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Another ID please

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 12:38

Thanks Nut.   Would you like me to try and get some seed if it's done in time?  leaving it behind at the end of September but my friend assures me she can give me another baby to take with me which implies it comes true.

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Maltese Cross

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 12:33

I bought mine in 10cm pots a couple of years ago and they were much admired last June when in full flower so I cut them half back in August so I could collect the seeds to share with friends who had admired it and by early October there were new flowers showing.  

I sowed some seed fresh and had very high germiation rates so lots of new babies for my borders and for friends and they should flower later this summer.

Brilliant plant and very easy to grow and care for.  I have very fertile alkaline loam soil and mine are in a mixed perennial bed that gets no sun till late March.   I cut down their spent growth in late autumn and add some home grown garden compost if I have some spare.  Chicken pellets in spring.  

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 12:25

Yes it is but it was his prerogative to delete his account and thus all his posts.

Love your sweet peas and other cut flowers.  I've never done them much here except for sweet peas a few years ago before all the clems took over - too often found the cats thought cut flowers and vases were for entertainment.  Different now we have dogs and just the one cat.

Another ID please

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 10:35

Can anyone tell me what this is?   Palmate leaves and white flowers just opening with a bit of green at the base of each petal.   Currently about 4' high but does get taller according to the friend who gave it to me.   She's lost the label unfortunately.

Wisteria White Silk, guidance please

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 09:09

Sometimes plants just need to be left to grow.  The art of gardening is to have the patience to wait for that to happen but also to know when to intervene and give support or guidance or referee so that a preferred treasure has the space and light it needs.

Enjoy the process.  The thing is that you will never know it all, no matter how many years you garden.  There's always some new plant or new combination or new technique to learn and so much to enjoy and share along the way.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 09:02

Good idea as you need to keep picking the flowers so they don't waste energy on seed production and stop flowering.

Lovely colours in all the pics.  I like the deep purples and the reds.  Looking forward to growing some next year as I will have some space for once.


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 08:48

Indeed Clari.  Some of the Oz mums descended for 3 month or more for the birth of their grandchildren and then wouldn't drive on the wrong side so needed running after between nappy changes and stuff.

Sorry your cold is lingering but I actually think the bug going round at the mo is one of the worst.  Took nearly 2 weeks for my recent cold to shift.   Hope it clears up soon.

Seems we might get some stormy activity but not much rain later on.  Set to stay dry and cooler tomorrow which is good for all the Belgian National Day parades and malarky.

Sambucus black lace/elderflower

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 08:18

My sambucus black lace has a lurgy so needs a major haircut to see if it will revive.

Elderflower cordial is delicious and I should have though the pink flowers would give a lovely colour.  

I've used the berries - picked wild - to make jelly and that's delicious too and full of vitamins for winter.


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 08:14

Hot last night but not too humid so slept OK if not as long as I'd have liked.    Lovely day so far with clear blue skies.   I'm on dining chair sanding and painting for Possum's apartment.   That'll be fun in this weather but at least I can sand them outside before it gets too hot.

Our house buyers came round last night to measure up for electric powered security shutters for the house and bars for the barn doors.   Have told them we've never had a problem but they feel the need and they're for the north side so will be an added layer of insulation I suppose.   He's promised to keep on feeding the birds for me as they are buying it for the rural surroundings and space.

His FIL came too as he's doing the work - retired electrician - and approves of our fuse boxes and tells me he has a holiday home at the beach town nearest our new house so we must meet up at his pal's seafood restaurant.  Yeah!

Being on our own here when I had Possum there was no help at all from parents and my mum had estranged herself anyway.   However we had a network of English speaking mums and babies and toddlers that et once a week in each others' homes for play and chat and that was a lifeline.  We organised all sorts of excursions to play parks and so on in the summers.   Still in touch with two lots gone home to Oz and one lot gone to France.

Looking forward to pics of Wightwick gardens.  I love Arts and Crafts gardens and how lovely that they allow dogs.  None of the RHS gardens do which is a shame for those of us responsible enough to keep them on a lead and pick up poos.

Have a good day, whatever you're up to. 

Wisteria White Silk, guidance please

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 07:54

While it is still small I'm not sure I would bother pruning it.  Better to let it grow a bit and send out some long stems that you can train along the supports and just cut off any stems determined to grow in the wrong direction..

In future years, you cut back in July the log whippy stems that start growing in spring.   Then, in Jan or Feb, depending on frosts, cut back again to a couple of buds so the plant reacts by producing the flowers you want.

The RHS site has helpful advice on wisteria care - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242 

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