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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!

Last edited: 10 June 2016 23:03:42

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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!

Last edited: 10 June 2016 22:24:52

Garden Pictures 2016

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.

Last edited: 10 June 2016 09:22:30

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Posted: 09/06/2016 at 01:13

Thanks for that everyone.  I'm such a sad git that I'd only come across 'Mind Your Own Business' from an old episode of 'Rosemary & Thyme' - yes yes I know - my viewing choices are debateably droll!

I had no idea it was so invasive - it looks so deceptively innocent.  The little mounds seem to have stopped spreading outwards for the moment.  I haven't detected any odour and when I crushed a chunk it smelled of weed - not very pleasant.  They are lovely and spongey - I keep standing on one which I have in a space between pavings.  I'd better keep an eye out for their habit adamadamant and Jason.  Thanks for the warnings.

aym280 - 'quaint' - that's me really.  A sometime quaint curmudgeon - but I do like them in between the pots.  Thank you.

Last edited: 09 June 2016 01:15:10


Posted: 09/06/2016 at 01:00

Thanks GuernseyDonkey2 for the Bradshaw response.  I love the little Cooky.  It's very cheeky but delicate - nice flower.

My Prinses Julianne or Julianna - the name seems to vary in publications - have gone very tall this year.  They used to be about 2ft but this year are about 4ft and more.  Maybe they go tall with age - this is their 5th year.  On the other hand - maybe it's their swan-song before they disappear altogether.  I've had other geums over the years bloom surprisingly one year and then the plant seemed to just go dormant.  I'm sorry for posting another photo of the same old flower bed - but I'm so chuffed with the brightness of the Julianne with the centranthus.  They really cheer me up and they're lovely in the evening light.

Cooky is on it's own at the moment - but shall have to try and remedy that for next year if I get a seed or two this year.

Camera Talk

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 15:31

What an utterly stunning field of lupins.  Wouldn't it be great to see 'unused' areas around the country just planted with surprises.  Think of the smiles it would raise.  Beautiful steephill.

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Posted: 07/06/2016 at 01:37

I bought these when they were tiny in 3" pots and thought I'd see how much they would spread maybe around paving stones.  There was no label on them and I forgot to ask what they were.

I can't edge my little patch of grass because a few years ago I made pebble paths without putting edging in first.  Over the years the pebbles sunk into the soil and the grass untidily grows over the pebbles.  I wasn't strong enough to dig the pebbles up and now neither a spade nor a lawn edger can be used as they just hit layers of pebbles.

My lazy idea was to plant these little green things spaced out in the actual remains of the pebble paths and stand tallish pots in between - my sort of cheap shabby French look or something.  It looks ragged but I really like it and makes me feel it takes away a bit from the mess of the no lawn edging!

I'd like to know what these little green cress-like plants are because I haven't been able to find any more and I'd like to duplicate this look in another messy patch.  My lazy gardener approach maybe - but it was a quick fix when I just don't have the energy to deal with the pebbles.

Anyone know what they are called?  They have grown into little mounds about 4" high and have spread to about 8" wide.  I'm also assuming they're likely annuals ? and are not likely to survive the winter where I've planted them.


Posted: 07/06/2016 at 01:20

Guernsey Donkey 2 - after the above discussions, I weakened and bought a couple of fairly mature Mrs Bradshaw's and found one Cooky which is great.

I had 2 what were labelled Lady Stratheden - but I'm wondering if the labels were mixed up where I bought them because one bud has flowered today and it looks the same red as the separately bought Mrs Bradshaws.  Some geums I've had in the past had a bud colour only during the budding time and the colour was different when they flowered fully.  I haven't been able to find any description of Lady Stratheden blooming red first and then turning yellow - so I'm thinking whoever put the labels on the pots has made a mistake.

The Lady Stratheden's were bought some time ago and are in a different part of the garden from the Mrs Bradshaws I planted a few days ago - so I didn't muddle them.  I'm really disappointed, much as I love Bradshaws, that I now have two Strathedens which were planted with a mix of yellow flowers but which now look as if they are bright Bradshaws red!

This was labelled 'Lady Stratheden' - but it doesn't look as if it's going to turn yellow!!!!  Or is it meant to be red first and then turns yellow?  The 2nd bud on the same stem which you see here looks as if it is going to be yellow.

This was a too long explanation of my confusion - sorry about that.  I'm having a day full of senior moments!

Last edited: 07 June 2016 01:23:16

Progress update

Posted: 07/06/2016 at 01:05

All I can see in the box to type messages are the 4 icons on the left side for Bold, Italic, Underscore and a Smiley.  On the top right -  there is what looks like the edge of a box and a Black looks like letter B with a grey background.  I've been able to post pictures by clicking on the top right and it automatically goes to my pc's 'pictures' folder.  This seems like luck as I can't see any logos or words at all at the top right.

I've recently had to upgrade to Windows 10 and am wondering if that's the cause of not seeing what any of the items at the top right of this reply box are.

Camera Talk

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 15:31

GD Sony Cybershots are fantastic bridge cameras.  I had a couple over a few years and moved to DSLR recently and have found that I often wish I had my Cybershot with me at the same time as it produced brilliant photos, particularly the zoom, without all the fiddling I have to do on this DSLR.  Have great fun with your camera.  I found the video on the Cybershots was excellent quality as well.

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