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Can someone identify this grass?

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 14:01

Aha!  Thanks punkdoc and Fairygirl.  Fairygirl - Carex oshimensis Evergold certainly sounds familiar.  I'm thinking you must be right.  Thank you.

Clematis - can I prune now to stop growth?

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 13:42

Hi green fingered finch.

I've managed to very gently detach a pot-growing clematis from trellis, got it out of its pot, transplanted it in the ground, stuck an obelisk on top and very gently wound the stems around the obelisk starting at the bottom.  There was 5ft of growth and about a dozen stems - but doing it very gently I've managed to make the change.

I don't know if you'd want to try it - but if you can be careful with it - you might be able to do something similar and maintain successful growth.

I watered it with a bucket of water before doing anything and when I transplanted it and tied it in to the obelisk, I watered it, gave it a feed and after 5 days it looks very happy.  Maybe more of a risk for you to try if you already have blooms - I don't know.  Mine is just budding now.

Last edited: 27 May 2016 13:44:31

New Strawberries

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 13:17

I've never grow strawberries really and the 'perceived wisdom' in books has put me off putting them in the garden - as well as really not having enough space.  However, last year I bought a couple of plants from a well-known DIY store discount shelf and I put them in a hanging basket.  I never 'hung' the basket and left it in the 'tools' corner.

I came across both plants last week and found that they had grown so I've potted them in terracotta pots and both have produced flowers since last week.  I'm not sure what to do with them now.  I like the foliage so I'm not desperate for 'good' fruit - but as they look so well in this their second year I'd thought I'd leave them to do their own thing.

Does the appearance of flowers herald fruit starting to grow sometime soon?  I gave them a liquid feed last week as well - the compost is Innes 3 mixed with some farmyard manure.  Not sure if that was a good idea either but it was what I had left.

Can someone identify this grass?

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 13:04

Hi B3.  Yes, I'm not so sure myself either.  I don't suppose my little thing has ever flourished to the full as I've retricted it to life in a little pot and I also move it around all the time so it will be in sun, out of sun, in a corner, not in a corner.  So it does look less of an example than netsniper's stunning ones to start with.

Last edited: 27 May 2016 13:05:25

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 12:43

Thanks Joyce 21 - the pelican put me in mind of a politician - but for diplomacy's sake I wouldn't dare venture which one! :)

Fairygirl - your shots of the hills are wonderful, make me pine for years past.  Just lovely.

Last edited: 27 May 2016 12:44:58

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 12:34

I'm just learning to use a DSLR for the first time so my photos are very hit and miss!  But here's one just for fun from early year visit to Edinburgh Zoo.  (Not my normal habitat!).  The expression on the pelican just looked so comical.

The Blue Tit - I've put on another thread here about fledglings I think - but it was my first 'in focus' success with those far too fast moving Blue Tits.

And this was practising night shots outside St. Giles Cathedral here in Edinburgh.

Can someone identify this grass?

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 12:19

Really interested to see this.  Hostafan and Netsniper - do you think the plant I have in this pot is also phalaris unundinacea picta?

I've had it for years and years.  Took it out of the garden years ago because the leaves were always dirtied with the soil and it spoiled the look.  I kept meaning to make a grit garden but put it in a pot instead where the leaves could come over the sides.  It stays the same year after year.  I give it the occasional water but it never changes and seems healthy enough always outside in all weathers.  PS:  It has rained and drizzled since the middle of the night so it's looking a bit drippy just now.

Last edited: 27 May 2016 12:20:34

Feathered Friend

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 00:30

A pair of magpies stole my lunch today whilst I was doing a tidy up.  Watched them scoff my cut up into bite sized pieces ham and cheese roll from a distance, have themselves a drink and then they sat and watched me watching them!

Blue tit fledgling advice

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 14:37

Thanks for comment on the pic Dove.  I get about 1 in 5 in focus as they are so fast!  But it's fun.  I could watch birds for hours.

We've had no fledglings of any kind (Edinburgh) so far this year in the garden.  Behind on last year when there was a nice mix around the garden.  I'm hoping to see some soon.  Lovely to see the other photos of fledglings.  It's so uplifting.

Dicentra spectabilis

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 14:19

Many thanks everyone.  

Will ensure it has good fresh compost around it and hope for some self-seeding and will leave it to do it's thing.

Fairygirl - I agree on the preference for white which I would have bought at the time had I found any locally.  My caring commitments limit time away from the house so I don't go far to seek out plants.  I hope all the same that I will get some seedlings - I love the foliage before it shrinks back into the ground.

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