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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 

What to do with a blackcurrant glut?

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 22:12

It's 23 years we've been here now so lots of stuff to sort through and de-clutter.   This morning we spent an hour or so in the attic sorting out curtains and stuff.  This afternoon we've been sorting in the barn.   Good mucky, sweaty stuff.   

Some watering and dead-heading too so a bit of gardening.


Posted: 19/07/2016 at 21:29

Hope everything works out well for you RB and you can come back soon.

Steaming hot here all day but we've been busy all day, signing, shopping, banking, sorting, cleaning, dead heading and watering and cooking dinner.

Flopalot now it's cooler.

Hope everyone's coping OK with the heat.   It's so much better than all that rain in June and earlier this month.

Plant Labels

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 16:04

One of my gardening friends who has horticultural training has taken to cutting up old roofing slates for labelling plants in the garden as they are discreet.  She then writes on them in white or green.  I'll ask her what she uses next time I see her.

For seed trays and babies she and I both just use plastic labels with a 2B crayon or indelible marker depending on whether it's one we sow every year or not.  I also use cheap plastic labels for plants I raise and donate to the annual charity sale.

I like the idea of copper labels for the garden though and the slate too.  Now to find a steam rally and a slate cutter!

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