Friday, 14 September 2012

Name that bloom #7

In a disturbing turn of events, I'm adding a flower that is not in my garden.

Now, I don't want you getting ideas that I'm in some way getting drawn beyond the practical world of vegetable growing into the whimsical land of petals. It's merely appreciation from afar. I promise.

That and after months of deliberation have invested in a lovely new camera. Bristol is awash with fuschias (is that how you spell it?) and I'm not a fan. But on a stroll past an unassuming terrace, this little gem called out to me. Any ideas?

Friday, 7 September 2012

Name that Bloom #6

Right, I imagine this is fairly simple for the more seasoned gardener.

Whatever it is, it rivals the apple tree next to it for height and keenness to impress. But it's not a tree, even if it thinks it is. The flowers are a bit sickly pink for my liking, and I'm not a fan of the leaves - make your mind up leaf, light or dark? None of this fancy business.

So, can anyone name this confused flower/tree for me?

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Bind Fury

Having only just rid myself of the evil Russian vine, I now have a new beast to contend with. 

Oh yes, it's here and blowing it's nasty white trumpet flower.


I've heard fearful tales about its promiscuity, with it's almost peacock like attitude when it flowers (look at me I'm gorgeous). But deep down I hear it is a monstrous force. "Roots like turnips" one scarred gardener said. "You need the most powerful weedkiller and use it on the leaves so that it absorbs it" said another.

Either way, I can see my hands will be full this autumn. Although given the power of this brute, I fear they may well be tied.

The Hapless Kitchen Gardener

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I only feel hapless because some people make it look easy to grow 10 ft marrows or a banquet of greens whereas my courgettes got nabbed by killer slugs and I only got one raspberry. So tips and stories from people less hapless than I are more than welcome. As a disclaimer though, none of my comments should be taken as expert advice on which you can rely! © Unless stated otherwise, and with the exception of guest content where that guest retains copyright, all photos and posts are the copyright of Tom Carpen and may not be used without permission.