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Tulip Fest 😍🌷

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 21:54

Thanks Runnybeak, the beautiful view is one of the reasons we bought this house.

Those tulips are very striking Papa Jo - does anybody know what they are called?


ID Please

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 21:49

The Russian Sage I have is definitely not Perovskia,  it's something like salvia fassali?  The seeds were actually collected in Siberia by the previous Curator of Bristol Uni Botanic Garden, who bought some plants for sale  at a talk he gave at our local gardening club.

It's totally hardy, big blue flower spikes and looks like it might be a giant of a plant, I've had it for about two years now and the hairy leaves are big - if I can find a photo, I'll post it later.


ID Please

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 22:28

Many thanks for that Fidgetbones and Nutcutlet - I did wonder about Phlomis but couldn't get a close enough picture online of the leaves to be sure.  Didn't know it was known as Turkish sage - come to think of it, I have a lovely big blue Russian sage with similar leaves, so should have twigged.

ID Please

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 21:58

Can anyone identify this plant for me please? I bought it at a local NGS garden last Sunday (Should have known better!).

Garden owner said she called it "Turks Head" and that it had a yellow flower and grew in a 2-3ft clump. I've looked through all my books and on line and just can't see what it might be.


Tulip Fest 😍🌷

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 21:53

These Pink Fancy Frills tulip are really eye-catching, although I'd forgotten about the orange/purple ones I planted last year! 

II'm not so keen on the Black Parrot ones.

Cheap gloves

Posted: 22/06/2016 at 21:36

I think Showa gloves are the best around. Possibly not the cheapest at around £6-7 but they last me about 6 months or so - and I do a lot of gardening. I like that they are a snug fit in the Small size and they also do a thermal pair for winter which are just great.

Hilliers sometimes reduce the price so I buy a couple of pairs when I see them.

Witch hazel is it meant to look like this??

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 22:10

I understand that witchhazel droops its leaves vertically when it is short of water (which is what mine does very often) so I would give it a good canful of water and monitor it for a day or two and see if it picks up. If the leaves then hang horizontally you will know it was a water shortage. If it's sandy soil, that means it drains very quickly so I would add some leaf mould or some ericaceous compost around it unless you've already got acid soil.

New look forum

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 21:13

I'm glad it's not just me. Just logged on and wondered what on earth had happened and if I'd hit the wrong button by mistake.

It's AWFUL!!!

extra deep pots

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 21:08

Hi Tom,

You could also try some Lily Regale which need deep pots, yours sound like lily pots to me which are usually tall and tapered. 

Hopefully you can still get some potted up Lilies from the GC.

Copper tape

Posted: 30/04/2016 at 21:01

Hi aym280,  I too grow delphiniums and have found that sharp grit helps to keep slugs and snails off better than anything else - and works in the rain as well.

I am though trying the liquid slug killer recommended by a friend to kill the ones in the soil, will wait and see what happens.

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