Keen 1

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Posted: 30/07/2013 at 10:51

Hi all. Now three bigger ones. These are plants again I like very much but two of the three I have found can be a problem with their wandering ways.  Lysimachias all  -  first "punctata" with the stubby yellow flowers and increases very quickly -  pretty in its own way but a coarse plant I think. To a lesser extent przwalskii ( is that still its name?)  with  nice  cut largeish (Maple like?) foliage and pretty yellow flowers  -  this also likes to wander - has also the habit of wilting very badly in warmer/hot weather and no amount of water will change its mind I found  -  when it cools down its back to normal as if now't had happened.    Lastly one I grew years ago and liked very much  -  left it behind me on a move  -   have only this year bought another plant of it which is just coming into flower. Thinking of "clethroides" with the white flowers turned over  at the tops of the stems  like shepherds crooks.. I found if grown in the open its flowers open all around the top of the plant but if grown against say a fence its flowers all point just the one way away from it. Something different.  Never found myself any problems with this plant  in fact it was quite slow for me - just wanted to mention it.


Posted: 30/07/2013 at 10:34

Hi. I may get told off for this . Some plants now which are possibly/probably some of the most useful, are beautiful and probably the most complementary to the gardening scene.  Been around a long time but need (depending) continuous attention to keep under control and can be very invasive/untidy if neglected.  Have been part of the garden scene for many many years and are mostly much loved in spite of this attention needed. . Can be grown in several ways either well under control (Lawns)  or  in a more relaxed manner ( just Grass).  I refer to the Lawn grasses.   Call that patch of green  what you will  -  fine mowed  - occasionally mowed  or whatever they have been the backbone of so many many gardens for a long time. and I repeat what complements a nice garden of plantings/flowers better?.  They are however hard work and you. either love em or hate em.  This post is aimed at the Lawn grasses only.   All the many others have their own pros and cons - tell of your experiences with them.


Posted: 30/07/2013 at 10:05

Hi. I am down orf me soapbox  ( to many thank goodnessess and sighs of relief methinks).     Heres a few more plants which I love but they can /do get abouit a bit. Firstly the little Ajugas  -  I like to let this plant wander as much as poss and its wanderings are ( I think) done in a nice honest way since they are lightly rooted near to the soil surface and easily plucked out  -  again though it does get around.  Especially love those little dark blue flower spikes.   I have the dark green/purply leaved one and also have grown and liked the variegated green/white form.   Theres several others around now including I think gold leaved and these sort of mottled variegations (pink green white) which I cannot stand - to me (repeat me) this type of variegation always looks virused and ill  -  to each their own again.Theres another plant with similar habits thouigh not quite so exhuberant I think  -  low growing again with pretty ferny foliage and nice yellow ( Potentilla like?)  flowers. Wanders around and needed an eye kept on it for me - called waldstienia ternata. The Lamiums in variety  are similar but again as stated several times in awkwark difficult places they can fulfil a very useful role.


Posted: 30/07/2013 at 09:50

Hi . That Himalayan Balsam sure is a total shocker - the only place I can recall seeing it growing and looking top knotch was along the banks of a river in Essex where it could get up to no mischief.    To sort of recap though amongst all of these plants we are mentioning here there is a lot of nicies - depending as we have all agreed on where you grow them and of course above all I suppose on how much we keep them under control. They will seed and spread and if we do not want this we must take the necessary action - often times easier said than done ref time and other commitments etc.    Things do get overlooked and all of us  forget things at times as i did with the Fennel last year and s'welp me I have spent months now (with many more to come no doubt) pulling them out - wow do those seeds get about.  Nature is not about control really - I feel she (Ma) adopts generally a  "let em get on with it attitude" whereas we in our gardens like to/try to control things to our way of thinking.  Nuff said because I think whatever whatever we are all having a good natter here about many plants and theres much of interest and much to be learned - newcomers to the scene in particular may find it all useful in that they get to know plants and the warning signs are here as to possible shockers. QED.

Flying Flowers.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 18:23

Forgot to mention. have a few more pics to send tomorrow but not a great deal otherwise ( unusual for me) to say. Regards all.

Flying Flowers.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 18:22

Hi . I myself am also "iffy" about Moths though Butterflies bother me not. Moths seem to have that habit of flying straight at you and its a bit off putting. However whatever we all acknowledge that they all are serving a wonderfully useful purpose on our poor hard hit planet ( hard hit is my own opinion).. That particular Buddlea has been absolutely laden with B'flies and Bees  all day. As for moving them well at my age theres no time for cuttings of shrubs to mature so I give it a go and move them.   Have g enerally been successful over the years doing this with any shrub but as I mentioned they do tend to sulk for a season or two. I talk to them nicely  ahem!.


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 18:11

Hi all. Now another plant which seeds very badly but is one I honestly feel I could not have a garden without - will try to explain.   I am referring here to the common native biennial evening Primrose - Oenothera biennis..    This is another of those plants which just appeared in my garden many years ago (50's) and has stayed with me by seeding itself about ever since - as stated they get everywhere.- it has followed me from my first propertyy to this my third. I have always found they come in two types - either a small flowered one - 1 inch across flowers ot a bigger 2 in across one. After flowering they set a length of seed pods up the stems which duly open and spread.  They are I find no trouble in that they are easil recognised and removed  - this I do and always leave a selection (pot luck) to develop and flower during that year. Now heres that wonderful thing ( bonus) as i see it. The plants having grown during the year to flowering size (3 to 5 ft)  and with a good head of flower buds  - the bigger ones easily noted .  One can on a nice hot sunny summer evening stand and watch these flower buds "twitch" open from bud to full size in jerky movements.    A sight to see I think - nature actually at work. The flowers have a nice subtle scent as well. If you do have this plant in the garden do give it a go - you will be as I always have been enthralled.


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 17:56

Hi Salino. I was following you (I hoped) ref the "bangs"  - "those" bangs I referred to coincide with what I thought you meant - not  the smack in the gob. type.  Ain't it a bind we cannot explain to each other what we are getting at on site like this. I am sure we both know what we are getting at so lets have a little giggle between  ourselves.. If we go on about this our minds will become "over boggled".mnever mind banged..


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 17:50

Hi addict. You are an honest gardener - quite prepared to admit to mistakes which goodness knows all of have made aplenty during our gardening lives.  You have that great interest and obviously above your already probably considerable knowledge the adaptability to learn more. You enjoy and best wishes to you. Incidentally those wild Violets are given free rein on my plot and for sure they are everywhere but are easily plucked out as and when. Regards.


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 17:45

Hi Berghill. So your set up not as good as I thought. Well never mind because we are as gardeners very versatile and famous for making the best of whatever situation crops up on our plot weatherwise or whatever. - so be it for you and so be it for me and all of us - we will overcome!. Good to see that you are a great reader and lets face it from this comes much knowledge added to our own actual experiences and even fumblings. I do believe however whilst looking seriously at what they say we must not be confounded or overawed by writers and "experts" be they actual or imagined - we must give things a try whatever I feel -  "know alls" of course  to be always given a wide berth as far as I am concerned. I am as previously stated a great disciple of Margery Fish and ask you have you read any of her books? - if not may I seriously suggest you have a look at them since they may well appeal to you being a great reader. I have enjoyed them all my gardening life and have derived great benefit from them - 56 years in my case - understand if taboo but may I ask how about yourself - how long have you been at it.    Its very nice to be nattering to you - conversation rather than chat which ain't my thing. Regartds.

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