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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 00:24

Hi Beaus Mum, you're absolutely right about the pottery cones drying out very quickly so a little alpine sounds ideal. 

Yes we've had three blazing hot days and I was overly excited when the forecasted showers came down bang on time with met office predictions this afternoon and evening here in Edinburgh.   I was about to get the hose out but couldn't conceal my glee that rain was going to do the perfect job instead. 

Noted your comment to Bizzieb on hydrangeas this year.  One success has been a white macrophyllia which this year has grown three times it's size and is covered in blooms with many more on the way.  Couldn't believe such rapid growth. In fact it's so big (compared to what it was) that it's taken over the spot where my yellow dutch iris were coming up nicely but they have no chance now.  Not complaining though!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 00:05

Spotted them on Amazon when I was looking for ordinary hanging baskets.  I didn't really note the dimensions at the time so had expected them to be a little larger.  They are 'cute' though but I can't think of anything much that could grow in them for any length of time.  They're only about 15cm diameter at the top.  They come from a pottery in England somewhere - I forget where and I meant to take a note of it to see what else they have.  They brighten up a dull spot where there isn't room for anything else and they have proved to be eye-catching.

ID for this one

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 23:59


Hi everybody.  I was given two of these when someone was having a clear out.  I was given them with some herbs but didn't get the name of this one.  Planted them a month or so ago.  If you trail your hand in this foliage it smells distinctly herby - very strong and tangy.  One suggestion has been that it will grow tiny yellow flowers at the top of each strong.  The other suggestion was that it will stay as it is and that it is a herb of some kind.  Both of them are about a foot high and have not grown any taller in a month - if that helps at all.

Does anyone know it? 

Thanks in advance.


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 23:48


Pete8, your Eryngium are absolutely stunning.  I definitely want to get some next year.

No stars in my garden this year as had all kinds of problems with flies, bugs and everything that swarms and eats.  So I've dug up an awful lot of established plants which just seem to be failing for one reason or another.  Bit of a disappointing year so far when things should be at their peak.

However, I bought a couple of tiny little hanging terracotta things - hard to get anything small enough to actually sit well in them, but in the evening light they have a 'cute' factor with mini red petunias.  I was also late doing baskets and managed to grab some cheap leftover wilting and damaged plants  from B&Q and they are now coming along.  So they are quite cheering.


Clematis problem with leaves

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 23:36

Hi Amabel.  My Polish Spirit is in a very large pot and every year I get yellowing leaves, some dried and curled up on the bottom couple of feet.  I pick them off and bin them.  It never affects the flowering or happens above this level.  I don't know what causes it and sometimes wonder if it's connected to the plants I have growing in front of it to shade the lower stems and help keep the roots cool.  I get a lot of spiders webs, found caterpillars in behind the lower leaves which then curled up and discoloured.  Sorry this isn't much help, but I've found that if the discolouring and damage happens round about the bottom section, the rest of the plant seems to stay fine.

Plants to identify

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 23:31




Feeling proud

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 23:29

Every right to be proud as punch Pauline.  Well done you!


Gardeners hands! Best cream?

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 10:47

LOL! bekkie.  Bleach.  Aaaargh!  I went through a spell a couple of years ago of relaxing my hands in a basin of Milton sterilising fluid because I need to keep a lot of it for use at home.  Then one day I put my rusted spade into a bucket of it and saw how quickly all the rust came off.  Great for garden tools but I decided it also was a no no for my hands!

Lackluster lavender

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 10:35

bekkie..thoughtful last statement, thank you.  My OH is bedridden and son also has long term illness so gardening mostly now is a quick dash out when it isn't raining.  But it's the perfect therapeutic environment for fatigue and worry...and many here also attest to this. The old saying the world can turn on a dime, for me, can be adapted to the glorious behaviour of plants and how they hang on in there and often fight no matter what.  So I take many of my life lessons from the garden.  It's such a joy.

However, I have no excuse for my muddles with growing some things in this little garden as the botanical gardens are just down the road and many of the local gardeners learn what grows well outdoors there and replicate some of the plantings in their gardens.  The changes in my soil each year are a mystery to me however, and sometimes my exploits are a bit more hilarious to witness than modesty would prefer!  But, you can't beat it for fun and all the life enhancing experiences which come your way.  The Scottish weather has its challenges.  In the last four years I've had to change planting plans every year because of the weather so the garden can never be settled and 'done'.  (No garden is ever done).  But it keeps me on my toes.  It's maybe a terrible thing to say - from a Scot - and particularly with all the politics this year - but I've always dreamed of living in an English gardening paradise where I could grow so many things which I'd love to have year round.  Oops!

Is it Right or Wrong

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 10:26

Dogbowl I go along with the advice on speaking to the neighbour and maybe having a tree surgeon examine the roots.  Reason being last year and this a neighbour and I had a lot of problems with roots from trees on either side of our garden fences.  One enormous gum tree was a nightmare as it caused ridges and had really nasty spikey bits popping up on both our lawns and beds.  The thickest roots nearest the tree were large and it seemed there is a law (this is in Scotland) about not sawing down branches, trees or roots where they had grown to 4" in diameter.  There was also some drainage consideration with hidden pipes under the ground so it was all a right pickle to trace where all the roots and bits were.  So had to have an expert take a look-see in case we did something which affected the drainage in particular.   Have a much smaller tree on the other neighbour side and apparently if we mess about with the roots on that, the tree would react in different ways which would cost a lot of money to rectify - other than have an expert remove the entire thing.

I made a BIG mistake gaily sawing off the branches and visible roots of an elder blocking our window a few years ago as I wanted rid of it.  It made the house dark. As it temporarily went into shock reaction it attracted a swarm of black flies as the tree started to weaken and they were a nightmare to get rid of.  I was told to leave the roots well alone for a long time, something to do with poisoning the surrounding soil.  I just took the adviser at his word.  Four years down the line, it turns out he was right in this particular instance.  Nothing would grow within 6 feet of the blasted thing and as the roots wanted to keep growing, they initially came back fast and furious. The whole lot is gone now, but I ended up spending more time on it than I would have had I had someone in the know deal with it.  It was such a palaver that I started to get a bit wary of the old wives tales about it being the witches tree.

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