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Plant in need of ID

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:44

A bit like wild carrot - although you have a very substantial plant there and the leaves maybe look a bit thicker than wild carrot.  First instinct was nasty hemlock but leaves don't look exactly alike.  Difficult to differentiate for me. Ha ha - in other words, I haven't a clue!

RHS Chelsea

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:32

It's a stunning aquilegia.  The name also is very suggestive of the colour which draws you in.

On similar colour schemes in some of the gardens, when Joe and Monty were having a kind of summary chat - Joe did comment about the similar plantings over different gardens - lot of purple, whites and green everywhere.  I felt that about the 'big' gardens although I only watched on tv so obviously missed a great deal.


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:24

You are going to so love it when they open up.  They will look fabulous!

Pot or not

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:17


I had four in the garden, pink ones.  I removed one 2 years ago as they had grown so large and were cramped.  I put it in a cheap plastic terracotta look-alike pot 17" high and 15" radius at the top (but less at the bottom).

I planted it in one half leafmould and one half multi-purpose compost with a couple of handfuls of grit and a couple of inches high of crocks in the bottom.

When it started to come up in April, I planted in a bunch of shop bought tulips in leaf as I wanted to see what they would look like with the just growing foliage.  Here are two photos.  One with the tulips on 15th April this year and one taken this evening as it is still growing to it's full height and the tulip leaves have just about gone over and I'll remove them soon.  Worked for me.  I also move it around but keep it out of the worst wind - even though it doesn't seem to mind a deal of wind here in Scotland.  It's exposed to the winds where you see it in today's photo.  When the flowers come on (and they're bigger every year) I put it in a sheltered spot with a tiny bit of shade.

Works for me.  When the top of the soil seems to dry out I pour on half a watering can of water, or a whole one if we've had consecutive hot days (which doesn't happen often here).  I don't feed it at all.  I just remove the top couple of inches of compost every year and add fresh.  Sometimes I know it needs a good drink if the wind has been harsh and the leaves get crispy and brown around some of the edges.  A good watering at that time has always refreshed it and I remove any leaves which I think are not fresh looking.  Also, because I accidentally ended up with a lot of pink in this garden, if the flowers come up hugely fluffy and pink - I often cut them off as I like the foliage so much.  I get 8 heads on this plant each year - which is too much pink for me.




Rose ID

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 18:59

No idea what it is but it's absolutely beautiful.  Wish I had one!


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 18:44

Well done BB.  So excited for you. 

Soap solution for greenfly

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 20:35

 Sorry photo a bit blurry.

I'm also spraying soapy water every day just now as well as sliding them off stems by hand.  My roses and aquilegias are also completely covered.  I've never seen so many and they keep coming back every day even on the lavatera.


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 20:27

I found a packet of Ranunculus 'Purple Heart' corms a couple of days ago.  They were left from last year unopened.  The packet instructed to pot in the Spring and so I did. Now, having looked up a few references, they all say ranunculus needs cold to start off and that autumn is the best time.

I had put mine in little pots in seed compost in my little plastic greenhouse which likely now will become too warm anyway.

Is it best to just leave them but maybe put them in a cool place and not expect anything until next Spring?

Thanks for any advice.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 18:39

Palaisglide, Frank:  hurrah!  Someone who likes Deanna Durban.  One of the great things about the internet is that you can watch snippets or whole Durban films on Youtube.  Fabulous!  I particularly like the one where her butler father and his butler friends go to a club so celebrate (I think) a Russian butler's birthday.  And hey ho, as always in her films, nobody knows she can really sing.  And of course at the beginning strains of a Russian ballad up she gets and beautifully sings in Russian bringing tears to their eyes.  That's what I loved most about her films - that the theme often was the fact that none of the other characters knew she could sing.  Great stuff. 

My dad loved cowboy films and so did I.  He loved John Wayne.  My favourite Wayne film though is 'The Quiet Man'.   But in the cowboy films, you always knew when the 'indians' (if we're allowed to lean from native American for a moment) were coming because of the music.  You knew there was always a stray one hidden behind a tree at the creek because of the music.  (Or the 'crick' as Doris would say in 'Calamity Jane').

Wow!  You danced to the Blue Danube with your lovely Joan in Vienna.  Unforgettable indeed.  OH and I were in Vienna in the late 80's and I dragged him to 'The Magic Flute'.  He fell asleep just before the interval and during the interval didn't feel he could bear any more of it.  So we dashed outside and gave our tickets to a young couple who had been disappointed being unable to get tickets.  We then went for a supposed 'walk' in the fresh air to clear his head!   We ended up at the Prater Stadium where - surprise surprise - his favourites the Rolling Stones were playing.  He'd spotted a poster earlier in the day but hadn't mentioned it.  However, it was a beautiful warm evening and he was forgiven.  We sat outside the stadium and listened for the latter half of this concert.  He's a wiley one!

Did you hear the waltz composed by Sir Anthony Hopkins played by Andre Reaui (can't spell his name)?  I saw it in the press this week and watched it on Youtube.  Nice job Sir Anthony.



Posted: 18/05/2014 at 20:40

Family member had terrible problem with them all around the outside of the house last year.  She was told to pour a trail of washing powder and they wouldn't cross it.  They disappeared completely.  No ants this year so far.

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