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Which cosmos is this if it is?

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 08:01

Will do Wakeshine


Posted: 07/07/2016 at 07:44


Nice to see you DD - and everybody else too. Well done Pat - first steps mastered - we will expect some of your excellent botanical drawings next week!

I'm off to Helmingham Hall today with Dove, Nut, Panda and Wonky.

Weather forecast is good & the gardens look beautiful. Cake will be consumed at some stage and Wonky is bringing plants 

Best  jump in the shower then - SYL

Which cosmos is this if it is?

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 07:36

I have grown a mix of Rubenza and the yellow cosmos for the first time this year. They are in bud. If the Rubenza open to this colour I will be well chuffed! 

Last edited: 07 July 2016 07:36:22

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 07:33

Glad you're ok DD - keeping busy is sometimes the only way to get through difficult times.

Chin up.


Posted: 06/07/2016 at 21:48

We did have more than a little bit of Roger  - and you know the sun will shine again when he needs to change his shirt on court. I maybe enjoyed that a little bit more than I should 


Posted: 06/07/2016 at 21:00

What a fantastic afternoon of tennis!

 Can't remember when I've enjoyed the quarter finals so much. The Querry match looked good too but I only saw bits of it.

Nice day tomorrow to calm down & prepare for Friday's semis.

Might have a quick look at the footie now - do we all have a little bit of Welsh dragon blood in us today?


Posted: 06/07/2016 at 19:46

Will the Murray match end before the football starts? 

When can I get my dinner? 

Chelsea chop question

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 19:38

My Centaurea flower in May. I regularly deadhead them back to a side flower shoot which prolongs the flowering season but eventually theyvget straggly and floppy. I then cut them to the ground, they reshoot and produce a 2nd burst of flowers in August. 

I guess you could Chelsea chop them in April but the idea of the CC is to get sturdier, bushier plants and I dont think it would necessarily have that affect on Centaura. I grow mine through flower supports which helps keeps them upright.

I don't grow Achillea so can't advise on those,


Posted: 06/07/2016 at 17:00

Worn out after watching Federer v Cilic... . Hope Andy doesn't put us through more of the same - I will have no nails left...

Just had time for a quick shower, phone brother (it's his birthday) and text friend who's poorly before holding down the sofa again. Glad I prepared tonight's dinner last night...

Shifted a compost bin full this morning - beds look better for mulching but my back is complaining now.


gardens in west scotland/ cornwall /devon

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 08:41

Arduaine Garden - OH remembered.

While looking found this site with 20 gardens listed for Argyle & Bute

On the way up would also recommend Larch Cottage Nursery in Melkinthorpe nr Penrith.  Ver quirky gardens, lovely plants to buy and an excellent Italian restaurant for lunch. Went for an hours whizz round - stayed all day!

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