Latest posts by yarrow2

Creeping buttercup

Posted: 02/06/2017 at 01:48

wakeshine - I was caught out with creeping buttercup as well.  Had an old clematis in a pot with a geranium pratense Mrs Kendall Clark.  Was a silly combination as I allowed the clematis to get pot bound and it smothered the Kendall Clark.

In March I tipped out the pot, transplanted the clematis and was beside myself with excitement as the 'Kendall Clark' seemed to naturally 'divide' and I promptly stuck what I thought were 6 geranium divisions into the soil and they seemed to 'take' very quickly.  The leaves seemed to have grown a bit heavy looking and the foliage hugged the ground - and every day I expected them to spring upwards.

Last week I discovered the folly of my 'oh look at the cleverness of me with all these Kendall Clark divisions' when one yellow flower appeared confirming it was creeping buttercup.  All dug up now and I'm looking every day to see if any 'leftovers' appear. 

Had to laugh.  I was so excited at the prospect of so many lovely Kendall Clark's - which it would seem must have rotted away in the clematis pot without my noticing.  Hubris!

Last edited: 02 June 2017 01:50:26

Plant id please

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 11:53


Blitzing a garden rant

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 23:31

I was sorry to read the comment referencing EU 'immigrants'.  OH's carers are mostly from the EU and we are really sad that we may lose some because of thoughtless comments and negative press articles.  They are from a range of countries, very family and care oriented, fabulous cooks, always seem to have healthy 'grannies' remedies for minor illnesses such as colds which involve good old-fashioned common sense use of herbs and so forth - and all seem to have experience of and a love of gardening - particularly veg.  They also seem to have a very mature outlook on life with some being quite young or students - not at all interested in spending all their time in pubs and falling about the place as if it's all there is to do in your time off.  They think it's wonderful here in this country and those who don't have excellent English are all attending classes to improve.  Most speak several languages and work really hard.  But there is a sadness now as many of them feel they are not wanted and don't understand the sudden change in attitude towards them.  It makes me very sad.  But that is just our personal experience and we live in a university city where there has always been a naturally easy mix of cultures.

Last edited: 14 May 2017 23:38:26

Blue vs purple flowers

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 23:06

Bluebells always seem to me to be blue with a touch of white paint mixed in!  But mine are always very pale looking.

I managed to kill off my Lithodora 'Heavenly Blue' and reckoned that was definitely blue.  Stupidly dug them up and put them in a pot of ericaceous compost and they died off within a fortnight - and there was me thinking I was doing them a favour!!!

I love the blue of Borage - which I call almost sky blue.  But then again, I thought my Borage had madly self-seeded in the autumn, put all the seedlings in one bed - and hey ho - they weren't Borage at all - as posters on here identified for me before they flowered, they were blasted pink campion.  So my planned 'all blue' bed is up the Swanney from the start.

I love cornflowers - which seem a deep blue to me, depending on which ones you sow, some are dark some are lighter.

I do get fed up with photographs of flowers on seed packets or descriptions of plants which describe them as 'scarlet' and they turn out to be more like plum or claret when they bloom.  I suppose there has always been a bit of artistic and historic license with botanical naming.  In the same way that 'hunting pink' is what we now commonly just call 'red'. Although I read somewhere a long time ago - please correct me on this - memory isn't what it was - there either didn't used to be a 'red' - or was it red was called pink - or the other way around?  I've lost the plot here.  Drifting...

Last edited: 14 May 2017 23:13:31

Lavatera seedling

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 22:50

wakeshine:  I've been trying to dig out a lavatera this week from our tiny front garden - it was bang on six years old and was a lovely delicate little thing when planted.  I had no idea they grew quite so large.

Last year it was really struggling, covered in aphids for the first time - and the flowers (such a beautiful pinky mauve) just drooped and the leaves just wilted.  The soil in this tiny front bit had always been poor - builder's leftovers - and I was shocked at how quickly it grew to become more tree-like - and the roots got themselves under the wall.

It was a fight to dig down and get around the roots - I had enough for the day and left it in disgust - more at myself than the blasted lavatera.   Should have read more about their growth and growth rate in the first place!

Sorry to hi-jack your query about the white sticky fungus, which I have no clue about.  BUT - I'd be interested to see what your seedling looks like as I have more to clear away and suspect I may have one as well.  Didn't take a photo of the suspect as I'll have to clear a fair bit more to get to it.

The large twisted root bit on mine in this photo may have been part of the problem - whether I was careless when originally planting it or the roots twist around like this I have no clue.  It just looks a monster.  Lesson learned for me though.  No more lavatera - beautiful as they are in bloom.  I'm leaving it for another day to try and get it totally out of the ground.

Last edited: 14 May 2017 22:55:49

Lily of the Valley

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 19:06

Thanks for responding everyone.   Will see how it goes - or doesn't.

Help please - Cannot cope with heavy clay soil

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 17:55

Wouldn't it be a great thing if there was a tv producer looking for an ideal project for a tv programme to rehabilitate your garden for you and do a deal where they pretty much used it as an example of what could be done to rectify your problems and you didn't have to pay a penny!  I would be seriously tempted to write to some known gardening individuals - declaring your despair and love of your property and garden area etc etc.  I'm wondering also if there are any gardening university type projects looking for a garden such as yours to give potential up and coming garden students a massive project to undertake.

Wishful thinking - but I'd sure give it a try!  You never know.

A Few Photos

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 17:38

Beautiful plants, beautiful garden.

Lily of the Valley

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 00:49

I've tried Lily of the Valley all around this garden for a few years and none have survived.  Planted 3 a couple of months ago.  One now has white bell flowers - the other two nearby (they are a foot apart) have flower stalks which have now turned brown. 

Does anyone know if cutting off the browned flower stalks will prompt the plants to produce new ones - or do they just produce one set of flower stalks and that is it for the year? 

The pic is the successful one - which I'm delighted about - although it's early doors and it might disappear by next year - which has always happened in the past in other parts of the garden.  I'm assuming that new plants this size are not likely to spread for a few years and that there will be no new growth in this current year?

ID of tree

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 00:44

Leaves don't turn red in autumn.  Yes it produces berries - but not many.  It looks as if it has grown tall just because it has been neglected for so many many years so the branches are sparse with no structure to them.   So it doesn't look like a natural tree. Will look up Prunus padus Ladybird.  Sounds like it might fit. 

Many thanks everyone.  Will check out the suggestions.

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