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The Big News in Edinburgh

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:32


 


 


 


 


 


 

For those who may have seen news of this on tv and who can't go and see it themselves, I nipped along this morning to Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh to join the queue at 9am.  Tried yesterday afternoon but the wait was 2 hours and couldn't stay.  I'm not sure how to reduce photos but hope they're ok to view.  It was amazing and the plant is expected to close up and drop down anytime.  The 'rotting flesh' smell had gone by the time of my visit, was more like a faint whiff of rotting fish.  Fascinating.  The corm is the size of the pot.  Camera kept steaming up.  Amazing to see this. 

 

 

 

 

Crocosmia yellowing leaves

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 01:46

Loupen, I've had the same almost rusty marks on my leaves the last few years.  I had divided them, they had been lovely.  Now I just get the leaves coming up, fresh green to begin with but by July the rusty or whitish marks are all over them.  I'm at the point of digging up and disposing.

What's your worst nemesis, your most dreaded weed or plant?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 01:43

Trying to grow gentian sino ornata (sp?),.  Every year, I see plants for sale, and see the ones in the botanical gardens - all look beautiful.  And every year I plant them having read advice in books on growing conditions etc.  They all die or completely disappear.

What do I have?

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 18:53

The middle tree looks like a sycamore.

What do I have?

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 18:53

Middle one looks like a sycamore.

 

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!

 

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