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White Primula (alpine)

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 22:30


I think Verbena looks likely to me.  I dashed out after a heavy shower this afternoon and took clearer photos of both and they certainly are not that similar.  The one with the dark foliage and is more bushy is as you say likely a Verbena.  The one with only two long stems and light green thin foliage overpowered by the Aquilegia patch is the Primula.  It's difficult to see the how delicate the Primula is as everything has had such a soaking in the afternoon showers.

Thanks so much for the responses.  I had lovely Peaches n' Cream Verbena in a tub last year which were beautiful and I'd completely forgotten how lovely they are in such a range of colours.


solar powered water feature

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 22:04


starlily we splashed out (excuse the pun) on a solar powered one last year and we love it.  It is a bit big maybe -- I forget the exact dimensions - about two foot high and two and a half feet across.  It's called Fairy in a Clam Shell.  We couldn't have electric connection and I was apprehensive about trying it so it had to be solar power for me.  It has worked really well but perhaps looks a bit naff and over the top to some people.  It was much bigger than I expected even though the online ad gave dimensions.

The garden was covered in scaffolding and builders stuff for most of last summer and is a total mess and I'm only beginning to do a Spring tidy up and plan the garden out again.  This photo was taken this month but she is in a temporary position until the real tidying is done.  It's a very resilient feature.  It was outdoors under a table all winter.  I just took the little solar thing inside over winter and when I plugged it in this April it automatically started right away on a sunny day.  Took 4 hours to charge up, comes with rechargeable batteries.  She looks better in the summer in a permanent position with good foliage and plants around her.  I even sometimes take the wings off which make her look a bit less flamboyant and a bit more classical!  We love her and you can adjust the strength and type of fountain and it also comes with a little light thing which can be plugged in for under the water in the evening.  She's certainly not to everyone' taste and is a bit big, but really easy to do and easily moved around.


Broken branch Pieris Forest Flame

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 09:40

Surprised me Bilje that it seems to have worked with no infection repercussions (so far)

Broken branch Pieris Forest Flame

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 09:34



Update from last year (2013).  I did as suggested last summer and tied the branch together with a little soft pad with garden wire holding it together and it seems to have done the trick really well.  It  melded (not sure if that's a word!)together and has produced bells for the first time.  The green foliage I think needs a feed though but not sure.


White Primula (alpine)

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 09:25


Hello everybody.  Anyone know their white primula?  I bought three little white plants in pots yesterday which had no labels.  I bought them because I thought they might be Primula sieboldii 'Alba'.  I had bought two last year which were tiny plugs and are only now coming up with flowers and little new foliage.

However, the new plants from yesterday look much tougher with flower panicles (?) slightly different although the leaves look pretty similar but darker and tougher.  I'm thinking these are probably not the sieboldii 'Alba' but something similar.  Whatever they are I love them.

Does anyone know their primulas enough to be able to tell if they are in fact the same plants or something different?  Thank you.



Posted: 01/05/2014 at 09:17

 Update from last year (2013).  Did as advised last year and left the foliage.  Chopped it to ground in February and here are both of the transplanted sections May 1st 2014.  Your advice was spot on and the one which had the larger remaining root attachments has 3 buds  (bottom photo) which I'm amazed and pleased to see.  Thanks everyone.

Hellebores in April

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 09:11

Many thanks fidgetbones and Berghill.   Will get feeding and leave the leaves till January.


Hellebores in April

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 00:21


 Beautiful white hellebores covered in this new shoots this year and most leaves browning, curling and then wilting down to the ground.   After swiping off all the larvae type things I'm wondering if I ought to chop the foliage to ground level and leave or get the plants out of the ground, chop the foliage off and replant in pots or treat with something.  They are beautiful whites and would be sorry if I make a mess of trying to rectify what's going on. 

Any tactics anyone?

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'columnaris'

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 00:13

 All 6 of our small cypress began to brown last year and here is one of the last ones this week.  I've been digging them all up.  It's such a pity as they were a lovely bright green and had set shape in our little garden.  Time for a change I suppose.  We lost our little box pyramids at the end of last summer as well.


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 00:03


 Oops!  I thought the photos were geum and that the leaves looked like some of my geum.  In this photo taken today the yellow buds in the foreground are geum Prinses Julianne (never sure of the correct spelling).  The buds come up yellow and then turn startling orange as the flower opens. It opens very near the colour of the young orange wallflower in the photo immediately behind the yellow geum buds. I would never have guessed that one of the photos was a buttercup.  Nature is amazing with all the similarities of many species etc. 

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