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A couple of rose questions

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 14:52

When I was a trainee doctor, many light years ago, and I used to say to my boss, I think I am getting there, he would reply, " and when you do you will walk straight past it, without you actually noticing"


Posted: 11/06/2014 at 14:44

Oooh, strawberries and cream, yes please. They would go nicely with a Pimms.

One lawn mowed, thats another hour of my life gone. I really dont enjoy lawn mowing, so the other lawn will have to wait.

Also put on some Verdun! dont normally treat lawn weeds, they usually look better than the lawn, but the creeping buttercups have really taken hold.

Leonotis nepetifolia

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 14:31

Leonitis is not related to Nepeta, it is actually from the mint family.

It is a very tall, half hardy annual, that originates from S. Africa. They need warmth and lots of water. When I tried them from seed they never got taller than 1 foot.

Good luck.

A couple of rose questions

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 11:32

OL., is it possible that the second rose is a climber. If it is then the branches need to be trained, or you will only get flowers at the stem tip.

Members' Public Profiles

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 10:45

I am lucky to have a large garden, with stream and natural pond, plus an orchard / meadow [ wild and unkempt, at least one of those terms also applying to me ] There is also a wooded area under 3 mature Beech trees and this is my current project.

I try out many different styles of gardening in the different habitats within the garden, but at the end of the day I just love growing plants, particularly from seed, cutting or division.

I took early retirement due to ill health from my job as a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine.

My other loves are: good food and wine, THFC, wildlife, particularly birds and music, particularly live music.

I am argumentative, short tempered and sarcastic, and those are my good points. 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 10:34

Hi Wintersong. te black one is Iris chrystographes. It needs vey moist conditions. Here it is growing in the bog garden.

The second one is one of the Dutch hybrids, not named that i am aware of.

Lovely gardens everyone.

Nicandra physalodes (Shoofly or Apple of Peru)

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:33

I know that there is a variegated leaved type, as i have seen the seeds for sale.


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:23

Busy on here tonight. If i say so myself, that was a rather nice dinner. Chicken with braised lettuce, peas and pancetta. Maybe it was just the rather nice Kiwi Pinot Noir, that made it taste good.

Sadly not able to come to Barnsdale Fidget.


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 18:22

Thats a good question Fg., being a nicked seed I did not have a name. I will post a picture once it is open, but it has small flowers which makes me suspect it is related to the Indian varieties, which I think were the first introduced to this country.

As always KEF i shall take your advice, then blame you if I am not sober.


Posted: 10/06/2014 at 17:35

Raining now, but it has been a lovely day, hot hot hot.

Now have nearly all my tender plants outside, except for a few Dahlias which are rather short, My seed raised Bishops Children are about to flower, not bad as sown in February. I wonder what colours they will be?

Morning Glories are in large pots, I find they get savaged by the molluscs if I put them in the ground.

I also have a Canna about to flower, it is grown from seed I nicked from a plant in a garden in Devon and it always seems to flower well before all the others.

Managed to resist a beer at lunch, but enjoyed the cake Dove.

Off to cook tea and will open some vino when OH gets home.

Have a good evening everyone.

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