Keen 1

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Posted: 29/07/2013 at 14:12

Hi Salino. Do you know this PC of mine has a mind of its own - I just did before rplying to Berghill reply to you and its just vanished. Will try to reproduce similar text.           Ref those "bangs" -  I was not referring to "those" bangs ( though they possibly did not help - dare not explain) but to those "bangs" in which one has a mishap or disagreement and ones outlines are altered a little.  Hope we are on the same wavelength here regarding our interpretation of "bangs"?.    Seems I have me Lavenders all mixed up and sounds like mine are the same as yours - Hidcote.   Have a few plants in a dry hot corner  with Rue, Salvia sclarea, Curry plant (not to your liking) and a few other "drys". Love to pick-crush-smell as with the Herbs in the garden. Speaking of which i have a nice Bay in the front about 8 feet tall and 3-4 feet diameter which I clip at appropriate times - enjoy that for the scent.


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 13:55

Hi Berghill. Firstly glad you also enjoy that book - read it times over - now he was really selective.  Platycodons I love and although I have none now I had pink,white and blue in last garden. Aconitums I was always for some reason a little bit "frite" of because I believe they are really really poisonous and did not want to risk them on the plot.      You mentioned earlier St Bernards Lily - Anthericum liliago I think  - it has a brother St Brunos Lily  A.liliastrum  which I read has  better/bigger flowers never had this but still have some St. Bernards which I like. have some of the Bernards now. Most of this others or varieties thereof I have had and still have a sneaking liking for the Gold Creeping Jenny but as you say it does travel though at least you can see it.

 How I envy you your soil - I can see why everything ( or nearly) grows and sets seeds so readily on  your plot.   My soil is 50%sand and to make matters worse this is the dryest corner of England we live in.    Just as a matter of interest what is your general garden reading - do you like to look into plants history/legend/myth etc?.

Flying Flowers.

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Flying Flowers.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 12:55

Hi all. I think my first post on this site was ref bees and I commented that there was around here at least a larger number than usual of them about this year.       More good news - I am happy to say that the same applies to Butterflies which I have not for a long long time seen so many. All the flowers in the garden attract them but as stated hitherto I am mostly interested in foliage and the flowers are treated as a bonus - hence though I have a goodly variety I have not that number of what I suppose could be called spectacular. The usual annual "bests" for the butterflies are the Sedums (spectabile in particular)  but above all the Buddleas (sp). I have four bushes of these, three were competing with and under  mature trees and in spite of their size I have moved one over "out of range".    Will do the others in due course but all will know that moving large bushes is a job and the plants most certainly in my experience "sulk" for a couple of seasons after - assuming that is if all goes well.    Best one which was away from the trees is all of 7-8 feet tall and at least 6 ft in diameter.    It has masses of flowers all ready out and many more to come and is alive with Butterflies - Bees and other insects.   I like my cameras and have been out taking some close ups of the action. Will sort and send just a few though theres not much to say about it all.


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 12:24

Hi Salino. Thanks for that and glad you saw a little humour in it all. This will make you smile. I  always did like and respect the gals - that was all those years ago and still now. Anyay ref me looks well I have had quite a few "bangs" over the years which ain't helped.them but I did have a lass once tell me I was "beautifully ugly" - what do you  make of that ?. Nuff said.          Back to plants.   Like yourself I have always found Hellebores to be free seeders and this particularly applies to the native Foetidus and also Corsicus. This  I especially like though do not have a plant at the moment    Speaking of that  native Hellebore it grows in quite large clumps in the woods next door which is nice - they look great crowded together and especially when in flower. Lavenderf I have a few plants in a dry hot corner and think they are Munstead variety with the darker flowers - is that so?.


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 10:52

Hi Berghill. Ref the spreaders yes please do -  will be of interest to all. Even allowing for what is agreed that in one place a plant can be an angel and in another a thug theres a cautionary note to it all and it opens eyes to possible problems if planted - a stitch in time perhaps?.


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 10:47

Hi all. Talking of botanists I have read a book which shows a very discerning plantsman ( botanist) and found it very interesting with much good info. Called  "A Botanists Garden"  - author John Raven.

 Now back to plants.    Another Euphorbia and this one  is called Euphorbia Robbiae  - Wood Spurge -  or Mrs. Robbs Bonnet.. Given the conditions it likes ( and it was not as I recall overly fussy with me) it spreads quite rapidly. Darkish green foliage and typical spurge flowers, also poisonous in all its parts and with that caustic latex. I finally dug it all up.   I read just a little story about this plant and how it came into this Country  -  it said  Mrs. Robb saw it growing -  took a bit, put it in her handbag to bring home -  from where and when I do  not know but it suggests (if true) that it was in a place where plants were not allowed taken out  -  China perhaps?


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 10:33

Hi Berghill. Thanks for that - I should have used the word intrigued instead of bothered.  Was interested to know why you had so many plants which you were seemingl not happy with (their habits) and how that came about. All is explained . Ref the botanist bit well from your comments I got the impression that you are obviously very choosy and discerning and only those which suited you entirely were allowed a good report or placein your plot. Deadheading is a bind especially when there is always so many other things to do all the time. I usuually lose patience with the clumpy things and put the shears over them - rightly or wrongly. Best wishes to you and thanks again.


Posted: 29/07/2013 at 10:25

Hi Salino. Well it was of course just for a little digression - a giggle but sadly like all my attemps at humour it fell flat on its face. I only sent the pic as being of the supposed plant my missus thought was a pest in the garden. No harm done and basically the pic  "puts me up"  - I ain't no oil painting  nor would want to be - but oh  what a sweet nature I have  --- sorry.   Regards.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 10:18


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