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How big do these beauties get?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 18:17

They're OK if you cut off the stamens and thus remove the pollen which is what gets on cat's coats and then is licked off when they wash and poisons them.

I do this with any of my lilies where the cat can brush against them and have never had a problem and I've had lots of cats over 4 decades.  

Lilies grow to different heights depending on variety.  I have some that are about 75cms high and others well over a metre.


Posted: 24/07/2015 at 15:55

Yes.  Best done in autumn as they start to go over and their root scan take advantage of the warm soil to grow over winter or in spring when they're just emerging and bursting with life and energy.

Wet Garden

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 15:18

If you are unwilling or unable to dig the necessary drainage trench from your bog to the ditch, why not convert the central boggy patch to make a feature bog garden?  

Lots of plants will love it - astilbe, salix forms (fancy willows) ligularia, filipendula, gunnera, rheum (ornamental rhubarb), hemerocallis, arums, osmunda ferns, lysimachaia epehemerum, darmera peltata, astilboides, primula candelabra..........

Gardening & what else?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 15:07

I run a garden group which meets once or twice a month from April to October and am president of the local dance club so dancing of some sort most evenings from September to May.

At home I do embroidery or knit simple scarves and cowls while watching TV and on rainy days I sew clothes for me and sometimes OH but not Possum and I paint or otherwise restore old furniture and other stuff found in local brocantes which are a cross between flea markets, car boot sales and antique markets.  

I have 5 recently dipped pine kitchen chairs awaiting my attention come the rainy days of autumn and an oak hall table and a bedroom chair to reupholster and a dozen galvanised pots I've undercoated with red lead but still need to paint and decorate.

In between all that I have my garden full of treasures and crops to look after, weeds to remove, jams and chutneys to make, obelisks and trellis to paint and maintain and the dogs to walk plus a house that needs an occasional clean............. and I do the baking when we organise a special class at the dance club.

When I retire from running the dance club which is voluntary but time consuming, I will add photography and patchwork to my list of activities and maybe find a local wildlife group to join and I'd quite like to have a go at making leaded glass panels.

Planting Ideas Please

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 14:46

One of the sambucus family with golden foliage and white flowers or deep purple with pink flowers.   Very hardy and attractive with or without flowers.  Deciduous.

Eleagnus - evergreen with variegated silvery or golden streaks in the foliage.

Aucuba - evergreen with golden spots in the foliage and red berries.

Cornus alba sibirica - bright red stems in winter, good foliage colour in spring and autumn and flowers in between.   Needs pruning every spring to keep to size and reproduce the fresh red stems.   Elegantissima has mahogany stems and variegated leaves.

Salix - several forms with orange or black stems that need pruning like the cornus.  Good for a moist location.

I wouldn't go for hypericum.  It can be a thug when it starts to spread.  Ceanothus are lovely but are not reliably hardy so that depends on how cold you get.  

Whatever you plant you will need to give them a very good soaking before you go away and keep them watered regularly after planting and until they go dormant in autumn.   Make sure you dunk them in a bucket of water till no more air bubbles appear before you plant them.

Sad day for British Bees

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 16:28

This year my clematis and alliums have been covered with bees and the echinops and hostas are just getting going.  Earlier on the snowdrops, crocuses and other bulbs were busy and then the foxgloves.   The roses I bought last year and this are singles with open blooms that the bees can access and they love them.

what to grow on north facing fence/trellis

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 16:25

Minuet - purple and white bells all summer.  I have one on my north facing wall.   The photo shows it after being hammered by wind and rain.  I've tied it up and wound it in to its trellis again so it's looking perkier now and not so droopy.



Self planted rose?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:50

I have a baby Kiftsgate which the birds have sown for me about 30 metres from its mum.   It has also taken 3 years to flower and identify itself and is now happily clambering up a nearby parrotia and also heading for a nearby hedge.  

It is glorious and perfumed and not an exact copy but I can't see that it's different enough from mum or Wedding Day or the Rambling Rector to be worth propagating and marketing.

Strange plant

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:45

It is a bulb and they do come readily from seed.   You can move it once the foliage dies down or possibly even as soon as the flower finishes but it looks like that will be a while given it's so small and not yet fully developed.

Strange plant

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:27


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