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How long does it take you?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 08:02

Latin names roll off the tongue for me too.........used to,think it a little pompous but now it's natural ESP when a particular plant is required.

Nice post Mike.....made me chuckle. 

I too agree with Dove's next post 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 07:57

Exciting stuff Punkdoc.  I can sense your impatience from here   My nephew will be on paramedic duty there....always gets  that "gig". (must be sheer luck)  you might meet up with him

Hot morning.....many are complaining that it's much now but not me.  Suits me just fine 

There's a dahlia I see in the  morning in far corner of the lawn that I tend to gauge overnight growth rate.  Suddenly, It has grown so I now need to stake it.  plants seem to be chasing the longest day 

 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 07:46

Busy.  I posted quite a lot last year and 2 this......

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 20:04

Still scorching hot here 

Camellias

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 16:06

Hiya philippa

Its such a safe treatment that exact measurements are not necessary. I add a tablespoon to 10 litres of water or a teaspoon to a litre spray. Early morn or evening when sun is not directly on the plant. A second spray in 4 weeks or so too

Pruning a large established camillia

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 16:00

Oh yes 

Lupin problems

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 15:58

For me, lupins have 2 main enemies.....slugs/snails and lupin aphid.

Controlling these pests is hard, for snails etc., and easy for aphid.  My lupins are now looking quite majestic, I think, after a few weeks of picking off slugs and snails.  The lupin aphid, not a problem for me this year, is best comtrolled by a spray before flowering. 

I could not garden without lupins but I do remove most of them after flowerimg to divide or pot up.  

Agree with Wintersong....woodlice won't be eating living plant tissue 

Ferns

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 15:53

Depends on variety,,of course, but yes plenty of ferns thrive in hot,dry situations. Not knowing exactly where to put a Dryopteris variety I left it on top of my built compost bin.....for 2 years now actually. No water and partially shaded it looks fine. However, I will locate it somewhere this autumn.

Just check out different ferns because some do need shade and good moisture.....jap painted ferns for example.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 15:47

Sounds fascinating Clari.  (terrible things going on now there...Iraq..). 

Took mum again down to her favourite walkway.   So hoooooooot.    Clearly though, rain is now needed.  It was so hot I forced myself to an ice cream and  ice cold lager, for medicinal purposes 

Runner beans now approaching tops of their frame....will be pinching out tops now on a daily basis.

Will be sorting out niece's car Insurance later.....lots of haggling,,even though on line. Already got her renewal reduced by £80 but we can do better than that 

 

 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 15:37

Salino, me too.....plants with history to tell. 

Cheeky Punkdoc......did post last year

This is just part of edge of my drive that is very dry and poor......in a couple  of weeks those yellow flowers...osteospermum voltage yellow.....will fill that area all summer. Eryngium jade Frost, just out of the picture on the right, adds further blue contrast.  A convolvulous cneorum is flowering there well too so a lot is going on to keep me interested 

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Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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a good turn needs to be considered......

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Serious reminder folks....

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Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

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How cruel is this?

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Favourite variety of your plants......

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Coleonema

Anyone growing this? 
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Associating hydrangea limelight,

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Unusual red hot pokers......

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Mahonia soft caress

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For Stacey and others absent at mo...

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Preposterous question....

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