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Latest posts by yarrow2

hanging baskets

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 12:32

Mine are the same ss2.  My verbena are just opening, my begonias look as if they are low and asleep and my lobelia is only beginning to flower a little at a time.  We've also had no sunshine to speak of for days.  My begonias need another three weeks or so to spark into life.


garden design with no budget

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 12:20

Check out local skips - see if there's anything interesting in them.  Alys Fowler, the gardener used to forage all over the place and get loads of things to transform her garden.  Also, some of the DIY stores have a pile of damaged and broken sections of wood or out of range items which you can sometimes be lucky if they just want things taken away.  Local builders yards and timber places sometimes have things they just want cleared away and have never got around to it.

Check out local papers and messages in shop windows to see if people are advertising that they just want un-used items taken away.   Sometimes if there are people working on neighbours houses - replacing windows and so forth, they often have fabulous windows that can be used for the tops of coldframes etc.

Foraging locally some sometimes be very fruitful and people are often really grateful to get rid of things they have lying around and have no intention of using.

Local waste dumps can be interesting - especially if there's some workmen hanging around who can help you haul something out.  People throw away the most amazing things that can transform gardens.

Help with finding the name for this large shrub

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 12:14

I think I have one of those.  Mine is Chinese Privet.  It looks very like it.  Can anyone else confirm?

Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 09:17

Hi nutcutlet.  I think I'm just overtired and you know what it's like when your mind has the ideas and energy but the body rebels and doesn't fulfil the promises of the mind!  Need sunshine to perk things up.

Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 23:29

Thanks everybody for responding.  I suspect they are schubertii - having scanned the web they certainly look like them.  The devil is, I had planned Purple Sensation and have a load of them planted amongst Heuchera Lime Marmalade where I thought the purple would really be a great dramatic contrast.  Now wherever I have these alliums, they are so pale that you hardly notice them at all and they are too short.  Our sunshine has gone and it's been dull for days and forecast is dull for days to come.  They are taking an age to fully open.

I'm a bit pathetic feeling so disappointed - thought I'd cracked something eye-catching for this year with little effort i.e. planting the bulbs to last a few years.

Not been my week.  In the middle of having to take up weed suppressor with 4" of slate chippings I put down 4 years ago.  I'd been casually tramping all over it, spilling soil, filling pots on the top of it and spilling more soil, until it became a right mess.  I started to pull it all up yesterday and thought I could water blast the chippings and aim to renew the suppressor and put them down again.  I gave up - took me hours to blast one bucketful amount of stones with mud everywhere using a sieve and several buckets.  I'd need the hose on for hours to do it.  So got despondent and have called someone to come and take the lot away - hopefully they will agree to do it.  The suppressant is coming up really easily so the earth and chippings just need to be taken away.  So now I'm having to think about what to replace it with that I can do myself.  Probably gravel for the cheap quick option.  However, I bought some 'decorative' slabs  - then tripped over them carrying a couple and broke them.  Bruised and battered and fed up.  Ha!  So going to have to get someone to do that for me as well.

A woman's work is never done - but - 'tomorrow is another day'.  Sigh!


Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 22:35

I bought them as Purple Sensation and was so excited about them.  Mind you, I'm in Scotland and all the flowers in my garden are weeks behind.  But I think you are right nutcutlet, paulk2 - they look too pale.  The tallest is about 18".  I was expecting much taller.  Planted them in in October with the Spring bulbs.  The pack was labelled 'Purple Sensation' as I ordered.  I am so disappointed.

Unknown Tree

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 22:32

Abies koreana?  Mature?  Korean fir.  Not sure about it though - can't see it clearly in your photo.  Hope someone gets it right for you.

Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 22:01

 I ask because I have groups of them all over the garden and they have all been as in this photo for a week now with little change.  Some have very pale lilac flowers at the bottom.  Everyone else's I've seen are that beautiful deep purple and I'm wondering if something has gone wrong with mine - or if this is a normal stage before they form a bowl of purple.

Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 21:40

....or do they open pale and then turn purple when they form into a ball?

Lost lable rose

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 01:31

Munstead Wood is a dark claret with a strongish fragrance.  Roseraie de l'Hay is dark and perfumed I think.  But you probably have something more modern.

Discussions started by yarrow2

Lonicera (Honeysuckle) "Heaven Scent

Are these seeds or will they be red berries? 
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ID Please

Stray seedling - herb? 
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Centranthus ruber

Young spindly plants - too spindly? 
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I.D. Please

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Impatiens - outdoors

Soil, semi-shade? 
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Last Post: 06/08/2015 at 12:51

The Big News in Edinburgh

Amorphophallus titanum 
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Allium 'Purple Sensation'

Should they be purple when they open? 
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Last Post: 18/06/2015 at 09:30

Bergenia 'Sissinghurst White'

Can I get seeds from these? 
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Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 05:37

Allium Purple Sensation

Not very tall! 
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Last Post: 27/05/2015 at 07:36

Identification needed

Is this an ornamental broom? 
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Last Post: 21/05/2015 at 20:26

Roses in pots

Type of compost to use 
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What have I bought? 
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Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 20:50

ID for this one

Grey foliage - maybe a herb? 
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Last Post: 14/07/2014 at 07:42

Lackluster lavender

in pots 
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Last Post: 06/07/2014 at 12:15

Geum rivale

No flowers this year 
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