me is the True Geranium family, I have lots. I have learned what I have learned due to much trial and error but also due to my love of the "real" cottage garden plants and the gardens they grew in. If plants histories/fables etc are of interest may I suggest a good book to you . Its getting on a bit now but can still be bought on Amazon/ebay etc. Title is "Flowers and Their Histories" and author is Alice M. Coats, recommended as a good read and a very useful reference book. The aim really for me is to achieve "an orderly disorderliness" overall.. Regards.


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 12:31

Will try another or two. Then I suppose they should go into an album?.



Posted: 01/07/2013 at 11:56

Hi  A


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Posted: 01/07/2013 at 11:20

Hi. Just for intgerest  few of the plant friends I have - others will grow these and  comments welcome. These are amongst the less well known (generally) types. Amsonia, Dictamnus, Filipendula  (ulmaria and hexapetala + plena), Reineckia, Lysimachia (thinking clethroides here but others), Ligularia, Scopolia, Aruncus, Peltiphyllum, Dicentras (well known/loved but had to mention them), Alchemillas( mollis + conjuncta), Rodgersias plus Ferns in a few varietie. More later if interesting.  Two novelty plants I found quite recently are  a yellow foliaged Acanthus mollis and also a Tradescantia - really vivid this with the bright ( in sun) yellow foliage and the lovely ( to me anyway) blue flowers.


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 10:56

Hi. Ref Montbretia. Likewise I find the common orange one a bit of a pain at times but theres now other colours. Over the years I have grown all manner of plants avidly and a goodly number of these were found in the small ads in the gardening magazines - just a simply 2 liner - " Herbaceous perennials for sale- send for lists".  Found some grand plants that way, they were either small growers or private ones selling off spare stock etc. I did of course also buy from the bigger gardens including Mrs Fish and Mrs Chatto's ( still do from hers.) and nurseries/garden centres. Amongst these small ads I found a very pale yellow Montbretia which they referred to as "Honey Angels" and it was a gem - i am going way back here to the 60's or 70's. I also found the then known as Antholiza Paniculata ( Aunt Eliza) and still have this growing in the garden today - increases somewhat but easily controlled. Not in the same league as the modern Crocosmias for colour and brightness but a nice red and makes a wonderful foliage contrast plant it something tall and swordlike is needed.


Posted: 01/07/2013 at 10:41

Hi Salino. Thanks for the gen on the uploading of pics from Picasa -  have made a note of your comments and will give it a go. I did actually yesterday go to "Help" and they give there 3 choices - if uploading from PC it says pics are automatically resized (though as a PC duffer I could well have misread it). I did get a pic to appear in the Topic though it was well oversized but that was before I had actually "Sent" it  - perhaps it is whilst sending the resizing takes place- maybe you would kindly read and let me know. Thanks again and look forward to some natters both plants and also about our cameras..


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:47

Hi. Thanks again. Agree with what you say but we fit it all in somehow do we not. Always so nice to talk about it  as well as tend and grow it all. Quite apart from the sheer pleasure of doing all this there is always that little bit of self pride involved when we stand back and think "I did that"- and so worth while.

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