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Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 15:54

....do we love this version Busy-Lizzie...?

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/mr-darcy-statue-built-serpentine-115145968.html#XydHHkc

Angelica gigas

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 14:43

nutcutlet... how nice to see you around again,... I feared you might have fallen into a Fenland swamp...

...sorry to hear of your problems with ISP's..one of the reasons I'm so reluctant to change, even though I know I should...

..cannot answer your question, so 'ttt'....[to the top]... in the hope someone else might..

Hallo.

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 14:38

...I think the best poppies are those I see in meadows and fields.. when in Sussex there were acres of them on the south downs and nearby... I used to love walking around there just to see them in late June...however, that's a lovely shot too..

Thalictrums... don't see these everywhere... I tried to get to like them once and failed... the late Christopher Lloyd in one of his books I have.. describes Hewitt's Double as neat, with small fluffy double flowers... he seemed to like them well enough..

...there is also a photo in this book 'Garden Flowers'.. of an Agastache 'Firebird' which to me looks fiery orange but he describes as 'salmon'... and as tender perennials...I think I wouldn't mind that one but there are so many choices these days... and despite all the wonderful flower combinations we see in these books, I sometimes think that I shouldn't recommend a particular plant as it's such a personal choice.. rather like advising another lady which dress to buy in Marks's... so we have to make our own way with this and team things up as we see fit.. and learn and experiment from that...I hope you agree...

...my favourite photo in his book is after page 32, plate 4, with the Phormium 'Sundowner' in centre shot.. this scene is packed full of wonderful colours and foliage, there's even a small Eucalyptus getting in on the act... sometimes I think I couldn't ever garden like that... my imagination doesn't stretch that far...or perhaps it would, if there was the space... it always comes down to land for me... struggling with small gardens, and feeling that you are reasonably successful after many attempts, is an achievement in itself I think... anyone who does that should feel proud of their efforts.. although I'm not sure we are ever really satisfied...

..I wonder if anyone else has this book of Mr Lloyd's... apart from the wonderful photos, I did find his prose a little flat.. perhaps age was getting to him.. but I thought it lacked enthusiasm and he was not his usual self...

..Japanese Anemone's... I love these but no longer plant them as I fear the consequences too much and happy to see them in others... Mr Lloyd states that 'Honorine Jobert' is by far and away the best white... I wonder if he was alive now he might change his mind as I think a couple of others are on the market that he might also prefer... ''Whirlwind'' is a double which I'm not so keen on personally, but my preference is for 'Andrea Atkinson'... this is just sensational planted en masse as I saw it at the Alnwick Castle gardens a few years ago... and would be my first choice in this colour... the pink 'September Charm' I grew in Sussex and found it lived up to it's name... charming..

 

Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 09:46

...Busy-Lizzie,

when I live near Eastbourne I had the exact same problem as you getting to Wisley... over 3 hours caught in traffic... I think we ended up going around Dorking or somewhere... down country roads... it's a shocking place to get to at times like that...

Groombridge Place takes me back too... they used to have Birds of Prey displays there which was fun to watch...

...I don't know if you've ever watched the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film version with Keira Knightley/Matthew Macfadyen... I quite liked this one actually... part of it was filmed there...

LADY EMMA HAMILTON STANDARD ROSE

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 09:37

...I'd have said the same as you there Dove... it's probably even more marked on a standard rose... as far as I'm aware it will get better with time... that's what they need to develop stronger shoots... I've seen nice photos of this rose as a bush, when mature, and it looks fine.. so stick with it.. it should get better... it's a very popular one by all accounts...

My Mystery Roses

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 21:07

...that's a nice one isn't it..Alpine Sunset... yes looks spot on... the orange one.. I expect you're right of course....although 2 things.. I notice a fair bit of black spot on yours.. Austin's are noted for their disease resistance but could be cultivation issue going on there... and this one also flowers in clusters rather than a single flower that you have which looks odd.. maybe it's suffering a bit and obviously not as it's best...

go with those if you're happy with them...  certainly a very bright dazzling orange that one...I would struggle to fit that colour in...

what other Austin's have you got... and are you happy with them all so far...?

Hallo.

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 20:53

hi Verdun, thanks for your reply... I've looked at that Koeleria.. quite a nice looking plant isn't it?, but I don't think it's the same as mine...

what I have found on a couple of sites are photos almost exactly like my plant, and labelled Festuca ovina var. Glauca [Sheep's fescue]... but these are most likely seed raised and not the cultivar known as Elijah blue...

I think I have been sold a seed raised Festuca ovina.... well. I'm going to keep it as I like it very much...so I'm not disappointed... providing it doesn't seed itself about, that's what I don't want... we shall see... I've not had it that long... thanks again for your time...

 

Advice on climbers

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 18:49

...I have a rose that spreads 3 metres [and more if you want] by 2 metres high...

maybe something like this would suit your purposes...?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26903.jpg?width=287&height=350&mode=max

...there are lots of roses to choose from that would give a similar result.. if this is your thing... some more fragrant than others...this one is easily controlled...

 

Hallo.

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 18:31

...Verdun,... here are two images of the grass I mentioned earlier... I do think it's Festuca but surely not Elijah Blue...

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26901.jpg?width=273&height=350&mode=max

 close up of the flower heads..

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/26902.jpg?width=273&height=350&mode=max

 ..I love it's graceful nature.... any ideas...?

Hallo.

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 18:28

Hello Keen,

Re. your earlier post today - a very early one, you obviously go to bed late... well, it was a very nice photo you posted...I've not grown Fennel nor Astrantia's... Curry plants are quite popular aren't they...?  for me, as long as they are in other people's gardens.. that's fine...

...it's not a smell I care for too much...

I've looked up Scopolia... not heard of these before.. quite a nice little plant for Spring it seems... not one you see everywhere..

Carex pendula is one grass that I do not like... I find it coarse and weedy looking... Hypericum Hidcote I used to grow... it's still very popular.. my neighbour has one so I see it every day...

I take no notice of Ants nests... let them get on with it... I rarely find they trouble me at all out of doors... indoors that's another matter... I saddens me in a way when I see people throwing ant powder over the nests... especially on their driveways.. but none of my business...

..nice plants in the shingle.. the pink and saxifrage... I like rounded little plants like this, I grow the same sorts of things in mine...I'm very fond of shingle beds actually...

..perhaps I should look out for Glow Worms too...I can't say that I've ever seen any, knowingly...

I only started gardening in the mid 1980's... I think my first inspiration was the little rose book by Dr Hessayon.. he wrote lots of these on various types of plants...I got interested in so many roses mentioned... but they were modern hybrid teas or floribundas... I rarely grow these now... but they still have a place, and I hold one or two affectionately... but we tend to move on as our interests change...my favourites then were Korresia , Silver Jubilee and Frensham [a gorgeous dark red]... still available, and still good...

then I went to Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire, a National Trust garden, full of old roses and species, and my taste changed overnight...

bi for now,..

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