Keen 1

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Posted: 27/07/2013 at 13:18

Hi. Will leave out the "better known" (now) ones - also lets give Knot Weed a miss - though I never fell for it I have to   say I oftentimes stood and looked at a (masive) clump of it and admired that foliage.   One of the worst I planted in all innocence was a plant which is still readily seen in garden centres - Houttuynia cordata variegata - planted it in a shady rock bed and in no time at all it took over - had to totally dismantle it all and carefully wash all the rocks etc to remove every trace - managed it but never again will that plant ( or its green version) see my garden.

Another was called Geranium stapfianmum Roseum and it was that,  Roseum for sure a shocking pink but with pretty  light and dark foliage of typical family shape. Thing was as I recall its roots were made up of many tiny nodules and these got about everywhere  ( evryone a new plant) - put it in a pot finally to try and keep it out of mischief but still it got around. More to follow including ( when I can remember its a name) a horror called "Flowering Lettuce.


Day Lilies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 12:35

 Hi Salino.  Nice to see you again. The Daylily family has some really nice plants - the much more so since in these later years theres so many named varieties been produced - am I correct in thinking in America mainly?.    That of yours is a lovely dark colour.   I am afraid that ref the groups of the same I have never ever been able to follow that idea good (and correct I think) though it is.   In any garden I have had space has always been at a premium and I do so love to collect variety.   Having said that I do where possible plant closely as in a wide bed  -  my problem being where I am now  I only have one such and that is in full sun all day ( I have taken steps to provide shade but have to wait for this). The  only shade I have in is a narrow border along a North facing fence and that strip in the grass where the double Daylily grows was a hasty effort in May to rescue plants from Deer. Above all I also go where possible for the cottage look and to use another (non military) expression a nice "orderly disorderliness"..


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 12:03

Hi . Referring to the comments ref some Campanulas being a menace ( which they can be/.are) I wondered if we might all share a few expereinces about plants we have had "problems" with over our gardening experiences. Should be interesting and might give timely warnings in some cases to potential buyers of them -- bearing in mind as already stated (Fairygirl ack.) that different areas produce different results with different plants. Whatever it would give a caution to possible buyers. as to potential problems. I have had some as no doubt we all have. Worth a go? - I will kick off if yes.


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:47

Hi Bookertoo. Ref my last comment to Fairygirl which please see. Read about them before buying and be selective as with all things. That pink one you have is known to me but never grown - sounds great. Forgot to mention the one I was talking about  trachelium "Bernice" only increases very slowly in a clump - there is a single flowered version of it of course and I have had no experience of it so cannot comment about its behaviour. Regards


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:40

Hi Fairygirl. Agreed completely but I am talking about this one particular Campanula and wherever it is grown I cannot imagine it being a nuisance. Also agree a lot of them are "over the top" - the thing is to be selective.  I have only this and the peach leaved variety and yes that one seeds about a little but is easily plucked out if need be. I always enjoy keeping a wide eye open for seedlings in the plot - this week have found a lovely blue Larkspur which appeared and yes I will let it seed about. Hope all is well with you.


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:13

Hi Berghill. I think you must have your Campanulas mixed up. This plant is perfectly well behaved with me and and what few seedlings it has produced one of them was white as stated. Perhaps you have rapunculoides?. In any case  " to each their own" don't you think?.


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 10:59

Hi. Ref the double Daylily possibly appearing "under its own  steam" a similar thing happened with this plant. I bought this semi double/double called trachelium "Bernice" many years ago - there is also a white and I do believe now also a pink (not pos on that). I have found that Campanulas readily seed around and I have had whites appear from blue plants particularly with the peach  leaf  variety. Had a lovely white semi double appear from this one which has stayed true  and permanent - not yet flowering.


Day Lilies

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 10:32

Hi. Could not resist sending a further pic showing three flowers out together.



Posted: 27/07/2013 at 10:17

Hi. Last comment ref Eucomis. Heres the pics I promised yesterday. One of the whole plant and another showing close up of the stem, topknot and forming flower buds beneath it.  Does anyone else grow this - as stated I "took it on " in a very ailing condition rather than see it just go in the bin. Ref the paragraphs I agree but for some reason this less than 3 year old PC of mine does not. By that I mean when I finish a sentence and attempt to start a new paragraph the whole text



disappears - gremlins?.


Posted: 26/07/2013 at 18:21

Hi.  I have tried to create threads with ongoing comment but seems to me this is not wanted - just one and two liners -  questions etc  - fair enough. I would like to continue posting but think just similar "shorties" are appropriate. So yer gonna get my "Keenisms" - i.e. from time to time  some of my little stories and reflections stemming from over the years. Should this not be liked then please say and I will walk. First is ref Eucomis - or Pineapple Lily and a little story surrounding this. Starts in 2011 and my sister arrived with a pot containing a lot of very shrivelled and unhappy looking foliage. Seems that whatever this is was there when they moved in and it was not something they liked so it was headed for the "brown bin" - this being the Councils garden refuse container. Did I know what it was - well yes I did (bighead) because there was just this shrivelled stem of an ex flower still with the "Topknot " just recognisable. I will give it a go and I did and thereby hangs this story.     Out of the pot and trimmed of all that very shrivelled foliage - placed in the shade and the almost equally shrivelled large bulb given several fine sprays of water hoping to recover it. Seemed to be appreciated so a very special position in the hottest part of the garden was allocated to it and prepared, this was just side to a largeish Thuya and gave it partial shade during the hottest part of the day but sunshine otherwise. It was left there for the winter and in 2012 did put out a few leaves and also just two flowers. Nuirsed it all year and came the winter off to sleep it went again - that was 2012. Very happy to say that this year 2013 it is going great guns with a nice mass of healthy foliage and quite a number of flower stems with the typical "Topknots" already formed.  It is all systems go for a good show and I am so pleased - nay delighted.  I am wide open to being called a "nut" or a "crank" or both here when I say this  but I do not care at all. I am sure that whilst standing near to it  looking at this once absolute wreck of a plant and seeing it  now  looking so robust and healthy I can here a little voice saying Thank you  -  Can't be bad can it. Satisfaction for sure.  Will send some pics.

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