London (change)
Today 13°C / 8°C
Tomorrow 12°C / 9°C


Latest posts by yarrow2

Can any confirm identification please?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:41

This clump has come up this Spring.  I've never had it before and don't know how it got here - it's not in any surrounding gardens.  Is it Bugloss?


anyone else think this 'extended' winter, means a good summer

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 12:37

Here in Edinburgh - I'm in the town and the little garden is surrounded by high buildings.  BUT - the wind somehow swirls around and everything ends up leaning over in one direction, even with a reasonable amount of shelter.  Last years continual rain made me decide to stick to quite tough perennials and shrubs this year.  I went mad last year doing most things from seed but my favourite annuals were only really worthwhile when I'd limited them to pots and could move them around to cope with the blasted weather.  They didn't have much survival or quantity of bloom power in constant rain.

So I'm being really cautious this year and sticking to as many touch shrubs and perennials as I can manage which I think will put up a decent show if the weather turns out to be minimal sunny days. 

Can anybody tell me why on the blue band at the bottom of my thread posts it says 'Path' and I can't post any photos anymore?  Have I committed a sin of some kind and being technically toyed with - i.e. has some setting to be changed to allow me to once again post photos?  Also when trying to post this thread - where I've tried to type the letters path, it replaces with a Smiley sticking it's tongue out?  Which might happen here as I've tried to type it again.

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 12:27

Just saw Friday's GW on catch-up tv this morning.  Thought it was fabulous.  Lots packed in there, happy relaxed looking presenters and plants, plants, plants. The couple with the fabulous garden in Cornwall was really uplifting as well.  Rock on GW - it hit my spot bang on.

Meant to say about the earlier programme and the subject of Monty's path.  Thought it was an amazing path and a brilliant job.  It must have been heartbreaking coping with the extent of the flooding which had been shown in the photographs in the programme.  I have a tiny garden with difficult path drainage problems and although all my digging and gardening is done with very basic tools and is a solitary interest - I'm inspired now to get to grips with my temporary paths and get down to a deeper dig and fight the drainage problem.  Har har!

Skimmia japonica 'Thereza'

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 12:17

Thanks Nigelcoad.  Appreciate response.

Skimmia japonica 'Thereza'

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 11:25

Sorry folks.  The photos come up in the message before I 'post' it - but after 'posting' the photos are not there.

Skimmia japonica 'Thereza'

Posted: 23/03/2013 at 11:19



  Bought and planted (2 days ago) two of these lovely  about 1 foot high Skimmia japonica 'Thereza' which should fill dappled shade/moist soil gaps in a small border when they eventually  grow to their full size.    However, as have bought them likely at peak of flowering (?) - am wondering that as they are so compact with lots of flowering heads - should I lop off the flowering heads (as was suggested to me) to encourage spring and summer foliage growth?  Am not keen to do this as the fragrance was the huge attraction in buying them, as well as that I think they will perfectly suit my gap spots in this garden.  In these leaden sky dull miserable days - they cheer me up and lighten up the partial shade spot they are in.  But I want to do what is wisest for the future growth of these young shrubs. 

Does anybody have any advice on this?  From the look of them I'm imagining that they will soon be past this lovely fragrant flowering spell - or is that not the case?   It seems also that they are 'male' plants so I won't get berries unless I acquire 'female' Skimmia to plant nearby - but doubt I have the space to do that.

Thanks for any comments or advice.  (Have tried posting this several times and whilst never had any problems in past - the photographs disappear when I try to post the thread.  Forgive if they disappear again and have to do without the photos.  They appear when I've typed the thread and have inserted the photos - but when 'posted' it comes up without the photos.  Fingers crossed for this attempt)




Plant identification

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 23:12


I have iris shoots coming up which look ' a bit'  like that - but I suppose there are a huge number of plants which look the same at the root stage.   My bulbs were planted back in October/November though.   Do you think it was flower or vegetable he planted?  Could it be a fritillary if it's a flower?

Plant identification

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 23:02

I have iris shoots coming up which look like that - but I suppose there are a huge number of plants which look the same at the root stage.   My bulbs were planted back in October/November though but are the same size as in your photo.

Fear of messing with old roses

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 02:29

BobTheGardener - thanks for the reply.  Understand what you're saying.  I remember a presenter once suggesting that with all plants it's wiser to buy them where you get all the detail of what the plant is, species name or whatever.  I'm often tempted though to buy the occasional thing if the price seems good (two for one for instance) and I fall for that thing of being impressed by the tiny photograph of a bloom - which I suppose gives more of an impression of a bloom as opposed to how the plant will look when it actually grows.

Rosa - last year was the first time I had the roses in the garden so I have no past experience with them whatsover.  I think luck and a little general pampering was on my side last year.

Dovefromabove - thanks for the link.  I had thumbed through an extremely large book of roses and looked at various internet sites and of course the one you have highlighted would have been the obvious one to consult.  Coral Flower Carpet is a match I agree.  Thanks so much for that.  It's a great site.  I spent ages just drooling over the collection of roses on the website.

Winter wonders

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 02:08

Gorgeous Happy Marion.   You are so right about the little differences in conditions.  Love these colours - lovely pot display and nice to see it.  Very cheering.  Love to see your photos.

Discussions started by yarrow2

Geranium oxonianum

'Wargrave Pink' 
Replies: 2    Views: 285
Last Post: 22/07/2013 at 17:45


Transplanting divisions 
Replies: 6    Views: 285
Last Post: 22/07/2013 at 21:41

Mystery plant

Potted last year 
Replies: 3    Views: 303
Last Post: 17/06/2013 at 22:48

Broken branch Pieris Forest Flame

Cat landed on it and snapped it 
Replies: 8    Views: 419
Last Post: 18/06/2013 at 13:18

Can anyone identify?

Bulbs planted in autumn - are these aliums? 
Replies: 4    Views: 429
Last Post: 18/05/2013 at 23:34

Zaluzianskya 'Orange Eye'

Planting advice 
Replies: 3    Views: 645
Last Post: 13/05/2013 at 23:20

Can any confirm identification please?

Is this Bugloss? 
Replies: 15    Views: 593
Last Post: 16/05/2013 at 21:41

Skimmia japonica 'Thereza'

Young flowering plant - what next? 
Replies: 3    Views: 717
Last Post: 23/03/2013 at 12:17

Fear of messing with old roses

What to do and identification 
Replies: 11    Views: 528
Last Post: 17/03/2013 at 10:22

Ice-cream Penstemons - 'Melting Candy'

What on earth can I do with this? 
Replies: 2    Views: 631
Last Post: 31/07/2012 at 20:22

Geraniums (not Pelargoniums)

Blooming season 'Mrs Kendall Clark' 
Replies: 17    Views: 1202
Last Post: 01/08/2012 at 18:32

Identify bug?

Lot of these about - friend bug or not? 
Replies: 14    Views: 778
Last Post: 22/07/2012 at 10:01

Identify these anyone?

Tiny black creepy crawlies on crocosmia leaves 
Replies: 4    Views: 545
Last Post: 10/07/2012 at 02:17


Flower stalks drying/turning brown 
Replies: 4    Views: 673
Last Post: 02/07/2012 at 23:04

Identify plant

Perfumed, yellow wallflower-like - wildflower? 
Replies: 3    Views: 743
Last Post: 26/06/2012 at 21:26
1 to 15 of 27 threads