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Frostbitten Pieris

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 19:12

Thank you, I shall leave well alone.

Frostbitten Pieris

Posted: 01/05/2017 at 10:07

We had a really hard frost last week and my Pieris has suffered badly. All the pink new growth has gone brown and it looks terrible. Should I pinch off the dead leaves? Will that affect any further new growth?

A quick visit to Kew

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 18:14

I used to work in the Herbarium, many years ago.

Plants for a waterlogged garden?

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 10:56

I live in a very wet area and have discovered the hard way that there are plants which just don't do. But happily there are plants which love it and do really well.

Ones I have had success with: hardy geraniums, astilbes, ferns of all shapes and sizes, sedums big and small, euphorbias, iris. My favourites are the astilbes, they are no bother, have lovely leaves and flowers, and the flower spikes are an interesting shape even when they have gone over. Also the slugs will not eat them!

what's still flowering in your garden?

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 17:49

In spring I sowed some seeds into an old bath tub. I chose hot colours and hoped for a wonderful display. Marigolds, nasturtiums  and tagetes. I was a bit worried about the tagetes as after I'd sown them i read the instructions (yes, I know...) and they said I should have done them into a seed tray and planted them out once they'd got to a decent size. Ho hum.

The tagetes did really well and flowered for most of the summer. So much for the instructions. Only two nasturtiums came up and they flowered for about a week. All the marigolds grew but did they flower? Did they heck! All summer I kept looking, and hoping. When October came and went I rather gave up hope but what do you know, they have finally begun to flower. I have told them they are a bit foolish as it is November and quite cold but they carry on, and I'm enjoying their bold colour.


Twisted Yellow Thing

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 09:49

I google Imaged waterbutts' links and it looks most like this one: Clavulinopsis helvola

But Dove - what a beautiful picture, it looks like some kind of alien insect!

Thanks all for the suggestions.

Twisted Yellow Thing

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 20:26

First I will apologise for not taking a pic of this but things at home have been a bit topsy turvy as we had to get the vet out this afternoon, and I got a bit behindhand.

To get on with this, I was cutting the grass out front today and noticed a lot of yellow things growing in amongst the grass. Most are very small still but one or two were bigger. The biggest one was about 2 inches long and curled like a corkscrew. They are all bright yellow, and very firmly 'rooted' to the ground. There are no leaves, it's a single column of growth but I have never seen anything like it before.

What could it be? I have had a look in my 'mushroom & toadstool' book but can't find it. 

Which clematis is this?

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 11:15

Thank you so much - I think it could be Summer Snow. But I'm not sure I should be thanking you all for the link to Taylor's - far too many temptations there for me ha!

Which clematis is this?

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 19:50

This lovely clematis is growing on someone's garden wall in the village which I pass through nearly every day. I did knock on the door once but their neighbour said they were out, and she didn't know what its name is. I don't want to keep knocking in case they think I am stalking them! So I have taken a photo and hope that someone here will know which variety it is.


The flowers are not big, maybe an inch and a half across. Thanks for looking.


Posted: 07/08/2013 at 12:05

If you are new to gardening can I recommend a book I found very helpful (and I still refer to it now years later). It's by Geoff Hamilton and is called 'Old garden, new gardener'. 

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