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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 00:39

Oh Lyn - your photo has me pining for where I was brought up in the countryside.  Being in the city now I really miss getting up in the morning and seeing hills and fields all round.  That's a great border and a fantastic view.

Pleased to have a new garden visitor.

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 00:36

You lucky devil Jack.  What a combination.  I've never seen a woodpecker at a feeder before.  What luck and great to be able to get these photos.

ID for this one

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 00:33

That's it Lyn!  Thanks so much.  I'd thought I'd imagined the word 'curry' in the conversation at the time and so it subsequently slipped my mind.

Veronica's what now.

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 00:30

Glad you asked your question Don my Ton and for your answer Verdun.  I've recently planted a couple of 'Red Fox' and was wondering the same thing.  Came across a note in a book today which said to cut the done spikes to prolong flowering right up until Autumn.  Would be great if they really can be kept going that long.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 00:24

Hi Beaus Mum, you're absolutely right about the pottery cones drying out very quickly so a little alpine sounds ideal. 

Yes we've had three blazing hot days and I was overly excited when the forecasted showers came down bang on time with met office predictions this afternoon and evening here in Edinburgh.   I was about to get the hose out but couldn't conceal my glee that rain was going to do the perfect job instead. 

Noted your comment to Bizzieb on hydrangeas this year.  One success has been a white macrophyllia which this year has grown three times it's size and is covered in blooms with many more on the way.  Couldn't believe such rapid growth. In fact it's so big (compared to what it was) that it's taken over the spot where my yellow dutch iris were coming up nicely but they have no chance now.  Not complaining though!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 00:05

Spotted them on Amazon when I was looking for ordinary hanging baskets.  I didn't really note the dimensions at the time so had expected them to be a little larger.  They are 'cute' though but I can't think of anything much that could grow in them for any length of time.  They're only about 15cm diameter at the top.  They come from a pottery in England somewhere - I forget where and I meant to take a note of it to see what else they have.  They brighten up a dull spot where there isn't room for anything else and they have proved to be eye-catching.

ID for this one

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 23:59


Hi everybody.  I was given two of these when someone was having a clear out.  I was given them with some herbs but didn't get the name of this one.  Planted them a month or so ago.  If you trail your hand in this foliage it smells distinctly herby - very strong and tangy.  One suggestion has been that it will grow tiny yellow flowers at the top of each strong.  The other suggestion was that it will stay as it is and that it is a herb of some kind.  Both of them are about a foot high and have not grown any taller in a month - if that helps at all.

Does anyone know it? 

Thanks in advance.


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 23:48



Pete8, your Eryngium are absolutely stunning.  I definitely want to get some next year.

No stars in my garden this year as had all kinds of problems with flies, bugs and everything that swarms and eats.  So I've dug up an awful lot of established plants which just seem to be failing for one reason or another.  Bit of a disappointing year so far when things should be at their peak.

However, I bought a couple of tiny little hanging terracotta things - hard to get anything small enough to actually sit well in them, but in the evening light they have a 'cute' factor with mini red petunias.  I was also late doing baskets and managed to grab some cheap leftover wilting and damaged plants  from B&Q and they are now coming along.  So they are quite cheering.


Clematis problem with leaves

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 23:36

Hi Amabel.  My Polish Spirit is in a very large pot and every year I get yellowing leaves, some dried and curled up on the bottom couple of feet.  I pick them off and bin them.  It never affects the flowering or happens above this level.  I don't know what causes it and sometimes wonder if it's connected to the plants I have growing in front of it to shade the lower stems and help keep the roots cool.  I get a lot of spiders webs, found caterpillars in behind the lower leaves which then curled up and discoloured.  Sorry this isn't much help, but I've found that if the discolouring and damage happens round about the bottom section, the rest of the plant seems to stay fine.

Plants to identify

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 23:31




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