Keen 1

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Posted: 28/07/2013 at 11:22

Hi all. back to shockers. I mentioned yesterday a plant I have always liked - its a British native I think and its a Euphorbia. Name is Euphorbia lathyris and grows thus - a single stem up to 2 -3 feet - leaves at 90 degs equally spaced up to the top and in due course theres a topknot of greenish yellow flowers. If allowexd to these set large seeds in sectioned pods which in time and in the hot sun explode noisily and send the pea sized seed in all directions - possibly up to 20 feet away. A lovely stately accent plant I think but its seeding habits are the shocking part - they get everywhere although easily recognised and plucked out.   It is also called the Caper Spurge but of course has absolutely no connection with Capers at all  -  believe all Spurges are  poisonous and have that very caustic milky sap which is nasty if it gets on you at all. First garden I had Wulfenii, characias and the smaller mirsinites but got rid of them for this reason.   Others comments ref these plants pse.


Posted: 28/07/2013 at 11:09

Hi Salino - Busy-Lizzie  ( and all). Just a comment abouit that hat. Firstly I thought that you was so astounded at my good looks you could only think to comment on the hat. I am a modest person but well aware of my very personable appearence ( hesitate to say good looks).. I used to have quite a number of folk walk around my first garden and it was quite on the cards to be told on departure -"  great to see your lovely garden and also the lovely gardener". - you get used to it.  Modesty forbids me from saying more lest you get the impression I am a tad conceited.  Now ref that badge  - that is the badge of  "The Royal Corps of Signals" which I served in years ago -very proud to have done so . Wear it on my "sunhat" for that reason and also its does attract other ex Sigs types to come and have a chat whilst out and about..


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 17:10

Hi Salino - all.. Yer I know I am  not the prettiest of plants. Ref that hat the badge on it is very very special to me - you I think amongst others will not know it and I will not explain .  This is one of the things which troubles me about some  PC sites - one talks to people but has no idea of what those talked to look like. Well now you all know me for what its worth. Is there any way if desired members here can contact each other off site if they would like too?.

I am done for today now but tomorrow all being well I will talk of a very humble  but lovely  ( to me ) plant which can be a real PITA. Probably one of the most beautiful though simple amongst all those I have grown over the years.

 Ref Ground Elder well this has been/is a menace to many many folk everywhere and is probably impossible to irredicate - you tell me -  have a good day.


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 14:57

Hi all. Just a small deviation here from all this very serious stuff. According to my missus ( who has her own ideas about gardening) this plant is just about the biggest menace of the lot. Name is Keeny officinalis var. " Pestifero" ( amongst others depending on her mood.


Day Lilies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 14:18

Hi Matty2. An aplogy. When I just commented on your Daylily I used the name Patty2. Sorry about that - it was the turning the page i think that did it.  Regards.

Day Lilies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 14:17

Hi Verdun. So you are another scruffy ...  in the garden then . gardening is all about relaxing for sure and that includes clothing.  As for the Daylilys foliage ain't what I said - I meant bent swords - ahem.


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 14:01

Hi all. Ref the Physostegia being a coarse common shocking pink old thing -- come to think of it so am I at times  -  don't you dare.


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:59

Hi Verdun. yes me likewise -  if I like them well I put them in a decent sized container. heres  a for-instance. The old Physostegia (Obedient plant ) like very much and in my last garden at Colchester it grew as a nice tidy slowly increasing clump - great.   Bought one for this current garden and during last growing season it spread to a good 3 feet across - had a terrible job to disentangle it from its neighbours. All is well now its safely in a pot - yes agreed it is a coarse common shocking pink old plant but I like it.

Day Lilies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:50

Hi .Verdun. Well of course there has always been and always will be better plants to plant in our gardens but its all a matter of personal  likings and choice - not a lot different to clothing really is it?. We all wear what we like and to heck with fashion (certainly in my case) and I  also  apply this principle to plants - one persons meat etc etc etc.     I personally love any sword like foliage as a contrast to rounder and fluffier with the old Antholiza we talked of recently - looks a treat to me but heres a confession - I will admit to all I am very much what I would call  "old school"  in my gardening preferences as indeed I am in so many things - I ask you to bear with me - above all though I ain't "stoopit".

 Patty2. Wow thats some colour on your Daylily -  again if you like it well goodho - must say though that is a very apprpropriate name for it  - Pardon Me  -  Gor Blimey i think would be equally suitable. Have fun. Best wishes and nice to natter.


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:30

Hi all. Some real seeders there for sure but another ( though I love it to bits) is Fennel - never ever let those flower heads turn to seed and disperse as I did last year, forgot all about it. A lot of folk cut off the flowers as soon as they appear but I like that yellow contrasting with the (in my version) bronze foliage. Easily recognisable these seedlings and I have honestly plucked out hundreds thus far this year - I will not though be deterred from growing it.  I have had some real cracking double flowers from amongst self sown Aqulegias though as Berghill says they do get about.    Ref the Lily of the Valley well I inherited a long bed full of it along the garage wall but kept back by a path so it stays put - have to say i do love that beautiful scent in a small vase or two in the Spring.. It looks good also since theres climbing Roses and Clematis growing on that wall also, the L of V makes a pleasant green carpet under these.


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