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what is this plant called

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:58

Nut, you are a gem and Mud, I too like the look of that plant even if it does look rampant.

White garden

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:55

I have a centaurea with white flowers and purple centers as well as that pink form and a deep purple one.   Gorgeous plants.

There's also a white form of lychnis coronaria with silver foliage that should suit.


Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:53

I used to belong to the Ozzie toddlers' group here - by invitation - and ended up running it.  Visited Oz in 2000 to see friends who'd gone home - one family in Manley Heights and another in Canberra.   OH visited for 5 weeks and I stayed on an extra 3 weeks with Possum so we could help the latter friend move house - pregnant, working, separated from OH and with one son already who was Possum's best friend till he left.  

We started at Magnetic Island to get over jet lag and see the reef then Uluru, Alice Springs, Adelaide (via Ghan train), Sydney and Canberra.   Lots of visits at each place and in between.   Very hot in January and strange to have Xmas lights in hot weather.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:26

Was Boris ever normal?  Good for a laugh but not normal and not too sensible either.   Definitely a "me" politician.


Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:17

We had -32C here on the 6th of Jan 2009.   Killed off all my evergreen viburnums, an eleagnus, a choisya, several dwarf conifers, lots of clems including all the alpinas, montanas and macropetalas, New Dawn and Guninées rose and cut my whopping great Kiftsgate back to one surviving stem about 6' high.   

We've had the more usual -20Cs since then and the last two winters have hardly had any frost worth mentioning so Kiftsgate has finally recovered and is covering the front, south facing wall of the house beautifully again.  It's been so cool  and wet for a month or more that it's only just opening its flowers now - about 3 weeks later than usual.

The hottest I have ever been was 42C in the shade at Uluru but that's dry heat and do-able.   I'm not good in sticky heat.

Diamond Back Moth

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 10:05

I'm in Belgium and have neither heard of nor seen these moths here - yet!  I have enough bother with slugs and cabbage whites without wishing for more pests.   

If they come I'll happily squish and drown and sacrifice the brassicas.  Don't want to use chemicals as there are so many birds in my garden feeding their young on juicy pests like caterpillars and aphids.

White garden

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 09:58

I would go for a white flowered cistus - evergreen foliage with a sliver/grey back and lovely white flowers with deep purple spots - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=432

What is your weather like?

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 09:55

Serious downpour this morning and looks like more to come for at least a day or so.

All very well but that means I'm on h*******k duty as I can't do anything outside.

Rambling Roses

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 23:32

David Austin have one called Lady of the Lake - repeat flowering, perfumed, disease resistant and pink with an open centre so good for pollinators. Gets to about 15' which is ideal for training along horizontal wires stretched between wires attached to your fence posts or a trellis.   

I haven't grown one myself but it's on my list for a new rose feature I'm planning.

Moth Alert - watch your cabbages

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 16:12

I live in Belgium and eat loads of organic broccoli, cabbage and cauli grown in Belgium mostly as well as growing my own and PSB.

Never heard of these moths devastating crops or had any in my garden.    

Big brassica growers and eaters on the continent, not to mention all that sugar beet, so I assume the locals know what to do about them and, if not, you'll need EU scientists working together to find a solution if they do invade and are indeed resistant to most pesticides.

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