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Posted: 11/06/2016 at 18:07

Sorry GD2 you asked about Fireball, heres a photo

It's bright orange and the flowers are about 2in across.


Posted: 11/06/2016 at 18:04

Hi Folks,  So far Cosmopolitan has remained quite compact.  I bought it last year.  Not sure about seeds but it's one of the cocktail series, they also do Mai Tai.  I bought it online from Paddock Plants.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 17:55

No idea LP it's one of the few plants in the garden that were here when I moved in.

Insect bites

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 17:52

I take an antihistamine daily on holiday as I suffer from prickly heat, this also reduces reaction to mozzie bites.  I plaster myself in boots extra strong insect repellant too, I also use it if I go into the garden.

I haven't tried SSS although I did know about its reputation.  Might give it a go down the garden, but wouldn't risk it on hols as last time I didn't use insect repellant I was rewarded with 42 bites on one leg, below the knee.  Not an experience I wish to repeat.

When dating her now husband my daughter went travelling with him.  They booked into a hotel on Corfu and after a night celebrating in the bar he fell asleep naked on the balcony with the light on.  He had so many bites he ended up in hospital, all I can say it's a good job he fell asleep face down.

Winter honeysuckle pruning

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 17:23

I have neveer cut my winter honeysuckle back, I just trim it after flowering, but I have cut back a summer honeysuckle almost to the ground as it was woody and horrible.  It has grown back much healthier, but I still don't get many flowers.  Thats about the best advice I can give really.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 17:17

Lovely gardens everyone, I'm a cram everything in kind a girl.  Mind you I can't cope with clashing colours.

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Dead head or not

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 16:42

Looks like a peony seed head to me.

Lupin damage

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 16:38

Thanks PP.  It must have happened yesterday as they were fine on Thursday.

How do you all keep track?!

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 16:36

I keep an annual gardeners diary which also has pages on what to do what month so I don't forget.

I have a spreadsheet on excel which  lists what plants I order and from which company (it helps me to remember who supplies good plants).  It also tells me where everything is planted in the garden so that I do not dig things up or overplant.

Lastly I take regular photographs as it shows me combinations I'd like to repeat, things that don't work and where things are.  It's also lovely to look at on long winter evenings.

Lupin damage

Posted: 11/06/2016 at 16:23

I have a masterpiece lupin that has been damaged.  The top of the flower seems to have been eaten away.  No damage to the rest of the plant including the leaves.  I have lots of lupins in the garden and this seems to be the only one affected.  I cannot see any aphids or bugs.  The plant has a little bit of mildew but nothing to worry about.  I have attached a photo.  If you can zoom you may be able to see the damage

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