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Orange Flowered Climbers

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 12:23

From the roadside and to someone passing by it looks seriously impressive indeed. I realised it was plastic as soon as I was stood by the side of it at the front door, bear in mind I assumed it was the real thing and I was very disappointed. I didn't bother to knock on the door and left.

Knowing it was plastic from the roadside it looked false and far too good to be true.

I didn't hang around, I didn't look at it in any detail but I assume that it was mounted on the wall in several repeated sections, each section not joined onto but touching the next which gave the impression from a distance of one larger continuous  plant.

Stood by the side of it, it was clearly plastic and you can get some seriously good plastic plants today now even close up you have look real close to tell.

Orange Flowered Climbers

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 12:02

Thank you everybody for your replies, been back for another look.

It looked just as impressive as it was a few weeks back, this time I went over to visit friends in my own vehicle and stopped to have a good look.

Decided to walk up the garden path and have a look / knock on the owners door when I quickly realised the plant was Plastic!!!!!!!!!! 

It is a "Black Eyed Susan Vine" but a plastic one!

 

Sorry to have troubled everybody.

Orange Flowered Climbers

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:21
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

could it be lonicera brownii dropmore scarlet? Wee bit early to flower, but after a mild winter??????

Thank you for the reply and suggestion but no, flowers far too small. The flowers were fairly large in size with a clear black centre to them

Moving an Old Berberis Darwinii

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:03

For all those interested, this berberis at the mo looks very very very dead at the moment, no new growth at all and all leaves have dried right back.

But not giving up yet, i'll wait until mid summer 2015 before I dig it up and plant a replacement.

Orange Flowered Climbers

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 18:56

Hoping someone can help!

I need a climber or two or more!

I have been looking at climbers for the last 18 months or so to cover a falling over cottage, 350mm difference from one side to the next over a distance of 10mtrs!

I'm very much into wildlife and conservation but at the same time need something that's manageable too.

Considering a native ivy as well as Boston Ivy which is actually a vine, thought about a wisteria.

Looked at flame nasturtium "tropaeolum speciosum" as an added extra for colour.

Now on a bus journey some distance from home in the west riding I briefly spotted something amazing growing up a large wall some 7mtrs or so high by 3 to 4mtrs wide with large'ish deep orange flowers on a dark green backdrop of leaves. Wow it looked outstanding.

Having googled orange flowering climbers the closest I came up with was "Black Eyed Susan Vine" (Thunbergia Alata Sunrise Orange) but it's described as an annual that's not all that hardy but the specimen I saw has clearly been there for ever and has I assume survived recent extreme winter temperatures.

What do you think it could be to be in flower so large so early in the year?

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 19:26

I wonder just how many of those people that want this thread to quietly die away and disappear own cats!?

I shall be contacting Jessica 3 this evening

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 23:19

Perhaps cats should wear "Cat Nappies" after all this can't be cruel because we apply Nappies to our own children for the first few years of their lives.

A muzzle should be worn by any animal that can inflict injury or death to any other creature or person including dogs and cats, I'm sure there are other pets and animals too.

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 23:07

Should cats permanently wear Muzzles and a chastity belt that covers and restricts the animals complete rear end!?

When the cat goes home it can then be fed at one end and cleaned up at the other by the owner!

Cats in Gardens

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 21:29

Last winter I had many many birds at the feeders and several mice in the garden as a whole. 30+ house sparrows used to ground feed on seed around the garden and I always had a good few blackbirds dotted about the garden.

This winter, a bird at the feeders is rare and unusual, I have very few blackbirds and no sparrows.

Last winter I spend just short of £80 on feed, this year I have spend less than £20 so far and I'm going to be left much of it the way things are going. I thought at first that the cause was a relatively mild winter and an abundance of natural food.

It wasn't until a week or so ago that I found out why, I now have at least 4 cats visiting the garden on a regular basis.

I've always believed for years though that ALL pets / domestic animals should be mandatorily  licenced, electronically tagged and insured and before anybody can have a domestic animal they should first attend a mandatory college course and obtain a certificate to prove the course was completed which must list the animals and breeds that the bearer is allowed to keep and look after.  The course should establish if the person(s) are fit and able to have an animal, if the property that the person lives at is a suitable property to house an animal.

Animals capable of inflicting injury should be mandatorily muzzled at all times including the home.

Any domestic animal outdoors at any time unattended should be caught, if untagged it should be destroyed, if tagged the owner fined at least £100 plus costs incurred.

Farmers, I believe have a right to shoot dogs harassing livestock, should we have the right to shoot a domestic animal (cats) trespassing and unattended in our gardens causing damage, death to our wildlife and general disruption!?

Moving an Old Berberis Darwinii

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 18:50

 I'd like to see some of those nice big chunky roots showing above the ground a bit.

Just the angle of the final photograph.

The chunky roots are still above ground and the original hole underneath is still there too. The burberis is still supported and will probably remain that way for at least 6 months or even longer. I am expecting the soil level to settle down some and because the burberis is being held firm, it itself wont sink as the soil settles.  The theory being that more of the chunky roots will expose themselves as the next few months progress.

We are expecting a shed load of rain over the weekend! which I think will cause a fair amount of settlement.

Just a theory.

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