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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 18:05

B3, it was probably yourself I responded to the other day - I'm terrible at remembering names especially on such a well attended forum - about an umbrella for peonies and poppies.  I meant to put something over these but keep thinking 'ah the rain won't be quite so bad' - I'll leave it another day.  I probably will get around to it.

Bamboo lack of leaves

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 18:00

Joan - are they fairly new, as in a year or two or less?   Photo would be helpful as well as how long you've had them, which ones they are (if you had a label or know that), what size of pot and size of plant, what compost you have them in and your watering/feeding habits and where your pots are in terms of sunlight, shelter, wind etc.  They love moisture and too much drainage affecting drainage resulting in too much dryness can cause  problems but there are some bamboos which don't throw out new shoots or growth in the first year.  Could be any number of things depending on some of the above and other reasons. 

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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 17:48

Will be interested what those in the know respond to this Copperdog as it's something I've often forgotten to ask.  I only have a few Bergenia - Bressingham White and each year in early summer I take the scissors to the brown and yellowing leaves, snip off the faded browning flower stalks and clear up the mess around them and just leave them.  As I have so few, I'm thinking I ought to dig them up and place them farther apart to allow them perhaps more space to grow.  I'm not sure what else to do.  I ought to consult a book maybe but it would be better to hear from experienced folks on here if they have an annual routine which promotes new growth and keeps the plants healthy.  They flower beautifully in the Spring but after the chop mentioned above, I ignore them all summer - and every Spring I regret it as I feel I ought to have had more growth by doing something to assist them spread.

Newly,planted seeds

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 17:23

This is more a humorous response rather than a serious antidote to keeping cats at bay.  Did anyone see a video doing the rounds on Facebook in recent months.  I know a lot of these FB things are fakes - but there was one of the supposed response of cats to putting a cucumber near them.  They all jumped away from it.  Not knowing whether this was genuine or not a friend decided he would try this in his garden.  Being a smart fellow (!?) he bought a basket of plastic vegetables from a poundshop - which had a plastic cucumber in it.  (Stifle the laughter - especially if it's on the bawdy side!!!).  He claims that it worked ...but...let's say none of us have been around as witnesses to the event.  We had hoped he'd have bought a dozen real cucumbers - just to see if the tale resulted in having to buy new ones again and again.

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happy gardening

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 17:16

B3 I agree with you.  Rain is a pain.  We had a week of beautiful sun and my coral oriental poppies started opening on the first day of rain.  We are on day three of rain and I've had one poppy open for each day.  I have 10 buds on this one plant and as we're scheduled for rain for the next week - they are all going to get soaked and ruined if they keep opening at the rate of one a day.

Pic is day 3 today.  Fed up with this - although everything looks beautifully green and lush - even the struggling plant foliage looks good on a rainy day!


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 00:10

I also love the look of that Cosmopolitan Yviestevie.    Never seen it before.  It's lovely.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 23:15

Fif2 - thanks for the compliment but it took about 30 blurs before I found a blighter which settled for a few seconds.  I've been trying to photograph beasties and horrible things but believe me, I can take 20 shots at it to get one decent one - and usually it's by accident.  I have a problem with shaky hands and trying to photograph tiny things in macro is frustratingly difficult - and I trip over a lot not watching where I put my feet.  Fun exercise though.

Steve tGV:  your hedgehogs are great.  Just seeing them in real life and knowing they are in your garden is very special and a story in itself and it's great that you've shared them.  I'm new to the DSLR 'thing' - and I have to delete loads of stuff and just keep a few.  I'd rather have live hedgehogs in my life!

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 23:01

Flowerlover - that rose and clematis - I sigh at such chic.  Brilliant.

Delighted this year to see a reasonable number of bees in this little garden, there are usually only a few.  A few unnaturally hot days (for here!) and the bees are loving the Ceanothis (Concha) which is amazing this year.  They are all over the Cotoneaster and Nepeta. 

The Primula Beesiana are looking promising - although I can't remember if they are Beesiana or the longer name which is Bees.... something else!

Two starling broods screech at each other like banshees most of the day but one little fellow seems to be a bit disoriented and apart from the crowd.  It seems to have something wrong with its balance, whether injury, sight problem or something else.  It fell off the birdpole yesterday right down into my Cirsium 'Mount Etna' with the huge thistle like prickly leaves - don't know if it feels the prickles or not.  It struggled like mad to get out of it and then flew straight into a little section of wire fencing I'd tied to the real fence to keep cats out.  It got its head stuck in the fencing then seemed to calm itself and get its head out - and then it stuck its head into another bit all over again.  It eventually struggled free but I notice the last few days when about 10 other starlings come together to the birdpole - it seems to come along on its own when they are gone and it hangs about with a blackbird and a couple of wood pidgeons.  I look out for it every day now trying to work out what it's weakness is..

Our resident magpies had aerial combat with two in-coming magpies a day or two ago.  Much screeching and swooping all over the place.  All the other birds flew to the rooftops and watched it all for about an hour.  It all stopped when a jackdaw arrived - magpies even flew off at that.  Glad to say the jackdaw hasn't appeared again.  It was becoming a war zone.

But then in a quiet little corner I discovered that the tiny little Helianthemum 'Wisley Primrose' had started to bloom - but I'd put it in such a stupid place that I fell over in the excitement of trying to get a photo of it.  I had thought it was dying because it just seemed to flop but it is blooming.  Although - I only have the one and it looks tiny and lonely in the 'experiment' corner!!!!  But a lovely little thing so must try and get more.  Not sure if it winters well though.  Does anyone have any advice on that score?

Oops!  And up top that would be CeonoTHUS.  I can never pronounce it nor spell it. Ho hum!

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ID would be great

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 22:23

I've decided to err on the side of caution and adhere to the warnings above.  I had a quick look by lifting up the sides of the newly planted ones between my tall pots - and saw enough of bits spreading underneath to think I'd better remove them from where I'd planted them.  Too much scope for spreading to the wrong place!

I will find a container of some sort - hopefully an old stone thing which could be effective with some spread - but not to escape.  They look so lovely - but I'm too negligent to keep a watchful eye.  So container it will be.

Thanks to everyone for the input.  If I'd left them there would certainly have been future problems to come.  Dumped in a plastic bin for now!

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Posted: 10/06/2016 at 09:19

Lilly Pilly - I smile to see your peony protector as after a blistering day yesterday it has rained all morning just as my oriental poppies are unfolding, first one opened yesterday.  They are so like delicate tissue paper that I also don't want the rain to ruin them and have been looking around for bits to make an 'umbrella' also.  First time this particular poppy has produced 10 buds so don't want them all gooey with rain.

This plant always starts with it's original pale pink but often throws up a couple of reds from the same plant.   There is a peony with bulging buds a little distance from it behind the Bowles Mauve wallflower and it will be blasted bad luck if they also open when we're to expect rain for a few days.  So I will be manufacturing another 'umbrella' I think.

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