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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 14:27

As for the rear garden, sunshine, blue skies and a garden full of bees thanks to the geraniums, scabius and foxgloves. I was going to Chelsea chop the geraniums but due to the number of bees I don't know if I have the heart to to do it?

Last edited: 24 June 2016 14:28:22

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 14:10

I have a small quadrant shaped border on my front driveway, as its seen by everyone who walks past my house I try and keep it presentable. I have hydrangea underplanted with box balls, crocosmia, foxgloves, lupins and salvia.


Last edited: 24 June 2016 14:10:50

Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 22:04

The gardens at Chelsea Flower Show are usually quite ridiculous and unrealistic. There were only a couple of gardens that I actually liked this year.

Last edited: 20 June 2016 22:04:30

Curling tomatoes

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 20:21

Could it be related to the temperature, perhaps at night time?

Water Butt Overflowing

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 17:40

 Where the pipe comes out of the downpipe, this needs to be no higher than the top of the water butt. If it is higher then water will still flow into the butt. However, if its lower than the top of the water then it will be impossible for the butt to overflow. Water will fill the but only to the height of where the pipe comes out of the down pipe.

You can see from the line I've drawn on your photo that where the pipe originally came out of your down pipe, it was slightly higher than the top of your water butt.

Last edited: 20 June 2016 17:45:00

Bee & Butterfly Friendly Plants

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 22:48

I compiled a (long) list of some bee friendly plants recently, to help me choose for my garden...

(I warned you it was long)

Aconitrum Carmichaelii 

Agrimony (agrimonia eupatoria)

Aconitrum Carmichaelii

Angelica (angelica archangelica)

Anise Hyssop (agastache foeniculum)


Bergamot (monarda didyma)


Bird's Foot Trefoil (lotus corniculatus)

Black Horehound (ballota nigra)

Blackthorn (prunus spinosa)

Bloody Cranesbill

Bluebell (hyacinthoides non-scripta)

Borage (borago officinalis)

Bugle (ajuga repens)


Cardoon (cynara cardunculus)

Catmint (nepeta cataria)

Chicory (cichorium intybus)

Chives (allium schoenprasum)

Columbine (aquilegia)


Cornflower (centaurea cyanus)

Echium Blue Bedder

Foxglove (digitalis)

Germander Speedwell (veronica chamaedrys)


Globe Flower (trollius europaeus)

Globe Thistle (echinops ritro)

Grape Hyacinth

Greater Knapweed (centaurea scabiosa)

Greater Stitchwort


Hedge Woundwort (stachys sylvestris)

Herb Robert (geranium robertianum)

Hollyhock (althaea rosea)

Hound's Tongue (Cynoglossum)

Hyssop (hyssopus officinalis)

Ice Plant (sedum)

Lemon Bergamot

Lady's Smock (cardamine pratensis)

Lambs Ears (stachys byzantine)


Lavender (lavendula)

Lemon Balm (melissa officinalis)

Lesser Celandine

Lovage (levisticum officinale)

Mandora (Bee balm)


Marjoram (origanum majorana)

Marsh Marigold

Meadow Clary (salvia pratensis)

Meadowsweet (filipendula ulmaria)

Myosotis Scorpioides (water forget-me-not)

Apple Mint

Mountain Mint

Mullein (verbascum)

Musk Mallow (malva moschata)


Painted sage (slavia horminum)

Pasque Flower (pulsatilla vulgaris)


Phacelia Tanacetifolia (Purple Tansey)

Poached Egg (limnanthes douglasii)

Poppy (papaver)

Purple Loosestrife (lythrum salicaria)

Ragged Robin (lychnis flos-cuculi)

Red Clover (trifolium pratense)

Red Valerian (centranthus ruber)

Rock Rose (helianthemum mummularium)

Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis)

Sainfoin (onobrychis vicifolia)

Salvia Waverley greggii

Selfheal (prunella vulgaris)

Small Scabious (scabiosa columbaria)

Spiked Speedwell (veronica spicata)

Sweet Cicely

Sweet William (dianthus barbatus)

Teasel (dipsacus fullonum)

Thyme (thymus)

Tickewwed (coreopsis)

Toadflax (linaria vulgaris)

Valerian (valeriana officinalis)

Viper's Bugloss (echium vulgare)

White Clover

Wild Basil (clinopodium vulgaris)

Wild Clematis (clematis vitalba)

Wild Mignonette (reseda lutea)

Wild Privet (ligustrum vulgare)

Yellow Archangel

Yellow Flag Iris (iris pseudacorus)

Yellow Loosestrife


Last edited: 19 June 2016 22:49:21

Bee & Butterfly Friendly Plants

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 21:29

I was at Dobbies garden centre yesterday and I was amazed at how many bees were on a Budleja Globosa (orange ball tree). Butterflies also love them..

(not my photo)

Last edited: 19 June 2016 21:30:13

Bee & Butterfly Friendly Plants

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 21:19
LesleyK says:

Centaura Montana is a magnet for beesSee original post

 Agreed, mine is covered with bees. So are my geraniums, foxgloves, aliums and scabious.

In fact I was out this morning taking photos of bees in my garden...


Last edited: 19 June 2016 21:24:46

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 20:15

Beaus Mum, what a beautiful garden.

Where do you buy your plants?

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:25

If Talkback has been removed, can Verduns thread be moved to The Potting Shed?


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