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Latest posts by yarrow2

Is it wild phlox?

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 16:41

Looks very like my wallflower 'Bowles Mauve'. ?

New roses for old

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 00:54

Naki - I have a similar quandary.  I've been rejuvenating a garden for the past 3 years which had been badly neglected.  There are half a dozen old roses which to my knowledge have been there for well over 25 years.  I was reluctant to interfere with them in any way and for 3 years have dilligently pruned, fed, mulched, watered, sprayed at the first sight of aphids etc.  To no avail.  I don't know which roses they are.  All have about 3/4 very  tall thin stems and after yearly pruning to a third of height, they shoot up in the Spring to full height, produce only one or two buds and at this time every plant becomes covered in powdery mildew and I end up having to cut off almost all of the leaves.  When the buds flower they only last about a week and  they always seem too heavy for the spindly thin stems.  Consideration for the previous gardener made me reluctant to dig them up but this year I've given up on imagining that any of these roses are going to be any different.  I've dug up three, reluctantly, and for the ones which are left I had wondered, like yourself, if any cuttings taken would actually be strong enough to root as these roses look absolutely exhausted. 

Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety'

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 00:35

Sorry for typo. above.  Should have read the flowered until 'a week ago'.

Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety'

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 00:31

I have two Leonard's Variety which have only been in the ground since early May.  Soil is improved clay, acid, moist and are in  partial shade but with sun most of the day.  Were planted with handfull of grit and bonemeal in the planting hole.  They flowered beautifully until a week but I have to admit I was unsure whether to deadhead or cut the stems at the base or something else as the flowers died.   The last flowerheads are like in this photograph - seed?  There are no new flowers on both plants and I have now cut all the stems away from the base.  The foliage looks really healthy.   The same happened with my 'Lemon Drops' but I expected their flowering season to finish around now anyway.  But - thought that the Leonard's Variety flowered into the summer or longer.  Can anyone advise me if they are likely to come into flower again or if my neglect (ie letting seeds come on the flower heads) now means that that's flowering over for this year?  I've never had Geums before and absolutely love them and would eventually like to have more - but think I need to educate myself on how to better care for them.  Thanks for any advice.


Cabbage 'Greyhound'

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 00:16

 Have a few 'Greyhound' cabbage and the centres all look like this one in the photo.  I'm wondering if it's a fungus and if I will lose them?  Does anyone know what this is and what I should do?



Planting an Art-Deco Raised Border

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 21:25

LowiePete:  What a brilliant idea.  It's stunning.  Great to see it taking shape from start to finish.  You will have to keep posting pics as things come into bloom.  Love the design and the stones are so effective.   How good it must be to have thought up the idea and been able to make it come to life.  Fabulous!


Cistus Snowfire

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 13:14

Hi Dovefromabove.  Many thanks for the really informative and reassuring response.  I've planted it where it will have plenty room in coming years to spread nicely down to the edge of a small path.   It's planted, as you did for your parents, where we will see it from the window and I  can well imagine the pleasure it gave them during it's summer spell. 

Particularly appreciate the wigwam fleece tent tip and the reminder of the consequences of damp when tented-in.  It's really useful (especially for me as a beginner) to be reminded of these things and try and be prepared with our unpredictable weather the past few years.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how this little (at the moment) plant progresses.  It's a little character all on its own in its spot just now.

Thanks again.



Cistus Snowfire

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 03:16

... and here is close-up of bud(?) if it's any help.


Cistus Snowfire

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 03:10

Oops!  Forgot the pic.  Will try again.


Cistus Snowfire

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 03:09

Here is pic of young Cistus 'Snowfire' I bought and planted early May.  Soil is clay, acidic to neutral with garden compost added month or so before planting.   Also put grit in planting hole when planting.

Question is - is it  unhappy/dormant, as it doesn't look any different from the day it was planted.  No new growth and the little brown hairy bobbly bits you see where I thought there were buds seem to be soft and are falling off.   I wondered if the brown bits are protecting the real buds or is it just falling apart because it's not going to 'go'?  I've never seen a young Cistus before and had expected some indication of growth since it's been in the ground for a month - or is this the norm?

Sorry so many questions.  Just unsure whether it should be moved.  Is in full sun just now -  when it stops raining that is!

Any replies gratefully received.  Thanks.

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Identify bug?

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Identify these anyone?

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Identify plant

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