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Climbing rose

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 17:58

When I have planted new climbers, I let them grow as they like for at least one year. This way you get some structure to work on. I think this helps when deciding the overall shape / place you want. the rose to climb.

Plant Identification Please

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 17:49

Earlier this year, when I was planting summer bedding flowers, I found some old bulbs in a box in the garage.   I had no idea what they were, or if they would grow - but decided to plant them in  tubs with the dianthus and geraniums.. 

To my delight they came up - the flower spikes got taller & taller,  and one of them has now got flowers. They are very pretty - sort of snowdrop shape but is not as tall but has the same shape buds on the top.

Can anyone tell me what these plants are called, also whether they will die down and grow again next year, or should I take the bulbs out and put them away for the winter.



 Your help would be appreciated

Fences Legal High

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 23:17

This post has got me worried, as I am growing Wisteria, Chilean Poato trees, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Firethorn, Passion Flowers and Ivy around my garden -against  3 boundary fences (not erected by us). On the other side, I have painted the panels with preserver (again this fence is not ours.  My other half assures me we have no boundary fence responsibility.

We get on well with the people on the painted fence side, in fact we were chatting while I did it. 

We do not have much to do with the people who own the other 3 fences, except to nod & say Hi occasionally, although they did ask me for cuttings when I was pruning the Chilean Potato Tree. last year.

Could I take the fact of 1) no complaint made about the painting and  2)  request was made for cuttings,  as  agreement / permission for me to paint & plant.


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 21:03

Thanks a lot for replies - It really is a pretty bird at this stage and not skittish at all.

I think I had better brush up on flys bees and wasp recognition - nice to know hoverfly don't sting.


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 19:38

I was out in the garden pruning shrubs, when I looked up and saw what I think is a young starling.  It did not seem bothered by me or the neighbour working next door.

I went in for my camera, hoping it would be there when I got back  luckily it was:-

It stayed in the garden for ages, wandering around the lawn, then on the bird table, until it went back to the same bush.  No other starlings were around.

ALso got a pic of this:

 Is it a bee or a wasp ?




Posted: 24/08/2013 at 19:02

Little spongy balls are good - the tiny ones in different colours.  Also, in the past I have used Red Nose Day noses with pirate faces on. 

Other dangers in the garden are toxiciity of many plants - I was surprised when I looked at a toxic plant list, after I had a serious reaction to a Nicotina plant.

Not all plant sellers label correctly - so now I check the list and never garden without gloves.


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 19:12

Have just  finally found it on an American Homes & Gardens site they say it is :-

'Peaches 'n Dreams' hollyhock Alcea rosea 'Peaches 'n Dreams' has ruffled, double peachy-pink blooms with overtones of raspberry and apricot. It grows 4-6 feet tall. Zones 3-8 The website link is

They got the height wrong - mine are at 9ft...!!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/08/2013 at 18:50

My stars are the Holyhocks, which I have never grown before.

Was a bit surprised when the flowers came out, as they do not look like the Holyhocks I have seen before..




The lable just said Holyhocks - Anyone know what sort ?


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 18:32

Hi There, I am not sure if anything is wrong, but I always lose some lower leaves on my passion flowers every year. Like yours they turn yellow and drop off, but top growth, flowers and fruit remain ok.



Would be intrested to know if others have found out what causes it and whether the plant is slowly being damaged, is under stress / needs something.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 17:55

Hi Sean - I hope I see more froggies hopping about like you did.

Haisie - Errrrr..    a sir stone is a mispelled Air Stone - typing skills not good and must get new glasses.

Thanks for mention of the Save the Frogs site, I will have a look at that.

The tub is a plastic storage tub from the Range. It cost about £3.  It is an experiment - ie  will it last the winter.   Plastic trays on the lawn for bird food and water don't crack in the winter, so maybe my little pool will survive.  If not, I will have to get something more frost proof  next year.




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