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For Tomato lovers

29 August 2015 13:43:55

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I just cannot grow Tomatoes.  This year I tried yet again and got as far as flowers but that was it. However my friend and neighbour grows lots of different tomatoes so over to his house this morning. I came home with 7 different varieties!!!  I have tried the Zebra and it is delicious. The small red one was a bit tasteless but there are 5 more to try. Great to eat home grown tomatoes. The two individual photos are of Zebra and Russian Black.

Sanguisorbaa

27 August 2015 21:58:08
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It is so interesting when a plant eventually finds the right place to live!  A few years ago I think it was Myrtle kindly gave me a piece of Sang. Red Thunder. It never really took off and for at least two years just sat in the border at the bottom of the garden. This year I moved it to the newest area of my hot border and gee what a difference ; it is thriving , got huge, and so many flowers. I think I can divide it and put it in a few other places in the border. Great plant , many thanks.

Lovely surprise

26 August 2015 13:07:28

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Well what a  surprise I got today.  Playing ball with Meg in garden and went to pick up what I thought was a tennis ball (it was about 20ft away!)  But what do I find but a big Peach. Bruno had kindly given me a little tree last year I think. Never thought it would produce fruit certainly not until it grew up a lot. There was one more on the little tree just as big and gorgeous looking. Too good to be true; so though the insects had started to eat the fallen one there was enough good flesh to taste....lovely. So now I have a huge lovely Peach for supper. I thought Peaches only formed in Glass houses? Or maybe if we had a really hot Summer. Thanks Bruno

Also a photo of Begonia Silver splendour reputed to be very hardy. Anybody grow it?

More Huntingbrook

23 August 2015 19:00:46

August at Ash Cottage

22 August 2015 16:00:47

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Well heading towards the end of August hard to believe.  The Garden is still looking good but the empasis is on the hot area. Sometimes I wish I had more visitors to share this area with at this time of year so if you are coming this way do call!! The two photos here show the bottom of the hot area. I have a mini Throne here and one photo shows what I see looking left  , the other to the right. It is a sort of enclosed area and though unseen the path through the hot borders is sort of to the top of the pictures....Anyway I am going to put up an August Album to share :)

Lobelia

15 August 2015 16:28:09

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Another favourite of mine is Lobelia Queen Victoria, such a pure red and then the maroon leaves, ideal for my hot beds.  The third photo is just another area of the hot bed with another Queen V  to the left....they are dotted throughout the borders.Hope your weather is as good as here, enjoy.

Few photos

11 August 2015 19:25:19

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Lily Conca d'Or is a real beauty and grows very tall .  The wine coloured hydrangea I bought recently and love it and finally a purple and white Dahlia whose name I don't know.

Crocosmias

07 August 2015 17:11:54

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Loads of different Crocosmias here some rampant and some very refined. My very favourite is Severn Sunrise which flowers later than the others. Close to this comes the unusual, I think,  Culzean Pink. The first phots shows it with Lucifer in the background and another guy over to the left; I think this shows how pink it is. Slow grower and at first small flowers but over the years the flower size has increased and it spread so much last year there had to be a cull !!

Verbena bonariensis

04 August 2015 17:43:47

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I am  amazed by the behaviour of Verbena bonariensis this year. I have a lot of it but it has grown into huge clumps and there are seedlings, and teenagers all over the place, calls for another cull.    David Howard is still my very favourite  Dahli, Orange flowers and dark foliage.  Just a general view to use up the three spaces!

Blue moon tonight

31 July 2015 23:04:30

Alstromeria problems

30 July 2015 19:35:50

Suggestion please Part 2

27 July 2015 19:09:29

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I headed to Ballyseedy to day to look at Acers.  The ones there were of the tall rather than spreading variety so guess what I came home with a Phoenis canariensis.  This was to be for my hot area but I placed it in the centre of the problem bed. Because this area of the garden is quite conservative I felt it might add an unusual feature and distract from the rest!! Ah yes I would put some planting around it. What do you think?? Also to use the three photos I added a pic of a very very orange Crocosmia and not so orange Watsonia.

Suggestions please.

26 July 2015 16:24:13
Suggestions please.

Suggestions please.

The bed in the photo is actually much larger than it appear. This is where my beloved double Primroses live. It looks great when they are in flower but as we come to June and the following months as you see it is pretty dreadful. The Lamium seen in the photos looks good earlier in the year but that too dies back. I think bulbs are needed but how to get  continuous interest during the high ( hahaha) summer months. I have a few Iris but they too are early. Perennials would swamp the Primroses so it is a problem. The bed is in the centre part of my Summer garden area and rather difficult to miss!!!

Hot border

14 July 2015 17:35:54

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I have been unable to do much work in the garden for a while....won't bore you with my aches!!  However the hot garden does a good job of hiding many of the numerous weeds that are flourishing so it is to there I now go for a stroll.  The Monarda amazes me when I recall the problem I had establishing it and now serves as a great link along the hot areas; a few photos to show what is going on !!

Hemerocallis ID

14 July 2015 17:25:00

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I would welcome ID of these please. Thank you.






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