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by Trainer John
Tue Oct 02, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: 2012 album
Replies: 27
Views: 1433

Re: 2012 album

Where's the rain, wind and slug damage? It's not fair. :D

Seriously, it's looking good and all credit to you for keeping up your high standards even with this rotten summer.
by Trainer John
Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Overbecks garden, Salcombe
Replies: 8
Views: 639

Re: Overbecks garden, Salcombe

Thanks for sharing this, John. I dug out my colour prints from my visit fifteen years ago and compared them to your vid. The exotic planting is much more generous now and the Trachycarpus steps are even more impressive now that they are much taller. I must get some of my old slides scanned - I'm su...
by Trainer John
Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:59 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Overbecks garden, Salcombe
Replies: 8
Views: 639

Overbecks garden, Salcombe

For anyone who hasn't been to Overbecks down here in Devonshire I've put together a 10minute video of the garden I shot on Thursday. It was my first outing with my newly acquired Canon 600D and the first time I've tried to put together a DSLR shot video so apologies for shaky camera work, poor editi...
by Trainer John
Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Honey Bee on Melaleuca armillaris
Replies: 10
Views: 684

Re: Honey Bee on Melaleuca armillaris

I took some photos of bees visiting my sedum and posted them on my blog. Rather than reposting here's the link - http://johnrichmond100.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/the-sedum-is-flowering-and-with-it.html . The variety was fascinating. And if you've ever wondered what pollinates passion flowers, here's th...
by Trainer John
Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Name the tree
Replies: 6
Views: 463

Re: Name the tree

Clerodendron trichotomum. I've not grown it but it is reasonably hardy judging by plants I've seen in local gardens. The flowers wil give way to blue seeds in a red seed case.
by Trainer John
Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Dutchy Schefflera Rhododendrifolia
Replies: 28
Views: 2962

Re: Dutchy Schefflera Rhododendrifolia

This is what the Garden House one looked like in May 2010. The garden is only 7 miles away but I haven't popped in recently so no more up to date pictures I'm afraid. It was about eight to nine foot tall when I last visited and this is one of the stems of what is a multi stemmed plant. Schefflera_rh...
by Trainer John
Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:40 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Four garden pics
Replies: 15
Views: 885

Re: Four garden pics

GoggleboxUK wrote:
Trainer John wrote: Two marriages later I'm still here.
I'm assuming your doctorate is in law if you've managed to hold on to your house through two marriages.

:lol:
I knew I'd picked the wrong subject :D

New wife, new house - bought it cheap in 1996 (ex council house).
by Trainer John
Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:13 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Four garden pics
Replies: 15
Views: 885

Re: Four garden pics

Adam D wrote:
I used to live in Plymouth in the 70s, up in Manadon, just down from the Royal Naval college.
About a mile southwards from me. The college is no more - just housing. I moved here in '74 to do my doctorate and sort of stayed. Two marriages later I'm still here.
by Trainer John
Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:59 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: A wander round my garden
Replies: 24
Views: 1685

Re: A wander round my garden

Lush, green and undamaged by slugs and snails. What's not to like :D

That Rodgersia podophylla looks superb. I am really considering getting one to replace a Hydrangea 'Blue Wave' at the back of my little pond. With leaves like that I don't care if it doesn't flower (the hydrangea doesn't!).
by Trainer John
Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: forget the land-based exotics....
Replies: 9
Views: 752

Re: forget the land-based exotics....

Back in my younger days ( a distant memory now) I was a diver. I never got further than Guernsey but dived on a lot of sites around Plymouth and the South coast. I can still remember sheets of jewel anemones - vivid reds, blues and greens - on underwater cliff faces, looking up to the surface throug...
by Trainer John
Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Heligan - Photologue
Replies: 14
Views: 1093

Re: Heligan - Photologue

Aralia elata Thanks, I had a feeling it was an aralia but wasn't sure. I seem to recall it had thorns on the underside of the leavs, is that right? Adam I think the area around the lake was just called The Jungle. The Rhodo with the red petiole is really nice. Do you know what species it is? I don'...
by Trainer John
Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:38 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Think I'm ready to show my garden
Replies: 34
Views: 1806

Re: Think I'm ready to show my garden

Beautifully laid out with very clean lines. With hard landscaping like that it will continue to look great as the plantings mature. I think you were definitely ready to show your garden icon_cheers
by Trainer John
Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: pics of my garden
Replies: 18
Views: 1422

Re: pics of my garden

call wrote:the rockery and the alpine house
Looking good :D The red, tubular flower is Zauschneria californica - great for the front of a sunny, well drained border (but don't shade it out like I did).
by Trainer John
Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Four garden pics
Replies: 15
Views: 885

Re: Four garden pics

Excellent planting there John, a lovely natural looking garden. I've been after a brightly coloured, non-green Phormium myself. Is yours a Jester? I've been umming and ahhing between that, Pink Panther and the Rainbow Maiden varieties as they contrast so well with evergreens. Whichever yours is, I ...
by Trainer John
Tue Jul 31, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Four garden pics
Replies: 15
Views: 885

Re: Four garden pics

Good looking garden John icon_thumright I also was going to ask about the flowers but was going to say the lilac flowers. I presume it is a lacecap Hydrangea. Yes, it's one I bought as 'Midnight Blue' (very cheaply in a sale :D) but I can find no reference to it anywhere. However, it's got black st...