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Can someone identify this grass?

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 13:04

Hi B3.  Yes, I'm not so sure myself either.  I don't suppose my little thing has ever flourished to the full as I've retricted it to life in a little pot and I also move it around all the time so it will be in sun, out of sun, in a corner, not in a corner.  So it does look less of an example than netsniper's stunning ones to start with.

Last edited: 27 May 2016 13:05:25

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 12:43

Thanks Joyce 21 - the pelican put me in mind of a politician - but for diplomacy's sake I wouldn't dare venture which one! :)

Fairygirl - your shots of the hills are wonderful, make me pine for years past.  Just lovely.

Last edited: 27 May 2016 12:44:58

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 12:34

I'm just learning to use a DSLR for the first time so my photos are very hit and miss!  But here's one just for fun from early year visit to Edinburgh Zoo.  (Not my normal habitat!).  The expression on the pelican just looked so comical.

The Blue Tit - I've put on another thread here about fledglings I think - but it was my first 'in focus' success with those far too fast moving Blue Tits.

And this was practising night shots outside St. Giles Cathedral here in Edinburgh.

Can someone identify this grass?

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 12:19

Really interested to see this.  Hostafan and Netsniper - do you think the plant I have in this pot is also phalaris unundinacea picta?

I've had it for years and years.  Took it out of the garden years ago because the leaves were always dirtied with the soil and it spoiled the look.  I kept meaning to make a grit garden but put it in a pot instead where the leaves could come over the sides.  It stays the same year after year.  I give it the occasional water but it never changes and seems healthy enough always outside in all weathers.  PS:  It has rained and drizzled since the middle of the night so it's looking a bit drippy just now.

Last edited: 27 May 2016 12:20:34

Feathered Friend

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 00:30

A pair of magpies stole my lunch today whilst I was doing a tidy up.  Watched them scoff my cut up into bite sized pieces ham and cheese roll from a distance, have themselves a drink and then they sat and watched me watching them!

Blue tit fledgling advice

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 14:37

Thanks for comment on the pic Dove.  I get about 1 in 5 in focus as they are so fast!  But it's fun.  I could watch birds for hours.

We've had no fledglings of any kind (Edinburgh) so far this year in the garden.  Behind on last year when there was a nice mix around the garden.  I'm hoping to see some soon.  Lovely to see the other photos of fledglings.  It's so uplifting.

Dicentra spectabilis

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 14:19

Many thanks everyone.  

Will ensure it has good fresh compost around it and hope for some self-seeding and will leave it to do it's thing.

Fairygirl - I agree on the preference for white which I would have bought at the time had I found any locally.  My caring commitments limit time away from the house so I don't go far to seek out plants.  I hope all the same that I will get some seedlings - I love the foliage before it shrinks back into the ground.

ID but maybe a difficult one?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 14:00

Drumroll for Andy.....

Looked up my plant list for 3 years ago and 2 x Hydrangea 'Limelight' seem to have gone AWOL. 

I think these two mystery plants must be them.   A neighbour sprayed something over the fence last year and I now remember their leaves turned brown and I chopped them to ground level, soaked them with buckets of water and forgot about them as plants in front of them were tallish and obscured them as they never came into growth.  Which is why they don't appear in any of my last year's garden photos - because when they ARE in growth they are very tall.

I'm not sure I was really fond of them - which I hate to admit.  I think I subconsciously made myself forget them!!!!  I'll put them in tubs and see if this is the answer to the mystery.  I agree the leaves don't look typically hydrangea - but as there are two of them and I've never had a Philadelphus - I think these have to be the 'Limelight's.

Thanks so much for the responses everyone.  Will be interesting to see if they turn out as expected.

ID but maybe a difficult one?

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 04:10

Couple of weeks ago I did a tidy up aiming to dig out perennials, dig in manure and the transplant them.  Took 3 days but got it all done (it's a very small garden).  But, I'm left with two plants which I can't identify and having looked at photos of the garden last year - I can't see them or identify them.

For the moment, as I seem to have no space left to plant them in, I have them sitting in buckets with just some water at the roots.  They look a bit like fuchsia - but I don't recall having little fuchsia bushes.  They're not tiny and they look shrubby - but I just cannnot find them in any photographs.

Can anyone recognise what they might be from a photo of the stage they are at now?  I'm very tempted to bin them but I hate wasting plants.  I'm at that life stage now where I seem to be forgetting the names of things far too often.  I don't even want to pot them up in case they're something for ericaceous -though again I just can't remember.  If they're fuchsia then I can just pot them in multi-p Innes but I'm hesitating hoping my brain will have a sudden flash of recognition - but it's been quite a few days now and the lightbulb hasn't come on.

Dicentra spectabilis

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 03:50

!  I have a lovely Dicentra which has been in a large clay pot for 4 years and had reached 4ft in height and about 2ft spread.  It looked lovely, beautiful shape with a lot of flowers.

But - being a complete plonker - I decided last week to take it out of the pot and put it in a bed where there was a big gap and where it would look good.  Yes - I should have thought about this before it had come up this year to it's full height!  But there you go - that's how I roll!

I soaked it for a day in the pot, dug a huge hole in the flower bed and then did that delicate attempt to remove it from the pot without breaking the stems and gently lowering it into the hole I'd dug for it.  Looked great.

I then turned around to get my trowel to back-fill the hole and in so doing I fell backwards and my backside crushed the Dicentra.   The scramble trying to get back on my feet took care of ruining a few more flowered delicate stems. 

Now, I have a planted Dicentra still with a few flowering stems intact - but it's half the size it was and looks like it's just survived a surprise attack.

My question is - it was in full flower and every year when it has come up I've always just left the flowering arms to die off at their own pace.  I've never known if it would produce more flowers if I cut the dying ones off.  If I attempt now to tidy it up it's a funny shape now!) - is it likely to produce any more flowers on the same stem at this time of year - or is that it for the season now?

The poor thing which was a beautiful shape looks sorry now but the foliage is healthy and I'm not sure if it can be made to produce any more flowers.  It certainly deserves to be in a major huff!  I sit on the bench nearby and every time I look at it it seems to give out hateful vibes in my direction as if to say 'WHY did you do this to me?'  I'm sure it's sulking.

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