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Posted: Yesterday at 11:03
Guernsey Donkey2 says:

Yes, you certainly to have quite a large job there Obelixx, but I can imagine you are relishing the outcome, the putting together of such a scheme.  Just how high are your summer temperatures, I would imagine around 30, but with S/W winds to keep the air a little cooler. Are you close to the coast?

Having been to the GC today (different one this time), there was a choice of 5 or 6 varieties of Bamboo including black, which we decided would be too tall.,Those within our price bracket were Fargesia Murieliae and Fargesia Simba. Our area is mostly shady, but well drained heavy soil.  We are pondering but not are not at the stage of purchasing just yet.

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 Hi, GD. I bought a small Fargesia 'Rufa' from B&Q in 2012 for about £8. It's very well 'behaved'. It's footprint hasn't increased very much but the canopy is about 1.5m. I have read that they can grow to 3m tall when mature.

However, mine seems to be slow-growing if that's true. In the five years I've had it the spread was quite quick but it hasn't gained a lot of height, as you can see from the photo's below. it has a somewhat arching aspect, which for me is good because it's grown to cover the fence. It reached fence height in the first couple of years.

Apparently, Fargesia species are happy in shady conditions and need protection from afternoon sun and mine is East-facing and shaded on one side by my cherry laurel. So the growth has not been affected by its position.

I really like it, particularly the red of the culms as they grow. The first photo' is when I first planted it, the rest are all last summer.

Dhalia ID, please

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 19:20
clarice673 says:

Looks similar to some of mine soulboy although mine stay Pink..(with the yellow), It's a cactus dahlia but like you, mine came with no name so hope someone comes up with the name for us both but there are hundreds of them....stunning pictures 😀

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 Hi Clarice, than you for the comments about my photo's. I take hundreds of pictures of the flowers, plants and insects in the garden every year. it's great that mobile cameras are such good quality, generally speaking.

Dhalia ID, please

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 19:17

Thanks for the responses. I think I've found the answer. I'm pretty sure it's a cultivar called 'shooting star'.

Dahlias - leaving in!

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 15:36

I'm in Sheffield and I've grown Dahlias for a few years. I've never lifted mine, doing what people suggest and putting lots of compost in a heap on top to protect them. Apparently it's the wet that rots the tubers rather than frost killing them.

We've been fortunate here the last few years in that the winters have been very mild and relatively dry. But last year we had more rain than previous years and one dahlia was affected by rot. But this was in one of the wettest areas of the garden. The others all survived to produce more flowers than ever, and I was even able to save the rotting one because it had some new growth that I replanted.

I obviously caught it in time.

Dhalia ID, please

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 15:29

Hi, haven't posted on here for quite a while. I've missed it and I hope everyone's well and looking forward to Xmas.

I regularly post pictures of my flowers and garden on my Facebook page for others to appreciate and today a friend contacted me saying he wanted to purchase one of the images as a gift for his wife.

 It's one of my beautiful dahlias and I'm hoping that one of the more informed members here will have enough knowledge of dahlias to identify this one for me. I can then pass that info on to my friend.

As you can see from the photo's, when it first comes into flower it has a pink and yellow centre and the mature flower is pure white.

ID for interesting flowering plant, please.

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 11:58
Dovefromabove says:

I think the alcohol in the Pimms is far more likely to have a deleterious effect on our livers than the borage flowers used to prettify it 

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 I was thinking the two together would multiply the deleterious effects. Although Fidgetbones would have to be drinking an awful lot of borage-infused Pimms for there to be a problem.

ID for interesting flowering plant, please.

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:24
fidgetbones says:

I freeze the blue flowers in ice cubes to use for pimms.

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 I hope you don't use too many of those. The Wiki page says that there are liver-toxic alkaloids present

ID for interesting flowering plant, please.

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:21
Fairygirl says:

There's a white variety too soulboy  

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 Thanks Fairygirl. I noticed that when I read the Wiki page on it.

ID for interesting flowering plant, please.

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 17:20
nutcutlet says:

soulboy says:

Thank you both! So many plants to learn about.

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 It never stops soulboy, there's always a new plant to learn about

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ID for interesting flowering plant, please.

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 11:30

Thank you both! So many plants to learn about.

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Dhalia ID, please

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ID for interesting flowering plant, please.

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ID for a small white flower

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ID for nondescript plant

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ID for odd looking plant

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Suspected undesirable ID wanted

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Plant ID's, please

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Worse this year? 
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ID for young shrub, please.

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ID for seedlings

Some undesirables? 
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Could someone ID this plant. please.

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ID for a small trailing plant.

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