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30 Jun 2017 16:51
Thank you - yes, the bees do seem to love them!
30 Jun 2017 08:37
I love my lambs ears, which I planted from an offset given to me a couple of years ago. However, this time of year the flowers start to fade and they are looking very straggly and a lot of the leaves were mouldy after the recent rain. I thought it would be a good idea to cut them back, but now they look even worse! Does anyone know how to keep lambs ears tidy, and whether you should cut them back after flowering? Thank you.
22 Jun 2017 07:53
Thank you - yes, it could be!
21 Jun 2017 07:31
Hi - does anyone recognise this flowering shrub please? Thank you!
05 Jun 2017 12:02
Thanks for the ideas - I'm not sure about cephalaria though. I've found this picture of its leaves, and they are not quite the same:
05 Jun 2017 08:46
On the RHS Chelsea Flower Show tv show, there was an interview with an acer expert, who said that acers need lots and lots of water, so maybe the dry spring is the reason. Lots of water might be the answer.
05 Jun 2017 08:43
Hi - I posted this on another thread, and some kindly members tried to help but the photos were not clear enough and showing the size of the plant. I can't seem to post additional photos on the existing thread so having to post on a new one. does anyone know what this plant is please? Thank you!
25 May 2017 19:40
Thank you all! Yes, I think it's the Sambucus nigra ''variegata' - I thought it was an elder but I didn't realise they came with variegated leaves. (I've seen black, gold...). Really lovely plant at Michelham Priory Gardens in Sussex.
25 May 2017 14:45
Hi - does anyone recognise this pretty, variegated shrub please? About 2m tall. It looks a bit like an elder. It's just finished flowering, but I found one spray still in flower for the photo. Thank you very much!
23 May 2017 08:24
I will go and have another look at it! (It's not in my garden). I wonder if it could be a self-seeded native?
22 May 2017 17:04
Thanks - and sorry. I'll try and take a better picture. I don't think it is a hellebore as it is too tall.
22 May 2017 08:07
Good morning! Does anyone recognise this plant please? Thank you!
18 May 2017 08:49
Thank you - great ideas!
17 May 2017 20:55
Thank you - good ideas. I want to chuck some seeds around in the autumn (but I'll need to recognise the seedlings)
17 May 2017 18:06
I've already got forget-me-nots, poppies and love-in-a-mist but has anyone got any other favourite hardy annuals that can be sown in autumn to self seed that you can recommend? (I've also got foxgloves and aquilegia although they are not annuals)
15 May 2017 14:24
I wondered if it was broughton star, but the Monk's House one looks darker.
15 May 2017 10:30
Does anyone recognise this clematis please? It was growing at Monk's House (National Trust). I love the colour and would like to get one! (Otherwise I'll have to go back when the gardener is there). Thank you.
15 May 2017 10:28
Hi - I've been thinking about this too. I think that mulching well and using ground cover plants does help, I'm not sure about the evidence but I think my ground cover hardy geraniums (for example) shade the roots of the other plants and slows down evaporation. I installed a soaker hose and irrigation hose which, although it does use water, is perhaps more targeted. I'd be interested to hear what other people say - because of the way our house is built I am limited to 2 water butts, which isn't enough.
15 May 2017 10:08
Hmmm - plenty to think about! Thank you!
13 May 2017 18:27
I garden for an elderly couple and there's always loads of weeds coming through their path and drive. I don't have time to hand weed them and I don't use weedkillers on principle. I remember hearing something about studies using soap? Baking soda? Does anyone know of methods to remove weeds from paths without weedkillers or flamethrowers? (I've read about using salt, but that sounds like it would wash into the borders and kill everything else!). Thank you!