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A couple of photos.

10 August 2017 18:32:23

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Recently PeterW posted a photo of Colocasia gaoligongensis showing the fab leaves. He kindly gave me a plant a couple of years ago and this year it produced a flower/spathe.

The leaves are still quite small but it has sent out runners so I will have babies to try in various conditions.

Lily Casa Blanca my very favourite lily with such a wonderful scent. Have these plants for a long time. It used to grow very tall  but in pots is shorter . It is putting on a great show this year. Lovely to sit next to it and have a cuppa!!

A Muse ..a long one!

08 August 2017 19:41:48

Oriental poppies.

02 August 2017 16:12:47


18 July 2017 01:40:20


16 July 2017 22:27:43


12 July 2017 17:45:56

Dahlia urgent help needed please

06 July 2017 14:36:17

Less than a month

27 June 2017 20:18:53

More excitement!

11 June 2017 13:20:14

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Well the very tall Ferula continues to bloom with loads of Bees having a great feed.

But more is  happening another giant has appeared.  Phormium Guardsman is a very very tall lad about 7ft. However seemingly overnight it has thrown up a huge flower stem. This rises to about 10ft  could not believe my eyes. I gather the flower will be red so it should be amazing if the gales don't get it.

Wonderful when these unexpected bonusus appear.

Do not be deceived by the blue sky in the photos....ten minutes later there were thunder showers. Has been so wet for the past week.

Aquatic plant help please.

09 June 2017 20:34:31

My Show Garden,

02 June 2017 21:02:38


26 May 2017 20:58:29

Clematis et al

20 May 2017 16:58:41

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I have a lot of Clematis in the garden but they always surprise me. I buy and plant them and leave them do their thing. Very little attention to group 1 ,2 `and 3 pruning , hanging my head in shame. Noticed this one today Miss Bateman and was amazed at the size of the flower it is ginormous. The lime green stripe is best seen in the smaller one still opening.

Took a photo of my friend Sarah next to the Ferula...Sarah is about 5ft 5''.

Taking a risk.

17 May 2017 17:08:34

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Well that is what I have been doing over the past few days. Not jumping out of planes, though I would love to do that, or walking a tight rope over the river Lee.  No it was giving a lot of plants the Chelsea chop.

You see my hot borders are rather lovely  in late Summer from end of july onwards. I just happened to hit on good colour combinations. But they are held together by lots of red Monarda repeated down both sides. There is no way that this and other plants like Knautia, lyschmachia and probably Hemerocallis and Alstromeria  will last until my open day toward end of July.  All plants seem to be about a month earlier than usual. So lots of them got about half the stems of each clump cut back. I intend removing flowers from such as Geranium Ann Folkard  and some Dianthus , could end up looking rather dismal!! But hope David Howard and other Dahlias will be ok  . My Cannas will not be in flower probably until August. Geums are in full bloom but by dead heading every day do you think they will last another two months?

The Ferula communis that I showed photos of already continued to head skywards but the flowers are opening so guess that is when growth ceases. It is lovely against the blue sky though we had cruel heavy showers as well today.

While I am here I wonder have you any ideas of how to green up grass? There are patches looking a bit straw coloured probably due to the drought.






10 May 2017 18:49:38


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