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Elizabeth7's Journal May 2013

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Garden hoses

29 May 2013 23:59:31

Mrs Bateman

24 May 2013 18:35:29

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I can't make up my mind about this Clematis. It is striking with the green stripe. But if flowers very low down on the plant which could be good in some situations but is more prone to slugs/snails as evident in one of the photos.

Mrs Mop

20 May 2013 17:19:35

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Yes had to get down on the knees today armed with a bucket of Parazone/water to scrub the algae off the platform prior to painting.    So then took a stroll around. I never had Silene aka Campion in the garden before but once again congratulated Nature on where she chose to place my first Campion!! Then noticed that the wonderful 'Conrad orange  poppy' had started to bloom. This is a fab poppy and so pleased I grew some more from seed for this year.  Nearby the first flowering of the meconopsis from June Blake. Second year this is in the garden but last year it was settling in and gee is it worth waiting for it is so lovely and many buds to open.

Tree colour

19 May 2013 17:18:42
Tree colour

Tree colour

I thought this looked well today. I am looking down at the tree/shrub area of the garden. In view are Copper beech with new foliage, Azalea, Laburnum and in the distance Embothrium.

Chelsea flower show.

19 May 2013 01:17:47

Good Heavens Fran

17 May 2013 22:36:03

Aquilegias etc

17 May 2013 18:56:21

Astelia Silver spear

17 May 2013 18:49:32

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I had never seen this in flower before, maybe it did and I missed it! It gets orange berries later which should be good.

Seedling ID please.

14 May 2013 20:17:02

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I don't sow many seeds and then I whittle them down to only about 15 . But now I have a mystery seedling or seedlings about 14 of them. It is a very strong little chap with amazingly well developed fibrous looking roots. They were all tangled up with one another. One large leaf appeared first. The stem though so short looks like it is going to be very hairy!  They seem to appear out of the blue and of course there is no label. If anybody has a suggestion I will hopefully remember if it is the correct  one ! thank you


13 May 2013 17:32:24

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Great to see this in flower and to know that the lovely big leaves will follow. The white object next to one bloom is a plastic bag blown into the pond and not some exotic water lily!

Ash goes Posh!

10 May 2013 17:56:25

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Yes here at Ash Cottage we have become posh and own not one but two obelisks, well think that is what they are, courtesy of Aldi.   I had fingers crossed that they would fit over the pots in which there are two Eviston clematis which don't grow much more than 6ft.

Very windy here but Eddie came to cut the grass and as all was looking much better I decided it was time for a break from w.....g and a little arts and crafts were in order.  So it was mix mortar time to embed some stones in a bank. Then it was mosaic time when I bonded mosaic and broken mug to stones, don't ask why all will be revealed in time.  So all in all a big change from my usual jobs!!

Wish I could send the scent

09 May 2013 18:03:51

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Every year I rave about the scent of this Myrtus lechleriana, it is just gorgeous and I wish I could bottle it and send you all a sample.

Saxifrages are looking great at present.

As are the Armeria .

Still blowing a gale down this way, the clematis really suffer.

Spraying in the field.

08 May 2013 23:18:31


08 May 2013 18:22:54

Garden visit

06 May 2013 20:19:51
Unusual Primrose

Unusual Primrose

I had a lovely visit today to Peter and April  aka pwiseman.  I was looking forward to seeing this garden because Peter’s enthusiasm  radiates from his Journals especially when it comes to Tulips and Dahlias. And who could not enthuse about his Tulips , wonderful colours and forms.  Peter has done so much work  and most of it the tough digging and seeding but it is easy to see from  areas he has completed that  this will be one special garden.  There are loads of plants waiting to be planted  and of course lots of Dahlias amongst these. The greenhouse is also full!!

We did much chatting while having tea and cakes, thank you so much April.

~I  was totally captivated by a Primrose , the wild one ‘vulgaris’ growing in one of the beds. It appears to be a semi-double  and most unusual. I came home and looked at my hundreds of primroses, not  a one like it. From a  quick bit of research I have done it may be a condition called ‘enation’ but equally it may not!!


 It is hard to see in the photograph . I will put up an album of the pictures I took.

Thank you so much for the welcome , the Dahlias,  and a most enjoyable visit.

Honesty is the best.....

05 May 2013 20:23:21
Honesty is the best.....

Honesty is the best.....

Plant at this time of year!!  Well one of many I agree but what a long flowering beauty it is . The one in the photo has been flowering for at least two months and still going strong. Then the lovely seed heads to enjoy.  I am going to plant it in other places for next year , it has form similiar to Pachyphragma  , at least to my eye! 

More murder at Ash Cottage

04 May 2013 14:12:47

Corporal Baxter

03 May 2013 19:35:13
Corporal Baxter

Corporal Baxter

I think this may be my favourite double primrose , such a true scarlet, big flowers. Looking forward to moving it to my double primrose bed but will wait until the blooms finish as it is so vibrant. Also think I will be able to divide it. Thanks so much Hosta :)

Cement. Mortar and Cobble

02 May 2013 22:51:16

To night's Garden

02 May 2013 22:12:20

I did it !

01 May 2013 20:11:39


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