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Is it wild phlox?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 02:27

Robot:  I found one of these in the garden and didn't notice the similarity until the flowers appeared.  I thought it was a weed and cut down a big bunch of it.  It has the leaves like yours.  Wish I hadn't cut down the bunch now.


Geum rivale 'Leonard's Variety'

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 02:08

Hi Berghill.  I think I've spotted a Blazing Sunset in someone else's garden.  It's very striking.  However, I went a bit mad with 'reds' of all kinds last year and decided to tone things down this year - hence the subtle 'Leonard's Variety' and 'Lemon Drops'.  BUT - I weakened with a couple of Prinses Julianna - bright sharp orange.  In the Spring they looked good surrounded by bluebells but now the bluebells are gone it's pretty bare around them.  So I have Cornflower seedlings growing around them now and am trying to build up a collection of Geranium 'Wargrave Pink' to also put amongst them.  .Maybe sounds a bid of a sickly colour choice, but in the early evening sunlight they look lovely.  When I bought the 'orange' - don't know what the proper name is, wasn't on the pot - I was told because of the bright colour that they are difficult to place - and can understand that as they surely are BRIGHT from a great distance!

The camera has a difficult time taking the true colour - but this is pretty much it. Tempting to wear sunglasses around them.  But glad I got them.  They brightened up things in the Spring and have their place now.

My favourites were the 'Lemon Drops'.  You hardly noticed them on a dull day but when late afternoon sun hit them - they were magical.  Like little yellow fairy lights not of this world.

Think I've breathed in too much of the calcified seaweed mulch today!   Getting all poetic over the plants.


Candelabra Primulas.

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 10:02

Greenshoot and weejenny:  did you see the Gardener's World 27th April programme? They visited RHS Harrow  primula specialist and the chap gave details on how they germinate.   The programme is maybe still on the website.  Was interesting and made me want to try this as well.

Cabbage 'Greyhound'

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 00:45

Hi Dovefromabove.   I suppose the weather could be just as much a factor as anything else.  Week ago we had a couple of days of high temps. from mid-day and it's be little other than rain ever since - and it's continual rain all day every day.  Yes, giving something else a try makes sense if there isn't some bug infestation under where the cabbage where.  If that were the case I'm thinking that maybe the beetroot would have showed flagging signs as well though.  I'm still unsure about the beetroot.  It's taking a beating in the rain so haven't had a close look today.

Oh yes - luck seems to be what I'd need with anything other than flowers at the moment.  My veg. attempts have been hysterical to an extent so far - hysterical in the funny laughter sense - not the other.  An example - take a look at the chives I started off in a little pot on the windowsill.  Started off ok and then this great big thing appeared.  Maybe the birds around the birdtable are dropping off the occasional seed.  You have to laugh!  Any idea what the tall weed-like intruder is?

I left it out of curiosity. 



New roses for old

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 00:22

Paul N:  Many thanks for the reply and advice.  Where it is possible I will be attempting to save what I can by probably moving one or two. 

Naki:  think you should know I'm not a 'he' but a 'she' - and Paul N. - to inject more humour  - the last 2 oldies I dug up were a three-hour solitary battle which involved ripping up those roots which had worked their way under that little stone wall to the garden next door.  Some time later, whilst pondering the advantages of 'Deep Heat' versus it's not so jolly aroma - I could almost bend down far enough to clearly study 2 foot lengths of root in detail knowing full well there will still 'remains' in the ground which I had to 'fight' another day.  For one, I was reduced to using an electric saw!  But that is the one I now regret as it was in the front garden, had beautiful blooms but was 8 foot high, with a 2" thick stem - had beautiful blooms, but was intruding on the public pavement and another garden.  Half of the root is still in the ground as it was completely under a wall and considered unsafe etc.

This one I will always regret.  I don't know what it was - but wondered if it was 'Masquerade'.  And sacrilege - I didn't have time to take cuttings.



GW Presenters

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 23:52

I think that the editing and feature requirements of producing a mere 30 minutes to show once a week is likely a problem.  If you took each presenter that ever was and could allow  them enough time in their area of expertise to really cover each subject or task to the level they personally felt did it in-depth justice - you would probably have the type of programme with content which would satisfy everyone.  I think sometimes it must be impossible for the presenters to give what they want when everything will have to be edited down to cram as much into 30 minutes as is possible.  I'll bet a lot of really good stuff which all viewers would love ends up 'on the cutting room floor' purely due to the time/editing constraints.  It may be that the subject matter is whittled down in the editing choice and much of what we would love to see just doesn't get to the screen.  It was maybe there at time of filming but gets chopped out to fit the number of subjects which 'have' to be covered in the programme.

