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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 09:19

Lilly Pilly - I smile to see your peony protector as after a blistering day yesterday it has rained all morning just as my oriental poppies are unfolding, first one opened yesterday.  They are so like delicate tissue paper that I also don't want the rain to ruin them and have been looking around for bits to make an 'umbrella' also.  First time this particular poppy has produced 10 buds so don't want them all gooey with rain.

This plant always starts with it's original pale pink but often throws up a couple of reds from the same plant.   There is a peony with bulging buds a little distance from it behind the Bowles Mauve wallflower and it will be blasted bad luck if they also open when we're to expect rain for a few days.  So I will be manufacturing another 'umbrella' I think.

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ID would be great

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 01:13

Thanks for that everyone.  I'm such a sad git that I'd only come across 'Mind Your Own Business' from an old episode of 'Rosemary & Thyme' - yes yes I know - my viewing choices are debateably droll!

I had no idea it was so invasive - it looks so deceptively innocent.  The little mounds seem to have stopped spreading outwards for the moment.  I haven't detected any odour and when I crushed a chunk it smelled of weed - not very pleasant.  They are lovely and spongey - I keep standing on one which I have in a space between pavings.  I'd better keep an eye out for their habit adamadamant and Jason.  Thanks for the warnings.

aym280 - 'quaint' - that's me really.  A sometime quaint curmudgeon - but I do like them in between the pots.  Thank you.

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Posted: 09/06/2016 at 01:00

Thanks GuernseyDonkey2 for the Bradshaw response.  I love the little Cooky.  It's very cheeky but delicate - nice flower.

My Prinses Julianne or Julianna - the name seems to vary in publications - have gone very tall this year.  They used to be about 2ft but this year are about 4ft and more.  Maybe they go tall with age - this is their 5th year.  On the other hand - maybe it's their swan-song before they disappear altogether.  I've had other geums over the years bloom surprisingly one year and then the plant seemed to just go dormant.  I'm sorry for posting another photo of the same old flower bed - but I'm so chuffed with the brightness of the Julianne with the centranthus.  They really cheer me up and they're lovely in the evening light.

Cooky is on it's own at the moment - but shall have to try and remedy that for next year if I get a seed or two this year.

Camera Talk

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 15:31

What an utterly stunning field of lupins.  Wouldn't it be great to see 'unused' areas around the country just planted with surprises.  Think of the smiles it would raise.  Beautiful steephill.

ID would be great

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 01:37

I bought these when they were tiny in 3" pots and thought I'd see how much they would spread maybe around paving stones.  There was no label on them and I forgot to ask what they were.

I can't edge my little patch of grass because a few years ago I made pebble paths without putting edging in first.  Over the years the pebbles sunk into the soil and the grass untidily grows over the pebbles.  I wasn't strong enough to dig the pebbles up and now neither a spade nor a lawn edger can be used as they just hit layers of pebbles.

My lazy idea was to plant these little green things spaced out in the actual remains of the pebble paths and stand tallish pots in between - my sort of cheap shabby French look or something.  It looks ragged but I really like it and makes me feel it takes away a bit from the mess of the no lawn edging!

I'd like to know what these little green cress-like plants are because I haven't been able to find any more and I'd like to duplicate this look in another messy patch.  My lazy gardener approach maybe - but it was a quick fix when I just don't have the energy to deal with the pebbles.

Anyone know what they are called?  They have grown into little mounds about 4" high and have spread to about 8" wide.  I'm also assuming they're likely annuals ? and are not likely to survive the winter where I've planted them.


Posted: 07/06/2016 at 01:20

Guernsey Donkey 2 - after the above discussions, I weakened and bought a couple of fairly mature Mrs Bradshaw's and found one Cooky which is great.

I had 2 what were labelled Lady Stratheden - but I'm wondering if the labels were mixed up where I bought them because one bud has flowered today and it looks the same red as the separately bought Mrs Bradshaws.  Some geums I've had in the past had a bud colour only during the budding time and the colour was different when they flowered fully.  I haven't been able to find any description of Lady Stratheden blooming red first and then turning yellow - so I'm thinking whoever put the labels on the pots has made a mistake.

The Lady Stratheden's were bought some time ago and are in a different part of the garden from the Mrs Bradshaws I planted a few days ago - so I didn't muddle them.  I'm really disappointed, much as I love Bradshaws, that I now have two Strathedens which were planted with a mix of yellow flowers but which now look as if they are bright Bradshaws red!

This was labelled 'Lady Stratheden' - but it doesn't look as if it's going to turn yellow!!!!  Or is it meant to be red first and then turns yellow?  The 2nd bud on the same stem which you see here looks as if it is going to be yellow.

This was a too long explanation of my confusion - sorry about that.  I'm having a day full of senior moments!

Last edited: 07 June 2016 01:23:16

Camera Talk

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 15:31

GD Sony Cybershots are fantastic bridge cameras.  I had a couple over a few years and moved to DSLR recently and have found that I often wish I had my Cybershot with me at the same time as it produced brilliant photos, particularly the zoom, without all the fiddling I have to do on this DSLR.  Have great fun with your camera.  I found the video on the Cybershots was excellent quality as well.

what's this on my clematis leaves?

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 14:58

plant pauper - I need to gee up with the fairy as well I think.  I'm not experienced with Rose Clear though I bought some this year but always hesitant to use it more than once!  Paranoia about ailing roses!  I'm miffed that absolutely every plant seems to be housing greenfly just now.  This pic is on my strawberry plants (I only have 2 - tiny garden - 2 plants in pots).  Don't want to use Rose Clear on them so it will be a fairy dousing.  I only blasted them with the hose yesterday.  They are driving me mad.

It's the way they just all sit there, hundreds of them - completely oblivious and giving no reaction to my big finger and thumb homing in to squish them.  Every time I squish I shake my hand as if I've just been bitten by something because I'm slightly squeemish with tiny things - but not so with bigger things. LOL!

what's this on my clematis leaves?

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 14:26

sanjy67 - my honeysuckles (new last year and in large pots) have developed those purplings on the leaves as well and since the swarms of greenfly have come to everything this last week, all the new shoots are absolutely covered.  I've given up blasting with the hose every morning before the sun reaches the garden and I'd wondered if my hosing was causing problems.

I have nowhere left in the garden to transplant the two in large pots so am having to leave them where they are in the pots.  I had decided just to leave them and see if things improve as the summer moves along.  Not sure what else to do.   I hadn't thought of using Rose Clear on them so should maybe try that tomorrow morning before the sun hits the garden.


Help I.D. my dwarf 'conifer' please

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 14:14

I agree with Ladybird4.  I have photos of one from the Botanics last year as I loved the colour and it was Hebe armstrongii and it looks as if that is what you have.  But, this is absolutely great to see one with flowers.  Lovely.

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