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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 11:21

Busy - I think people can get around the hosepipe ban if you can say it is used for basic human need or personal care or business necessity.   e.g.. if a café only dishes up home grown veg then they can be allowed to keep hosing water as it's part of their business requirement.  If you were to claim that your mum, for dietary purposes or financial need or something like that, needed only her home grown stuff, you could make a case.  I read once of someone who had a paddling pool in their garden and said it was because something was wrong with the bath - so they were allowed to fill the pool because it was to personal care.

I've read of lots of ways in which people have got around the hosepipe bans - not out of malice, greed or taking advantage - but in situations where it was demonstrated there was a need...of a sort!  For instance, someone couldn't afford to get broken taps fixed...they were allowed to use the hose indoors and outdoors.

Great year for Fuchsias

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 10:59

They look wonderfully abundant nodlisab.  Fabulous. 

I bought new ones last year but have been a dead loss.  I had thought it was my compost which seemed lifeless but have come to conclusion that it was poor care of the plants before I bought them.  You know the thing, they look great when you buy them but for ever after they put on no new growth and just seem to have done themselves out.  Poor roots as well.


Problems with Penstemon

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 10:56

Sounds like mildew Lynne, from dampness and humidity.  Maybe need a bit more air around them - especially if they are surrounded by other plants?


Kilmarnock Willow

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 00:54

 Here is the underside of one of the leaves.  They are all like this with little orange spots.  Any ideas?

Briza media

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 00:45

SwissSue and nutcutlet...thanks so much.  I had no idea that they did this as I've only ever seen the heart shaped pendants intact until the winter.

Another daft question.  I have two BM's.  The stalks with pendants were really battered with rain on the no.2 plant two weeks ago and the stalks were hammered by the rain to the ground.  There don't seem to be any other stalks.  I noticed this last year that when a stalk was damaged in some way no others appeared to grow at all.  If I chop the ground fallen stalks at the bottom...should it throw up more this year?

I'm thinking I maybe ought to lift them in the autumn and move them to a sheltered spot.  I don't get many stalks to be honest on each plant.

Briza media

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 13:31

Hi Sue.  I feel a twit if it's meant to be like this.  Every other year the little pendant thingies have remained intact and look beautiful when they turn from green to other shades around August.  This is the first time that the bottom of them have been straggly as if torn.  Is that what you mean by flowering - that something will appear on the bottoms?  They've never done this before.


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 13:12

archiepem - great pics.  I love what you have done with your ivy and privet - or whatever they are to the left of where it looks like you go down to your shed/greenhouse. ( Like the flags as that for the duration of the WC?  OH and I are loving the footie but sad for Gerrard et al.  We'll be watching later today and hoping the supporters are on side).

Is this a fuchsia...or

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 01:16

Thanks bekkie.  Will check that out as well.


Posted: 24/06/2014 at 01:13

Mike, I'm not too knowledgeable on these things but from a family member's experience your body may still be in the post op shock and fatigue stage which can cause dreadful sudden onset of tiredness, anxiety and induce confusion and fear of what used to be everyday situations and anxiety about the future.  And as Pauline 7 says, medicationns can cause any number of negative responses as we are all different and can respond in many different ways in terms of side effects which can come on suddenly or over a period of recuperation etc.  Also, the psychological impact of what you and your body have had to go through can't be minimised .  Shock of all kinds can set in afterwards, as can panic attacks which more people suffer from than would readily tell or even recognise.  An uncharacteristic lack of confidence can hit all of a sudden when the body and particularly the mind starts to realise what you've recently been through and sometimes no amount of reassurance from others can make us feel as if we are in any way better.  Thinking and thinking it all through again is a hard part of the process of things having changed and feeling a lack of control over our lives which we felt we had before and which is part of our individual make-up.  Sometimes our body lets us know that it's had a hard time and it kicks in via the mind to remind us that we need a bit more time to heal physically and psychological before we have the strength and things back together again to fight on and gain confidence.

Don't keep any worries to yourself.  A problem shared can often be solved and give us the reassurance we need to go forward and know that we are not alone in what can be a scary time.  Speak to family, friends and especially your GP.  Don't try to cope on your own.  Sometimes reassurance from one person can make things clearer and solve some issues which we are unable to cope with ourselves.  There is no weakness in this - sometimes a word from the right direction is all it takes to build strength and the impetus to give ourselves a boost when we need it.  Friends know this but can be hesitant to intrude.  And friends sometimes would like to be needed at such times but need a signal that they can be allowed in.

Maybe you should also check with your doc that you are free of another urine infection.  They can turn us into nervous confused and extremely anxious individuals very quickly - as you may know already.  Have had experience of that.

Don't keep any worries to yourself.  x




Seedlings ID

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 00:33


Thanks for the responses everybody.  I've only ever had two foxgloves and had to dig them out a couple of years ago - never self-seeded either.  I have lungworts elsewhere - but not with foliage like these.  fidgetbones - the blue flowers you see are what remain of my aubretia from Spring which were all along this border and these seedlings completely took over and smothered them.  I let them carry on as I'm curious to see what they are. 

Not sure about campion as I have several pink campion in other parts of the garden which are vigorous and I didn't want any anywhere else - could be wrong, but from memory I'm thinking I wouldn't have sown any more campion seeds as I have enough plants as it is.  BUT - it's always a possibility I was so fed up at the time that I might have dispersed campion. 

There is the possibility it could have been a packet of wild flower seeds - and if it was it would seem that only one dominant type of flower has come up.  I keep thinking calendula - but again, it's something I might not have wanted many of. 

The only other thing I remember having left in seed packets was Emilia Irish Poet - but I can't remember what their seedlings looked like at this stage as I pull them out each year and can't picture what the starting foliage looked like.

It's maddening in an amusing way as I keep thinking I should absolutely know what these are.  Here's a slightly different  pic angle - but probably doesn't help at all.  There is no smell of any kind if you crush the leaves so no clue of any kind there.

I shall just have to wait and see.  If they are campion, I will laugh myself squint at so many and having to do something with them.  I already have pinks and whites and was pulling them up where I had deliberately put them as they grew and spread too much.

They might be an absolute stinking nasty weed - so perhaps in a month's time there will be a pic of me looking all in and dramatically despairing trying to get rid of them all!

 FIDGETBONES:  I've just done web search and they DO look like blasted campion.  I had thought not as my mature ones are hairy and I can't recall them before they were hairy.  I think you may be absolutely right.  Oh blast!

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