Latest posts by yarrow2

Small fast flying bird

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 23:24

Not swallows or swifts?  You would know by the wing shape.

Small fast flying bird

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 23:15

Does it do it silently or does it make a lot of noise as well?  Can you hear it before you see it?

Tips on attracting positive insects?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 00:23

Hi Chris.  How lucky you are to have red clovers.  I haven't seen them for years even in the wild!

My camera is appalling for macro as well.  I'm sure it has some function which does it and I haven't figured it out yet.  It's a Sony Cybershot and it's driving me nuts!

Next step for rose cuttings

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 23:28

Fabulous result from cuttings - they look so healthy.  Very well done!  I must try some but have never had the courage.  Your mum would be chuffed.

Plant ID and bug info

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 23:23

Thanks sanjy67.  I feel like I've been waiting for ever on these buds to actually flower.  I'm sure they can sense my impatience!

poorly aquilegia

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 23:19

Allyblueeyes - I can appreciate your problem.  My aquilegias were glorious last year but this year they have been really poor with a lot of buds which look twisted and tight.  My lovely Nora Barlow's didn't appear at all and my hybrids are all quite small with some not even producing buds.  They're usually all stunning.    I'm up in Scotland.

Plant ID please anyone

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 23:04

 This is growing just over my fence.  Is your mystery plant this?  I don't know what it is but I'm sure someone can tell me.

2m x 7m Path to nowhere

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 12:01

The 'white' idea would look spectacular a la WillDB above.  You could have a bird table above the wall with feeders - with the hedges up above you'd be bound to attract birds and great winter viewing out your windows.  Left side, you could have hanging baskets attached to the wall in-keeping with the 'white' theme - even hang a hosta or two with some white shade trailers.

There's a lot you could do with that space.  You could have many plants which would trail down that wall.

A great challenge!

Plant ID and bug info

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 11:43

This is the bud today with the sticky stuff all over it and now on the leaves.


So here I am with my peony again a year on from these posts last year and I'm wondering if the buds are actually going to open this year.  Last year they didn't.  They swelled - and didn't open - and there was the business with the bug around all the time.

This year, I have more buds - the excitement last year was that the peony had survived being moved as a couple of root cuttings from a neighbour digging up the peony and throwing it out.  It's back to early June again, I have 7 buds this year but they are still tight and not opening.  The very stem which the bug played with for days last year had the first bud to appear - and now the bud is secreting a sticky stuff covering the entire bud and one of the leaves below the bud.

This is peony paranoia as the buds didn't reach flowering stage last year.  If I remember I think it rained for weeks and there was no sunshine - but I can't remember.  I'm worried that the buds are going to stay tight closed again or if I ought to just wait - or if the sticky stuff comes from the peony itself or a bug has chosen it to covet for itself and it's the bug producing the sticky stuff.

I need someone to go 'LOL this is normal, this is what peony buds do'!  But maybe they don't.  All the neighbourhood peonies have been blooming for weeks but I thought as mine is just a root uplifted year before last, that it may not successfully get to blooming until it's matured?  But would be great to know if it looks as if I have bug problems which stop the buds flowering.  I was wondering whether to gently wipe off the goo with a damp cloth and soapy water.

Any advice anyone?


Identify Shrubs

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 11:19

Yes it is Piping Widow.  Best thing to do is add some photos to your messages here by clicking on the little green tree symbol and uploading then saving photos which will then appear in your message. Sometimes best to load just one or three photos at a time.    That way everyone on this forum can have a look and identify what they can for you.  Everyone loves the challenge and I'm sure you will get the answers you need.


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Insects, Bugs, beasties

What is this? 
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Oh Lord...what a stink

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ID would be great

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ID but maybe a difficult one?

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Human fell on it! 
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ID would be great

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Are these seeds or will they be red berries? 
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ID Please

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I.D. Please

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Impatiens - outdoors

Soil, semi-shade? 
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The Big News in Edinburgh

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Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Should they be purple when they open? 
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Bergenia 'Sissinghurst White'

Can I get seeds from these? 
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