It can't be much fun for the entire GW team to be restricted to a 30-minute slot.  It's probably the main reason why when the presenters are given longer slots on other programmes, that we find the content more pleasing - because there's more time alloted for the presenters to really spend time on the plants and detailed gardening procedures they love to get stuck into.  I suspect they are all well aware of the limitations and are likely frustrated as much as viewers that they can't just give what we all would like to see.  I'm sure they would if they had the chance.

The only thing about the programme which frustrates me is when a presenter is introducing a plant and talking about it's habits, how to care for etc - but the camera quickly pans away as they are talking - and the full name of the plant is only only the screen for a few seconds.  Maybe it's just me being slow - but if I'm taken with a plant a presenter is talking about - I really struggle to write down the name before it's gone from the screen.  I don't have a recorder to tape the programme and I know the programme can be seen on the website for a while.  But I don't always manage to do that.    It's a bit like watching Chelsea on the tv - the camera pans round or focusses on one aspect of a garden and more time on the presenters talking so that you don't get a good look at the plants.

Sigh - time is money in the media and marketing and sponsorship world.

I like all of the presenters when they are given a decent amount of time to cover a subject.  Sadly 30 minutes often cuts both presenters and guest garden/gardeners off just when you are really beginning to appreciate and become interested in the plants or topics they are giving you a taste of.  I'm sure they'd prefer to be in a position to give more of what everyone would love to see.




Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 23:21

David, generous thought to start this thread.

Can I ask you about feeding?  Mine at the moment are coming up to 3ft high, stems and leaves only as yet.  Usually they start to bloom when they reach about 5ft and upwards.  In previous years I've fed them liquid tomato feed round about this stage prior to flowering and fed them about every 10 days thereafter. 

BUT - now we're having continual rain and if it continues for another week or so, is it wise to continue feeding.  Last feed was about 10 days ago.

Anything you would suggest?   Thank you.

Making a woodland garden

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 23:12

Hi woodlandgardener.  On the Monty question - in one of the Spring tv Gardener's World's  - think it was 20th April, he was planting in his woodland area and talking about most of the ground cover and plants being weeds coming up or some plants smothering others - I think.  I'd need to look back.  But he was discussing planting 'into' the existing growth so that the plants he was planting would thrive and the ones he didn't want so much would be stopped from taking over the new ones.  It was something like that.   Someone else might remember this.  It made sense at the time - if you track the programme down it might be of help to you.

New roses for old

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 22:59

Naki - I'm sorry if I seem to have hijacked your thread here.  I'm terrible for doing this if I see someone posting a problem similar to mine - I jump at the chance to ask questions whenever someone with experience appears on the thread and seems to know the answers to the problems.  Sorry about that.

New roses for old

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 22:56

Paul N:   Can I pick your brains here?

The old roses which I have been reluctantly removing are in a garden which I have known of for over 20 years but only been gardening in for 3.  To my knowledge these roses were planted at least 15 years before I knew this garden.  So I'm assuming they were put in the ground at least 35 years ago.  Each one had between 2 and 4 1" thick dormant brown woody dormant stems which seemed to have been cut off about 6" high and left as they were.    From this I thought there must have been continual rejuvenation work on these roses over a period of years.

Second factor:  The garden has much changed since these roses were planted.  Each was planted only a few inches in from a surrounding low stone wall.  Also, there are now trees growing to a height of about 15-20ft near the roses which have substantial canopies which would not have been the case when the roses were planted.  So none of them are in full-sun all day and having heard about 'toxic drip' from trees I'm wondering if this is part and parcel of the consistent mildew.  The mildew always appears when the tree canopies are mature round about mid-May. 

Do these sound like reasonable assumptions to make as contributing factors to the weakness and failure of the old roses?  I'd probably add to that the fact that I have been pruning them to a third of growth in early Spring each year.  Feeding them as soon as leaves appear and feeding again round about mid-June each year.  Which may also have been a contributing factor to their demise?  Pruning too much so that the new stems were too weak to support the 'one bud per stem' outcome - as well as there always being stems which produced no buds at all?

I think I've tried as much as my level of confidence has allowed, but to be honest, I'm tired trying each year to improve them and not succeeding.  For sanity's sake I'm tempted to dig them all up.  Getting rid really does bring on a dose of guilts though. 

I inherited 8 roses earlier this year from a family member which were part of the old family home and am on tenterhooks to look after them well.  They are in a different bed.  Won't know until they bloom what they are - so I wait in hope that they will fair better in my inexperienced hands.





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