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Identify bug?

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 01:26

Hi Dovefromabove.  Yes, I thought it was Cranefly - very attractive.  Wouldn't be surprised if the lawn isn't full of their grubs.  I've had to re-sow it every Spring the last 3 years and whilst I'm sure the main problem is compaction and drainage problems, there seems to be no shortage of blighters eating away underground.  I've hoe'd everywhere today and done some in-between digging to get some air at the soil after so much prolonged rain.  Was great to have some breezes and sunny spells.

The birds in this garden don't seem to really go for nasties in this garden.  They don't even seem interested in the slugs and snails, of which there are plenty at the moment.  Whenever I've put a handfull of nasties around the feeders, they just ignore them - live or not.  On saying that, a lot of birds have not been around this summer.

Geraniums (not Pelargoniums)

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 01:02

Hi Christopher2.  Thanks for the comment.  I've chopped back the 'Mrs Kendall Clark' and was wondering about the 'Wargraves Pink' and 'Kashmirs'.  They're beginning to flop with less flowers and look wildly untidy - not that tidyness matters much to me.  Was interesting to see Carol Klein's spot on last night's programme was on geraniums.  As ever not enough time for her to really go round the huge variety at the location.  Was good to see though.

Can I ask what you feed them with - is there anything that best suits them from your experience?

July in the garden!!

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 00:46

Chin up Inkadog! 

Puddles only drying up in this garden and almost everything tall drooping or broken post rain.

But - the smaller things are beginning to perk up.

These Nonstop Mocca begonias never stop producing new blooms.  I wonder if they'll tire themselves out all at once.  I have them in pots and baskets.


Hebe 'Caledonia' - little 2ft one almost totally in bloom now.  Loved the rain.


Clematis 'Pink Fantasy' (think it's a low-growing one or they called it a 'miniature') is now opening and growing up the pruned privet and ivy.  On sunny days it looks a deeper pink - but during and after rain it's a kind of coral shade.


Jasmine is just starting to flower and perfume already lovely.


Funny stuff going on with some of the Sweet Peas.  Totty little buds on average 15" stems and the buds are mostly just falling off - except this 'Cupani'.  But surviving ones are mostly all long stems with just 2-3 flowers.  Disappointment this year but first time I didn't start them off in the ground and I think I wasn't that smart getting them toughened up at the cold frame stage maybe.


The tiny flower heads of the long-stemmed 'Emilia Irish Poet'.  I wasn't too successful growing them from seed and ended up with only a few.  Not enough to make any impact without having a nice big clump of them.  Startling colour all the same.


Bees are loving the Trifolium Ochroleucon (I've probably not the right spelling here - it's one I can never remember).  I just call them big white clovers instead.


The totty little baskets with Viola.  The yellow daisy type thing in the middle is in one of last year's wildflower tiny pots.  It was coincidence that something yellow came up in the middle of these two baskets.  It's a bit like Bill and Ben the Flowerpot men and Little Weed in the middle.



Identify bug?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 00:24

Joe/Sue:  What's this one? It's been in the same place on one of my foxgloves for 3 days.  If it's still there tomorrow I'm tempted to poke it in case it has 'ceased to be'.


Geraniums (not Pelargoniums)

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 20:06

Frank: Really enjoyed your reply above.  

My dad grew the veg and the interesting thing about nostalgia in my case is that I don't remember him every seeming worried about anything going wrong in the garden.  I don't recall him fussing about manures, composts, feed - he just always seemed to plant, grow and harvest every year and everything seemed to come good.  His time in the garden was after work or at weekends if not working and the veg just seemed to grow and provide.  I don't remember him using fertilisers at all but was a very thorough digger and when it rained he just used to say 'well it's a good drink for the garden'.   He favoured the same flowers every year and grew wonderful dahlias and chrysanthemums which always seemed to grow strong with little trouble.  As you remember the plums and pears - I remember the tastiest potatoes, cabbage and carrots and particularly sitting out with him eating raw peas which always seemed to be enormous.  Roses always seemed to be perfumed, the grass grew with no trouble every year and we loved the daises and buttercups.  Birds everywhere.  Or so it all seemed and it's wonderful to keep it with me in my memories.



Geraniums (not Pelargoniums)

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 02:00

Bookertoo:  no nurturing.  Planted, watered and left to it.  I love these plants too - their naturalness is the attraction for me and the ideal is to leave them to their own thing and just observe and learn over a few seasons.  My beginner flux kicks in all too often though as having only had the opportunity to have this garden since 2010, having had to completely dig it over in entirety and start from scratch with no gardening experience - I get those little moments of ridiculous panic and lack of confidence if I think I've caused damage or shortened the life of a growing living thing through stupidity, lack of common sense or knowledge.  That's why I'm on here so often asking so many irritating questions.  I'm not 'garden-proud' in that all must be successful, tidy and beautiful - I'm just too soft-hearted maybe about wanting to nurture every single plant and not 'do them in' by mistake so to speak.

Frank:  I'm - mm - young to gardening - but not so young myself - and heartily wish I had devoted time to gaining familiarity with Latin - and not just for plant identification purposes.   I've only started and had a garden since hitting mid-century and have to tell you that my first points of reference are a collection of charity shop bought  books which were published around the 1950's or before e.g. A.J. MacSelf's 'The Gardener's Treasury of Popular Plants and their Cultivation' or some A.G. Hellyer from the same period.  The fascinating thing for me is the huge amount of really good detail on propagating and planting conditions and the knowledge of many of these writers who can describe how a plant will behave throughout not just one entire gardening year but over many years which is really useful.  I have to admit also to having a love for the wonderful writing style and presentation of these earlier publications which makes them a joy to have as reading material in general.   If anything, I find some more modern resources less satisfying both from lack of detailed content and particularly sparsity of labelling of plants, contradictory growing and care and blooming season information.  Bearing in mind of course that every garden has it's own micro-climate (as they say nowadays) and that the whole range of gardening 'products' has grown to sometimes adapt to the fact that some aspects of gardening (for many reasons reflecting societal change) are no longer possible to undertake or we have much been encouraged into the 'quick fix', 'quick results' age of 'the product'.  And there is a great deal of influence overall in society on the dependence on 'experts' in everything combined with commercial influences, economic business models and what they refer to in the media as 'the gardening industry'.  Geoff Hamilton referred to this in one of his books published many years ago. 

As a beginner gardener - and reflecting on how as a child I did not pay enough attention to my parents gardening activities - a great deal seems to have changed - and the naming and identifying of plants, as you suggest, is not the easiest of notions to get confident with.   Many thanks for your comments Frank.  In life I always bow to what is handed down from the forebears first for the important things and tend to view the shifting sands of much of modernity with a cautious eye!

And I am making a vow not to write any more lengthy posts in future.

July in the garden!!

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:09

Love that Canna as well Inkadog.  Fabulous garden.

Geraniums (not Pelargoniums)

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:03

Hi figrat:  thanks for that.   They're having the ground cut today - continuous torrential rain - good day for it!  

Geraniums (not Pelargoniums)

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 23:29

little-ann - thanks.  Yes, I've caught up with some reading.  Short flowering period.  I'll have to transplant them to somewhere where there's plenty longer-term blooms around them so there's something to make up for when they stop blooming.  They are just sad looking stems at the moment in a little space of their own.

Geraniums (not Pelargoniums)

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 14:05

Think my first post here was a waste of time as I've just found info on the RHS site which says the foliage turns 'orange' in the autumn and to cut the entire stems.  But, as said above - there was contradictory advice in some other places.  Maybe my 'Mrs Kendall Clarks' think it's autumn!

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