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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 19:47

HI All, some wonderful colours that warm the heart.  I have added a couple of pics of a miscanthus that has some really good colour this year.  Perhaps it's a result from the drier weather we have had?

I think it's some sort of geranium

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 06:28


I wondered if it might be a variety of Anthemis or Artemisia?  The ferny leaves look similar.

Which Viburnam is this

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 17:18


I think this one is Viburnum Carlcephalum.  I have one myself, it has waxy flowers- buds tinged with pale pink - around May time and the most wonderful perfume.  Planted close to my patio, it gives a wonderful fragrance to those moments of relaxation.  Enjoy.  Best wishes Marilyn

Plant id please

Posted: 17/06/2016 at 08:56


I am wondering if it is an over enthusiastic Sweet William?

How can I stop slugs and snails eating my Hosta?

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 21:01


My Hostas are also in pots.  I don't give them any feed until they have finished flowering, I understand this helps.  I have a few holes in one of them but this is minimal.  The ones in the garden don't seem to get attacked.  I have never really worked out why.  They are densely planted with other plants heavy clay soil that doesn't get fed.  They still grow.


Warm Autumn

Posted: 12/11/2015 at 17:34

Just noticed one of my new Dianthus in full pink flower.  It's in a planted up old 1940s galvanised two handled bath, with some Salvia Christine Yeo.  The plants looked better in the bath than I would this time of year!

Lots of huddling Ladybirds indoors, but not so many spiders - YET.

Grassed area quite wet & soggy, many worm casts can be hazzardously slippery.

Early flowering Camelia with small deep pink flowers should be out soon.

Happy gardening all

New Garden, New to Gardening - help!

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 08:05

A couple of years ago we visited a group of open gardens and one had very similar dimensions to your.  Nearest the entrance to the garden a path started and wound its' way from one side to the other of the garden to end in a sitting area completely secluded and painted shed draped with climbers.  The planting was a mix of tall & small shrubs, that generally hid the fencing.  The shrubs were kept tidy in their spaces by careful pruning, some shrubs having no lower branches to create space for other plants.  The scheme was held together by plants dotted along the path of two colour,s silver and blue.  The garden even had a small sunken area and there was also bamboo among the planting!  We have been to many gardens but this one always comes to mind as one where the owner triumphed over a fairly difficult space.

The Euonymus in the bottom picture is a plant I value in my garden.  I have it climbing up a wall and also up chunky trellis.  It can be clipped hard, gives colour all year round and has fluffy cream flowers when established.  I think the next picture up might be a Magnolia? and the next picture up possibly from the Privet family - if it is it is a good one to clip, I have a golden type clipped into a 'tube', but need to cut out where it tries to revert to green leaves.

Thinking about the light in your garden you might be able to colour the fencing with one of the lighter coloured paints available to reflect light back into the garden?  And your idea of raised beds is a good one, easier to weed, we have made ours out of decking boards lined around the depth with used compost bags - dark side out, cut & stapled to the inside of the decking boards and the filled.  Works a treat, and is strong enough to contain the soil. I agree I would put the raised beds where they can get as much open light as possible to ensure maximum growth and, if you grow fruit/tomatoes, maximum ripening.


Good luck


Best wishes



Rain damaged campanula

Posted: 06/07/2015 at 19:54

I agree, there is nothing to lose by cutting them down.  It will re-invigorate them, and as Lyn says, may well give you some more flowers.


Good Luck.

identification please

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:50


I am just wondering if it might be an Echium Pininana?  The leaves look similar, and the plant looks quite vigorous.  Just a thought.




Posted: 20/03/2015 at 06:25


I usually use a mix of compost, vermiculite & horticultural grit, Cornish grit if I can get it.

The link above is really helpful = thanks nutcutlet.

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