Latest posts by lilysilly

What type of Penstemon is this?

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 22:02

Looks like Electric Blue to me, lovely colour .

David Austin roses

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 20:47

I've got Gertrude Jekyll too what a powerful perfume it has. I've trained longer stems horizontally along a fence. Claire Austin, lovely myrrh scent , Abraham Darby, an amazingly scented peachy rose, strong grower too, Graham Thomas, not a strong scent but a nice shape flower, Munstead Wood, one of my favourites, I've got two Lady Emma Hamilton's in my front garden, they're pretty special , a climbing Spirit of Freedom, The Generous Gardener, a new one this mother's day just about to bloom. I think that's all my DAs. Then I've got two striped roses, Rosa Mundi, only flowers once but beautiful and Ferdinand Pichard, it does repeat flower. Then I've got Valentine Heart, another favourite bought for a quid yonks ago, climbing Compassion, strong scent ed, Tickled Pink and finally DA Susan William Ellis in a large pot. Phew ..I bet you wish you'd never asked. I saw Bridge of Sighs on another thread and thought how stunning it was. Boscoble is a good colour I've seen it in bloom. I nearly bought Crown Princess Margarita but it grows too tall and wide for where I wanted to grow it , gorgeous colour isn't it?

David Austin roses

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 17:32

Ftg would it be at all possible for you to plant your Spirit of Freedom rose in the ground. Mine is a climber too and it sends out long, leafy stems that are heavy when in full flower. I would worry yours would not get enough nutrients and water in a pot as mine is a strong grower and could possibly grow over 8ft in height. I've got a David Austin rose recommended for a pot, growing in a large pot and its a faff keeping it moist, top dressed and mulched. I wish I could find a space for it in my borders. Also my friend had a rose in a pot for a few years and it rooted through the drainage holes deep into the ground. She only discovered this when her planter was damaged and she wanted to replace it.                 

Lou, I'm being nosy, what new David Austin roses have you got? 😀

David Austin roses

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 11:17

Lou it smells lush, a bit fruity. 

David Austin roses

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 11:09

Here's mine, first bud fully opened yesterday. This is its third summer, and I'm in warmer Devon though today it's very chilly.

Insect bites

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 18:13


   Hehe well spotted , how about £1.99 much better value 😀

Insect bites

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 19:41

Lantana, me and my daughter both suffer with very sensitive skin and habitually use unscented , simple shower gels and moisturizers. In my daughter's case also a lotion from her GP. We are able to use the Skin so Soft dry oil body spray as an insect / mossy deterrent providing we have used our usual lotion underneath. You need to buy the ORIGINAL , greenish labelled one as this is the fragrance that deters insects. For us it works, for me out gardening ,for her hiking on Dartmoor , the Brecon Beacons not one bite. It's even on offer at the moment for £199. I've even sprayed it on my hair as an extra defence , smells lovely .

pet companions

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 22:18

 This was our Barney Beau. He became ill just after Christmas last year and despite all efforts by the vet he couldn't be saved and we had no choice but to put him to sleep. He fell asleep in mine and my husband's arms. He would have been 8 years old days later. He was the best dog I've ever known, gentle, comical, vocal, playful, too clever by far . He gave so much love and devotion to us and the kids , we all miss him so much. Barney was a sock thief, preferably dirty, fresh off the kids floors. He'd put them in his bed under his pillow. My kids started the odd socks is trendy fad years ago. Sorry it started all a bit sad, but I've only recently been able to look at photos of him without getting upset, but I wanted to honour him by putting him on this thread.

My flowers ..

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 11:26

More blooms love the centre of this rose. My new hardy geranium Azure Rush.  Allium Christofii . Unknown astrantia maybe Roma. First phyladelphus, silver showers, smells like strawberries. Purple verbena. Love this petunia. Geranium Rosemoor.

My flowers ..

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 11:14

Some roses from my garden, Graham Thomas. Claire Austin.  Abraham Darby.  Gertrude Jekyll. Susan William Ellis, small but what a scent! Special Anniversary, another with a knockout scent. Tickled Pink. Special Anniversary and pink astrantias.

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