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Get your garden out

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Quiz: Name that plant.
Time of year for this to flower.
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Grew it from seed I got from outside Holland Park House when they pruned theirs. Must be 30 years old now.
 
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Basingstoke, UKw
We've just had a tidyup. Our Bee Garden is slowly coming on. Battling a weird mix of soil down there, including clay. Also keeping finding buried paving slabs. The vine weed and scarlet pimpernel (both lovely) keep threatening to choke everything, so trying to keep it at least a bit under control. Sowed loads of wildflower seeds, but barely anything came up! Hoping by next year it will be packed with insect friendly plants. Excuse the refuse bags.
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This is what the Bee Garden area looked like when we moved in:
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I think that garden has just been waiting for you to move in @NatalieHurrell! Your planting must have changed the area so much already & when the plants are more mature next year you'll have bees everywhere! Don't worry about the wild flowers not germinating, we tried a wild patch a few years ago & are still getting odd plants pop up at random such as this great mullein (verbascum thapsus) with a 5ft flower spike!
 

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I think that garden has just been waiting for you to move in @NatalieHurrell! Your planting must have changed the area so much already & when the plants are more mature next year you'll have bees everywhere! Don't worry about the wild flowers not germinating, we tried a wild patch a few years ago & are still getting odd plants pop up at random such as this great mullein (verbascum thapsus) with a 5ft flower spike!
Thank you. The mullien is stunning.
 
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Bristol
Any thoughts on this . Every summer get damage by Lily beetles. All the lily's are in pots as it's a small space. Very hard to control as we know and defy anyone to find one when they fall off. Just now nothing(everything crossed) and lily's in bud no damage or sign of presence at all. I noticed l have put a small Rosemary plant in a pot among them in winter for protection . The Rosemary taking off, could it be companion planting detecting the beetles
stick an umbrella under or place on a tarp/shower curtain if in pots, give the beetles time to get back on the plants, then shake off onto he catch area and dispose of them
 

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Good idea thanks. No beetle or larva damage . Buds bursting ready to flower. Might be the Rosemary or more likely seasonal.Maybe weed membrane cut to container size @not called Bob Not seen many aphids about either this year
 
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Good idea thanks. No beetle or larva damage . Buds bursting ready to flower. Might be the Rosemary or more likely seasonal.Maybe weed membrane cut to container size @not called Bob Not seen many aphids about either this year
That’s because I have them all on this freshly cut, well 24 hours ago plum.

Yesterday was perfect for prunus pruning. Low humidity, sunny, bit of a breeze and the ground moist from last weeks rain. So time to remove lots of growth.

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England
I second the rain, been jigging around trying a rain dance but only succeeded in embarrassing the cats who all went back to sleep! My water butts are really low so I've had to reduce the water change volume in my aquaria.
The pond looks so, so much nicer surrounded by gravel. I think it creates a more soft appearance so even the edging cobbles blend in. A collection of creeping plants & it will be perfect!
 
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