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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by db, Oct 29, 2007.
I do like Acers.
Not a tip... but I have a thing for Salvias, I have 3 different types, but quite a few of those types dotted about the garden that I've taken from cuttings...
I have a new 'Cherry Lips' one...
Then I have a 'Hot Lips' and a Neon pink (can't remember it's name) one.
Anyhow a few weeks ago, before they had flowers on, Mrlittleme became convinced that one was a mint plant & not a Salvia, and because I can never remember where I've planted my cuttings, I wasn't very convincing when I told him it wasn't mint, and it was a Salvia.
'It's definatly mint' he said...
'eat it then' I said...
So he did, and still insisted 'its mint'
Today, I realised I was right, it's the Neon Salvia....
I should probably state that it's not a good idea to get your hubby (or anyone else) to eat unidentified plants....
One of our Acers has got really scorched this year, the other is fine. They are on opposite sides of the garden, the scorched one in full sun.
Pittosporum is grown as hedges all round the Isles of Scilly, originally to protect the daffodils.
After walking around the lake this morning I came home and sat outside and drank several cans of cold beer in the back garden. I observed.
This is my garden, it isn't very big, and the only work I do in it is mow the lawns (reluctantly.) Only the Big Cheese upstairs is a worse gardener than me, (assuming of course he/she exists, yeah, right.)
Now it isn't very neat, it's f****** chaos if truth be known. I'll admit the two trees on the left (Ash and Oak) are due to my input, but that's because I drink in a local pub where 'great trees are thrust upon you.' But it's got all kinds of weird plants growing all over the place (nature is the very definition of chaos theory) and I think it looks nice. Clearly, from my observations from a chair surrounded by empty beer cans, nature agrees with me. (Maybe the Big Cheese isn't such a bad gardener after all.)
According to Seek I've also got: Redclaws, Mophead Hydrangea, Sweet Mock Orange and the tree on the right is some kind of unidentified cherry tree (probably a CIA plant.)
It also said I've got an unidentified plant called: Dicot. Yeah, OK, even an APP has the right to take the piss out of you.
By the way, the device you see running through the picture is called:
A washing line.
A washing line.
Vegetable and mineral, with animal connections. (And if you get that joke, you're older than you're letting on.)
Some tumbler dryer types might not understand this technology.
I think your garden looks lovely @BobClay! I just wish ours was as big.
The accidental flower beds are progressing nicely.
My lilies are almost finished flowering. I’ve deheaded them but what do I do with the main stalk? Just leave it bare or cut it down to ground? If I cut it down can I plant something else in the pot next to the stumps so the pot still looks pretty with the other plants in there?
I don't know anything about Lillys, sorry @peggy, we never have them as they are highly poisonous to cats...
Oh I didn’t know this, I’ve got two cats :/
Apparently all parts of the lilly including the pollen if they get it on their fur, can poison them We have 3 cats, if anyone ever buys me flowers with lillys in I put the flowers in the spare room where the cats can't get in.
So, my poor Azalea has only 1 flower, the peony behind didn't flower at all, the other peony didn't even grow leaves, the roses haven't grown much at all and have had hardly any flowers yet. The only thing that's doing OK are the weeds!
I found this on lillys though...
When the flowers have faded, remove them and developing seed pods. Keep the plants growing strongly after they have finished flowering – a weekly liquid feed is beneficial – so that the bulbs build up plenty of energy for flowering the following year. Don’t remove the flower stems and foliage until they die down in autumn, when they should be cut down to ground level.
Nearly all types are perfectly hardy and can remain in the ground throughout winter.
After several years growing in the same place, lift and divide them and separate out the young bulbils.
Got a couple of Clematis up the garage wall doing ok, they've been having regular doses of fish, blood and bone .
The Accidental Flower Beds continue to give value for money, although there seems to be some unknown person taking advantage of the raised bed...
Investigations will continue...
I walked the lake this morning and with one eye on the weather radar (rain blob approaching) mowed the lawns. Then I saw this flower growing on a green thing in the corner, so I pulled my phone out of its quick draw shoulder holster and hit it with SEEK.
The App tells me it's Sweet Mock Orange. Latin name: Philadelphus coronarius.
Wait a minute !!! Philadelphia is in the US, and coronarius sounds a bit IFFY to me in these days of COVID !! I think I'll search Ebay for a used but working World War Two flame thrower ....
Ok thanks for that.
Now I’m not sure if this is possible, legal or moral but on my regular walk I’ve noticed wild foxgloves. Is it possible to take cuttings? And if it is how best is it to do ?