Latest posts by yarrow2

Allium Purple Sensation

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 11:40


Hello everyone.

My allium 'Purple Sensation' are beginning to burst their pods to flower - but all of them are only a foot tall.  I had expected them to be much taller.  Do you know if they put on any more height once the pods have opened?

They've been watered regularly as the wind here has been brutal and the ground is always drying out.  I haven't fed them.  Maybe I should have?



Identification needed

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 20:07

I've just found it - on an Australian website!  .  "Dwarf Yellow Broom" - Cytisus racemosus nana.  I thought it would remain miniature but says it grows to 1.5-2m High and 1-1.5 m wide.  Says prune well, most well drained not overly rich soil and good in large tubs.  It says it only blooms yellow in the Spring...but that may be Aussie spring! Maybe it will keep some colour here over summer.  If it doesn't, I like the foliage and I think I'll pop them into my two big half barrel tubs where my crocuses are just going back now, put some annuals in with them just for this summer and see how they grow.

Thanks for the replies everyone.  Appreciate your time. x

Identification needed

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:25


Hi everyone.  I've just bought two of these without labels.  They are about a foot tall as they are today and in plastic pots.  I've put them inside heavier blue pots temporarily so they don't blow around the garden (I've run out of space - no corners).

They are very light and look like a broom.  Where the plant comes out of the pot the stems are about 2" tall and each half an inch thick and then the foliage starts.  The foliage is very light.  I was attracted by the airiness and lightness.

Anyone know what they are and how they are likely to grow and mature?  Many thanks.



Bush Identification and advice...

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:19

Anyone think it's Skimmia?  From the little white bobbly bits where it would flower?

Plant Identification

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 17:47



There's orangey........

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:20

Hi Verdun - thanks for naming the orange lillies as 'Enchantment' - that's what mine were.  You see - I must have disliked them so much that I became negligent even of their name!  They were beautifully strong I have to say.   I think the fault with me was that I probably never placed them somewhere imaginative enough to grow to love them. ?

Replacing membrane on established gravel garden

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 01:32

Mark, my garden is only about 30ft x 20ft and 3 years ago I decided to make paths down each side.  I dampered down the soil really hard for days until it was solid, put membrane on the top and put a 3" layer of lovely pebbles.  Also, I did the same for about 20ft x 4ft rectangular up close to the house.  It was just dandy but this year in February I decided to try and lift the membrane and replace it because grass and weeds were growing through in places and also the pebbles were beginning to sink down due to weather - lots of rain and so forth.  I had no plants growing in these areas though.

I scraped pebbles away - was a nightmare, took hours - and I shovelled them onto bin bags placed flat on the tiny lawn.  I started pulling up the membrane and in places it was so solidly onto the hard soil underneath that it was really difficult to get sections of it up without it tearing.  It was good quality black membrane at the time!  I hosed the pebbles to get the mud off - but after 3 days I gave up.  I just poured the pebbles back where they had been, some on left membrane, some just on top of the rock solid soil under the membrane.  It looks really shoddy now.  It was such hard work.  I couldn't understand why so many of the pebbles had managed to work their way down through the membrane and into the solid soil.  I had 28 bags of pebbles for each path - bags the size of large compost bags.

I don't have the heart to do anything about it this year.  Just thinking about maybe getting someone in to do it next spring.  I don't have horsetail though.  Loads of dandelions and grass coming up but I have had to resort just to clipping the dandelions but small clumps of grass come out easily. But, I've neglected it and there are larger clumps of grass taking over. 

If you still keep having problems with the horsetail - I'd see if you can get a local gardening person in - the good sort who know what they're doing and don't cost a fortune.  I know how dispiriting it can be to keep trying and never quite getting there.

Best of luck.

Is it only me ??

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 01:19

I cheat! I cut sections of an old rubber hose and I stick it in the middle so that the bottom of the hose section reaches to the bottom of the basket.  When I water, I fill up the hose section and then water the top of the basket. Seems to work.  You can't see the hose section sticking up when the plants have grown so I just need to part the plants and water down the length of hose.  Not very glamorous - but it keeps the bottom nice and moist. 

There's orangey........

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 00:55

I love Emilia Irish Poet which I sow direct in the garden as part of my tiny wildflower patch.  I mash all the colours together of the tall seeds sown so I mix it in with Tall Blue Cornflower, Scarlet Flax and Nigella.  You need a good clump of them to have any effect.  I always find they are the last seeds to shoot though which is a bit frustrating and they end up looking a mess if they're in a windy spot.

Love also a deep orange wallflower - don't know the name - cheap B&Q plugs last year just labelled 'Wallflower' which have grown to 4 foot this year - and I mixed them with a pale peachy wallflower.  They smell lovely and look great with the more subtle peach.

I had lovely geums 3 years ago - but last year not a single one of the 4 plants appeared at all.  Eaten from below I suspect or the winter 'did for them'.  Maybe they don't last many years.  They were startling in amongst bluebells.

I did have orange lilies - think they were called Splendour?  Had them in a clump in a pot.  They bloomed strongly and hugely every year but for some reason I took a real dislike to them.  I stealthily ignored them last year - didn't water or feed - and they still bloomed like mad.  In the autumn I tipped them out and got rid.  I don't miss them.  I couldn't describe what it was I didn't like about them though.  Only the second time I've 'disliked' a plant after the first year.  (The other dislike was pink fluffy astilbes.  After 3 years I could bear them no longer.  It was just too much pink and they got bigger and bigger and bigger...).

Roses in pots

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 00:42


Sorry to take so long to get back here.  Thanks so much for your advice.  I mixed 1 third top soil, 1 third John Innes 3 and 1 third multi-p.

However, here's a question.  The wind has been brutal for two weeks with occasional hail but settling now to normal wind and a little sunshine during the day.  I've had to put both pots together for the time-being to get a little shelter - although the garden is really exposed.  Surrounded on all sides by high flats but the wind comes over the roofs and circles around all day from all directions.

The nearest rose in a pot in this photo is 'Lady of Shallot'.  A climber, but I saw some photos and read some websites which have it just growing normally in a pot and not climbing.  I'm planning to do this now.  However, if you look at the photo there is one substantial shoot sticking out horizontally.  Presumably (?) that would be a strong leader if placing it horizontally to climb?  As I'm not going for 'climb' I'm wondering what should I do with this shoot - should I cut it back?  There is no new growth on it - and I can't tell if there ever will be.  I'm not sure if I'm supposed to just leave it as it is.

Also, if I just leave it to grow normally - should I remove those insubstantial miniature trellises the roses came attached to, if I want the rose just to round out?

Sorry to ask such naïve questions - I've never potted roses before and I haven't a clue how to support them, or not support them as they are - and I don't want to do something stupid and ruin them!

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