Latest posts by yarrow2

Bug Hotel

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 11:59

I second Mark56.What a fantastic idea.  Wish I'd space to have a bug/etc area.  It looks really good and will be an interesting watch to see what has been attracted.

Something eating hydrangea

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 09:09

I have noticeably more vine weevil this past month than I've seen in years.  Ants as well which I've never even really noticed before as there were so few.

The vine weevil in this picture has started on my peony - but not the one in bud, one which was from a root which is only really growing and thickening foliage.  The other plants the vine weevil seem to have been at are my candelabra primulas and I've had to throw out a couple of scabious which were my favourites.  Something - don't now if the vine weevil but assuming so - had devastated the roots.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 10:10

I don't want to get into political discussion on a gardening forum but I think a very very clear and factual short presentation of the UK's real position is given by Ian Leask which you can find on Youtube if you type in Ian Leask EU Referendum.  I think it's a vital watch - and clear of all the media and political distortion which we are daily subjected to.  It clears the mind.

My flowers ..

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 11:28

Cambridgerose - lovely plants and photos.  I love that sort of coral coloured rose Cornelia.

I love seeing everyone's plants.  It's a great experience to see the real things rather than in books and o websites.

Plant Combinations

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 00:04

This photo was last year when I had just planted Cosmos Chocamocha and behind it the yellow nepeta which I think is Govaniana or something like that.  As summer progressed and both plants spread the cosmos looked really effective growing through the nepeta.  I'm maybe a bit of a colour clasher freak though, I thought at the time when they were in full growth that they looked good together.  I've been depending on both plants recreating the same this year but the nepeta unbudded as yet is big and the cosmos now shaded by it have only come up a couple of inches so far.  Looks like I won't get both growing at full whack until autumn maybe.  Or maybe not if the cosmos doesn't get a move on.

This is my cool corner where I like to sit because I'm not much good in a lot of heat.  I don't know if you can clearly see what's in here.  There are cream lillies just budding and I've just planted a couple of cream foxgloves to the right which you can't see.  When the pink flowers on the Dicentra have gone it should be all cream and green.  This bed is shaded by a large bamboo just off the picture to the right.  The only colour will be middle right where you see the edge of an obelisk which has Rosa Grace which is yellow but not bright.  I need to find something else which is quite subtle cream and not very showy to sit to the right of the rose which I planted the other day which is Glyndebourne which I'm hoping will fit in.  I haven't a clue what other sort of green and cream plant I could fill about a 2 foot tall and 2 foot wide space.  Any ideas would be very welcome.  Also if anyone has a photo of Glyndebourne in bloom - I'd love to see if it looks as it does on photos I've already seen on the web and on the label.

My flowers ..

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 23:24

Oooh it's lovely to see other people's glorious blooms when here things are only mostly just budding - other than a few pelargoniums in tubs which are doing well.

I'm quite pleased with this little thing - parahebe 'Avalanche' which I chose to plant last year as I needed something for pretty awful soil and which wouldn't ever grow above a foot tall.  It's like a mini hebe.  It started to flower on the sunny days last week but is bending over now with constant rain.  My knees wouldn't take kneeling any longer to photograph anything so low! 

It has spread in a year but I'm assuming it won't really spread a great deal from where it is now.  There are tree roots under this patch so it's always been difficult to get things to survive there.

I'm sorry if I posted this before - I really can't keep track these days - brain ageing.  This ceanothus 'Concha' is, I think, 5 years old and the blooms are the puffiest I've seen so far with loads of bees enjoying it on the hot days.

Geranium oxonianum Wargrave Pink - has spread to a great mound this year.  All dripping wet at the moment.

I've planted some of these Osteospermum 'Serenity Rose Magic' - or it may be just 'Rose Magic'.  However, during the hot days in full sun the colour was very blanched and paler so I've put them in a slightly shaded patch now to get the darker more rusty colour.

The Heuchera 'Sweet Tea' is new this year and I must get more as I love the colour - need to create some space to put more with this one but difficult in a tiny garden.

This is the just budding Thalictrum 'Elin' - with tinfoil to stop the starling broods always landing on it and breaking the budded stems.  Looks a bit daft - but as it's so tall the bacofoiil was the easiest thing to wrap around it to try.  I broke a few stems myself falling over trying to reach up - the language was biblical!  But it seems to have worked.

Moth Alert - watch your cabbages

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 22:22

I read the BBC headline this evening 'Biblical' moth influx threatens to devastate crops.  Then I noticed the little video of the diamondback moths and realised it was the 'thing' I'd been trying to photograph all over my Bowles Mauve wall flower a couple of days ago.  There were only about a dozen but they were very lively just after the rain.  A devil try and photograph with my shaky hands and them being so small - but had no idea they were causing so much trouble coming over to the UK in such numbers this last week.  Depressing problem from commercial growers and farmers if they don't identify something to deal with the influx - bearing in the mind the other side of the coin of government prevaricating on pesticides which may be devastating bee colonies.  The world environment seems to be changing - whether it's global warming, increased trade in goods which can commute unwanted wildlife and not as much vigilance in human habits in a busy world where the grasp for profit overrides careful consideration of everything in the round.

young bugs ? ?

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 04:15

I think that's what was on my primula today.  Didn't realise it was vine weevil.  Ugh!

Do you dispose of them - or let them be?

Last edited: 14 June 2016 04:16:45

Whats this invading my honeysuckle?

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 03:59

dancindufus - these are all over my honeysuckles as well.  None last year, completely covered this year.

Eaten plants

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 03:56

Rachael - this is all that's left of my clematis Piilu.  This fellow and no doubt some friends have disposed of all of it and it was still going at it during the day when I took this pic.  Couldn't believe the audacity!

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