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WHAT'S LOOKING GOOD IN DECEMBER 2018

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by Zigs, Dec 1, 2018.

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  1. Verdun

    Verdun Passionate gardener

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    Happy birthday Mike.....:)

    I had a couple of presents I really dont want incl an Amazon Echo. I have to be seen using it too :noidea:. What's wrong with simply pressing on off buttons Alexa?:snorky:
     
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      One of my dipstick siblings bought my parents one (ever the show off). They didn't consider the fact that my Mum recently had a mild stroke and Alexa doesn't understand a word that she says :gaah:
       
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        Happy birthday mike:cheers:
        As for those Alexa things.........:dunno: I really don't 'get' them.
        As for what's looking good, my pelargonium cuttings are doing well, my cacti are looking good too and my statice in the garden seem to be looking more and more healthy :scratch: I thought they are an annual? The flowers are turning but the base is green and thriving :rolleyespink:
        My fushia cuttings could be better :frown:
         
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          According to national reports, plants and trees are completely mixed up because of the mild year and one of the sunniest years on record. We have certainly got some things progressing earlier than normal but not as fast as some of you on here.

          Funnily enough, I've looked back on last year and the sarcoccoca flowers had opened by now. They're still in bud at the moment.

          The heather is working hard at trying to bloom for the New Year
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          Although we lost well over 100 Hellebore foetidus in the drought the others are really starting to do well
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          The orientalis are struggling to bloom. None died in the drought so we have a good few hundred of them, but only three are blooming at the moment and are all protected by the heather
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            Still going despite six frosts so far
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            Even the feverfew is still blooming - just!
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            A little bit on the fragile side
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            Arum italicum are brightening up an area in our shady bed and will soon be ready to go into a lot of flower arrangements
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              Iris unguicularis...the pale form. Is yours the deeper blue, @shiney?20181225_155556.jpg

              Helleborus foetidus..not as advanced as Herts :)20181225_155612.jpg
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              A confused Choisya...and for some reason the Chimonanthus photo won't post like the others:scratch:
               

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                @noisette47 Yes, I think my one is a deeper colour but I call it more like purple/mauve. :)

                Only a guess about your last photo but it may be that the file is too big. :noidea:
                 
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                  1.7mb...but it is a bit blurry, so perhaps GC is picky about quality :heehee:
                   
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                    There..that's better!
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                    Boring old Cotoneaster..but it's something to look at from the kitchen window.20181229_101602.jpg

                    Nandina domestica...useful plant!
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                    Melianthus major for a bit of 'architecture'
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                    The beads on Melia azederach will hang on until Spring
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                    Another dibby Choisya with Phormium for contrast and self-set wallflowers
                     
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                      It's no good...every time I see these Fatsias, I think of red spider mite :whistle::biggrin:
                       
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                        Such an anticlimax in Jan for most folk I think but its a different story for (us) gardeners......new life is showing, the promise of flowers to come and the shortest day is well behind us :)

                        Re Alexa.......wont be too long when we will be controlling our cars with our voices. Need to speak clearly though....Alexa may take us to the wrong town:noidea:
                         
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                          It's actually called Fatsia spider's web :blue thumb:
                           
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                            I can do that with mine but I've turned it off!
                             
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                              Totally agree @Verdun I noticed how the days are starting to feel like they're getting longer again, and I have some spring bulbs pushing through too. That should help keep the January blues away, Spring is coming!

                              Been spending a lot of time in the garden keeping our new puppy company on her many, many toilet breaks! So it's given be plenty of time to notice things in the garden and hear the birds sing when I'd usually be hibernating indoors ;)

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                                Aaaah! Lovely puppy Sienna. :)
                                Nico here is now 11 months......we will be going to the beach soon. He still has to learn that shrubs here are not his toys :noidea:
                                 
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