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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 10:16

First group of four.


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:14

Hi Berghill. I am very interested in your comments - you condemn whole families of plants for being a nuisance - plants which many of us love as I do. You are obviously a very knowledgeable and experienced gardener - also going by the names you have been mentioning very discerning. Several varieties of the same plant for instance suggest this to me and I could believe you are a botanist and have a botanists garden.  What bothers me is that if that is so how did you come to plant these "rejects" in the first place. Love to hear your comments and please do understand this is a genuine thought from  me and tendered with the greatest respect.. Goodneess knows I have made many many mistakes in my plant selection but we all live and learn as I like to think I have. Be really nice to have a natter and get your views. Best wishes.


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 14:02

Hi all. Ref that flowering lettuce I mentioned earlier on but could not remember the name. A Guinness has helped stir the remaining grey matter a little and its first name has come to me - its Mulgedium whatever. I have looked on PC and found two versions of it but these both seem to have narrow leaves - mine were distinctly lettuce like. That second part was something along the lines of bourgettii or bourgii - I will keep looking.


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 13:58

Hi Berghill. My friend you must be very busy trying to keep that lot under control. Good luck and your comments interesting.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 12:18

. Forgot to mention ref the rain comment. We have had a couple of decent downpours this last week ( after weeks without) and happy to say 5 of my 9 butts are now full. I have a bank of four, a bank of two and three solos.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 12:13

Hi Verdun. I think the Daylily I sent pics of but also as mentioned Phloxes are looking really good.   Ref that Pot Marigold I have not had them in the garden for many years and only last week i was handed (literally) a couple which I took home in the palm of my hand -- planted  them and bingo today first flower. I will let them wander.


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 12:04

Hi Tina-Tuirner. Yerse indeedy I also can think of quite a few.


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 11:51

Hi Busy-Lizzie. Just a quickie. I have had the same problem with the yellow Lamium but as you said the foliage looks good. I suppose its like all those sort of plants when they get themselves into an umwanted position they are a real nuisance but in the right place out of mischief they serve a useful purpose.  I had this happen to me quite a few times with "little strangers" turning up in plants given me( shared) and eventually all offerings  got  a good combing and washing before planting -  it helped but even so a tiny scrap was missed somewhere. Oh well all part of gardenening but as you said its all work and I beleieve you have a really large plot do you not. Regards.


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 11:45

Hi all. Last for the moment. Another plant,  a real spreader but on the surface and not difficult ( I found) to keep back although it always meant business.   I grew it as attractive ground cover for a difficult dry place -  called  Ceratostigma plumbaginoides. About 8-12 inches high it has wiry stems and smallish oval leaves a proportion of which turn a real scarlet in Autumn when it flowers with lovely true blue flowers - look very nice together.   I grew it under a couple of conifers I had removed the lower branches from and it was always very dry there.   Once established it seemed happy  and I was always having to keep at it to keep it in check ( not hard work)  -  thought the effort was worth it mind ( to me) for the result. See you later.


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 11:34

Hi all. Heres another and hopefully this plant may ring bells with someone out there.   I cannot for the life of me remember its botanical name but when I bought it from a cottage garden they called it "Flowering Lettuce" which it looked very much like (Cos) except that the foliage was a nice blueish colour.    I am going back to the 60's-70's here and had looked it up in books where it stated there was two versions, one a goody and t'other very much a baddy. You have guessed it - I got hold of the baddy.     I planted it at the end of a 20ft long mixed border in one spring and all looked well all that year and even to the next summer but then I noticed small bljue shoots coming up everywhere full length of that border.. In due course ( end of season) I had to remove every single plant - comb out and wash all the roots of the lot to get rid of it which fortunately I did.     As I sai I cannot remember the full name but I think the second was ---- bourgattii or similar.    Any ideas?.

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