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identify please

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:57

It looks almost like rhododendron griersonianum - from the leaves and flower colour.

Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 08:52

How fabulous!  One of favourite books from the local charity shop is 'Blooms of Bressingham' (the 1992 publication).

Have a great visit and look forward to seeing some photos.  Hope the weather stays good for you.

Pale yellow or lemon plants

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 10:05

Wow!  What a quick brilliant response.  Thanks so much everyone.  They are all great suggestions.  I've looked up all of them and they all fit the bill.  Have to say Victoria Sponge the artemis EC Buxton is a perfect colour of what was in my mind and I like the idea of the aromatic leaves and - coincidence - I sowed some Yellow Toadflax yesterday.  Tried it last year and no success so more hopeful this year.  I'd never seen a pale yellow scabious which sounds ideal as well.  I also Auntiemand really fancy the phlomis.  And Dove and Victoria Sponge - the achillea Credo looks great too.  It would also be lovely to have Lemon Balm, I've thought about it for a while but never found any locally.  Maybe I will this year because it's so popular there's bound to be some around just now. I am going to have to seek and find locally.

Thanks so much everybody.  This is a great help.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 09:44

What memories have been brought back to me reading through this thread.  Songs and artists I'd forgotten.  Only time I've played music in the garden was when I first dug the whole thing up with the spade my only gardening tool at the time.  A nightmare of 4 days but with headphones on needed inspirational get up and get going stuff.  For ironing as well I always start with Murray Head's 'Say It Aint So Joe' and from influence of son and gift from him Nirvana Unplugged fuels determination. We are mad on music in our house with a wide range of stuff but I'm mellowing into memories of yore more often these days.  Love Mozart, Andrea Bocelli, have a few Lanza (from watching films when young).  Surprising favourite song when cooking comes from the film 'Country Strong' with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw singing 'Me And Tennessee'.  Soft spot for Tom Waits, early Springsteen, Otis, Neil and Joni, Richard Thompson (we love guitar), Eva Cassidy for quiet times, mad about the old musicals - favourite Doris Day singing 'Love Me or Leave Me' from film of same name and loved Reese Witherspoon and Joaquim Phoenix's version of 'Jackson' from the film 'Walk The Line'.  Odd ones I listen to 'Hymn to Red October' from said film.  And someone mentioned the brilliant Callas 'La Mamma Morta' from Philadelphia.  Also for a laugh ironing love Ewan McGregor singing 'Your Song' from Moulin Rouge.  We have a lot of du Pre.  Liverpool fans singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' always brings a tear to my eye.  Paulo Nutini's 'Alloway Grove' is a favourite and I fell for the Only Boys Aloud Christmas album - Paradise and Don't Stop Believin get the dishes washed faster!  Could go on all day on music.  Lovely to read this thread. The Clash oh yeah.  Better stop - could go on all day.

Beastie artwork

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 08:50

Agreed.  There are a lot of snails and slugs around the Honesty which drop through from the wild garden next door.  I had thought it might be one of those but wasn't prepared for the neat white edging around this hole.  If anyone knows what caused this, would be interested to hear.

Pale yellow or lemon plants

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 08:47

Hi everyone.  I'm really lacking 'yellows' in the garden and would ideally like to find some lemon coloured or pale yellow plants to have in small groups in borders and a couple of small beds.  Not as strong coloured as marigolds and coreopsis for instance.

I already have a couple of robust potentilla but would like something more delicate looking and not a bush,  but strong and upright.  Not too tall - say up to 2 foot high.  Soil is 6-7+ ph and would be in full sun.  Also being Scotland - something which could get through winters and a fair amount of wet.  Have good drainage.

I'm lost for ideas and every year I realise I have no nice subtle lemons or yellows and would dearly like to have some.

Any advice?

Beastie artwork

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 08:34


You have to hand it to the little blighters...they do amazingly efficient work.  My 'Honesty' is turning to seed now and the lower leaves are full of these holes.  I'm assuming that's the culprit creeping along the top edge of the leaf. 


tree enquiry

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 23:00

There's a group of photographers who post photos of different places in Edinburgh on a website and on Facebook every day.  They go absolutely everywhere.  You should check out their website and ask them to go along there and take a photo.  They'd likely do it.  I think they are under the name of 'Edinburgh Spotlight'.  I would go and do it myself but I'm tied up at home for a while.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 22:55

Wow!  What amazing gardens and what expertise and years of experience.  So great to see.  Better than going to a show. x

Woodland plant id's please

Posted: 13/05/2014 at 22:48

That Hogweed looks lovely close up.  Isn't amazing how intricate and beautiful some of the plants we term 'weeds' are.  Especially some of the tiniest ones which can so irritate us in our gardens.

I ought to look this up - and I suppose I still can, but I'll bet that people on here will have good answers - around what era or whereabouts and when did the term 'weed' come into British vocabulary?  Did 'weed' always mean plants considered troublesome or was there some complex meaning which is not as how we generalise about a 'weed' these days?

I'm tempted to go off and look for anecdotes and fame and fables now.

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