Latest posts by lilysilly

Plant orders for 2017

Posted: 19/03/2017 at 08:33

I love this thread! I'm a nosy so and so when it comes to see what you've all been buying. So many of your purchases I've not heard of before and have to look up. 

My new peonies, Coral Charm, from Sarah Raven are potted up outside growing well. I hope l get a flower this year. 

I popped to the GC and bought some dahlia Totally Tangerine to grow on for the front garden. I thought they'd go well with my Lady Emma Hamilton roses out there. I also picked up a dahlia Blue Bayou to add to the back garden, such an unusual colour , flower form. I'm not sure how bee friendly they are, but they have lots of different flowers l grow for them, l thought I'd grow something just for me.😀

New plants....Who wants them?

Posted: 18/03/2017 at 10:43

I have a bit of a obsession with agapanthus, after first seeing them on honeymoon down in Cornwall many years ago. I have many deep blue , purple/black, bright blue and white varieties but as yet no lilac blooms. So I'm after agapanthus Lilac Haze. I've seen it online being recommended by a leading agapanthus breeder and it looks a beauty, with lovely large flower heads. 

I've also fallen under the spell of clematis Flora Pleno Maryrose that l saw a wonderful specimen of at a local NGS open garden last summer. So I'm after one of those too. 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 16:08

Hosta, thanks for sharing l had a well needed giggle reading those reviews. I sent it to my daughter to read, it's now being passed around her university friends with much hilarity.😀

Advice on plants underneath roses

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 12:32

Any excuse for a mooch around there really.

Advice on plants underneath roses

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 12:29

Oh thanks, that'll be my plan b. I've got a credit note to spend at my local GC. They offer a 2 year guarantee also so my fingers are crossed they stock it. 

Advice on plants underneath roses

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 12:08

Oh I'm glad to hear it's not very prickly, l was thinking of it by my front door. I've got a couple of peonies in my front garden border, one is the same shade as SDJ so that would look good, for a few weeks at least. The rest of the front is planted with rich oranges and blues, some purple too. There's a couple of Lady Emma Hamilton roses as well. I can see it fitting in well. I hope they sell it now, l really want one. Cheers Pete.

Advice on plants underneath roses

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 11:54

Pete I've just looked up the Souvenir du Docteur Jamain rose it is a beauty and it said it would do well in a north facing aspect. I think I'm going to see if my wonderful local garden centre has one.

Advice on plants underneath roses

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 11:34

That's a new name to me Pete, sounds lovely. I've got Gertrude Jekyll already. That was the first DA rose l ever bought. It does have a deep beautiful scent. l do have a few roses that fully open . I have a pale pink rose called Valentine Heart that bees and hover flies are drawn to. The bees sort of buzz in a circuit in the centre of its flowers, it's funny to see and hear them, they fly off covered in pollen. They do the same in my oriental poppies too, used to fascinate the dog when he was watching transfixed.

Advice on plants underneath roses

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 10:58

Thanks Pete, l might wait until l see one in full bloom before l rule Falstaff out completely, or search for an alternative, that colour flower isn't very available though l think. I did buy a DA Jude the Obscure rose on her passionate recommendation. I've seen one in flower at a NGS open garden and liked it's flower form and lovely scent. 

Verdun most of my roses l grow closer to the back of the border with clematis. I find it no problem to feed, mulch and water them well, and dead head with the aid of a few bits of small paving slab used as stepping stones in the border. I admit they are thorny, l once had to be rescued after getting my pony tail properly stuck, and not pretty in winter when they are just brown sticks. But to see my roses full of buds ready to bloom, and then the pleasure of the first bloom and the first sniff of their perfume is worth it to me. 

Advice on plants underneath roses

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 10:13

Pete does your Falstaff flower all summer until late Autumn, or does it only have 1 or 2 flushes each season? I was going to buy a climbing one a couple of weeks ago, but got chatting to another customer who said her Falstaff was all done flowering too early in the season for her liking. Her growing conditions are the same as mine so l didn't buy one. I do love the colour and the flower form of Falstaff, so would love to know your experience of it please.

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