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Echium (Candicans ‘Pride of Madeira’)

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:43

They grow fast and very tall down here G Smithers.  Quite a common site.

Coincidentally, a friend of mine has been given some seedlings and wants me to plant them.  I will look for a spot in full  sun, well drained and allow space for a possible 15' specimen next year.  she has almost 6 acres so space is unlimited.  The site has a view of St Michael's Mount so a mild situation.  I have seen echiums far in excess of 15' so not a plant outside your front door G Smithers 



Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:34

trevor, should we warn people about the danger of eating rhubarb leaves too?  highly toxic plants are everwhere....probably most plants carry some threat

we did debate aconitum some months ago with mixed views.  You prob under estimate how much people are aware.  

I grow 3 varieties of aconitum.....they are beautiful plants, they are grown well away from pathways and from being touched.  I often inform visitors that aconitum is poisonous if eaten but I would not be without them.

far more dangerous, as far as I am concerned, are yuccas,,pyracantha, brambles, etc. I learned recently of someone who actually lost an eye bending down onto his yucca.  I caught my face on a pyracantha thorn and how many of us have risked our eyesight on those lomg bramble runners?



Posted: 13/06/2015 at 12:21

Hmmm!   dry but no sun.  Sunny on south coast though apparently....only 10 miles away.  Ah well! ,that's cornwall for you...always sun somewhere 

saw some coleus plants reduced to £1 each but called out manager and got them for 20p for 4.  Potted up now and already looking so much better. But, where to put them?  I dont squeeze plants in so I guess pots on  a pathway!  


Red Spider Mite

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 08:06

Looks a good product Maxine.

 Anyone tried it?  Is it too good to be true?  What does it contain?


Posted: 13/06/2015 at 07:55

Ecky Thump!  Just typed out my post and lost it

morning folks.  

Sorry about your friend Dove.  Hope you are coping well 

good luck Woody..........sounds a womderful treat in store for all your visitors.  Fingers crossed for you for the weather

on impulse last night.....11 pm.... in the drizzle I moved a couple of plants.  Checked this morning and am happy with my work.  Now have a gap at the back where I have replacements.  Choice between subtle and showy......subtle with a restio I think

its dry, warm and cloudy here.  The forecast is no help but I think it will be fine today.  I have hung out some washing because the old adage is hang out your washing and the sun will shine, right?  

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 23:40

Spotty aeonium

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 20:53

Can you imagine them not being "leggy" now then Mousey?  All part of the cragginess of it all. St ives is part of where I least the Bay


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 19:38

A picture would be helpful James.  There are tricks etc depending on variety

Beans misbehaving

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 17:58

They will climb then Lesley...they're just playing games with you 


Posted: 12/06/2015 at 17:50

Rain came and went but enough to give everything a good drink here.  I'm hoping the thunderstorms have passed by!


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