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Profile Image Graham Rayner

gardengimp

Creating a new garden from scratch. Interested in ferns, succulents, alpines, climbers, herbaceous perennials, grasses, and composting. West Yorkshire

Eryngium x zabelii 'Big Blue'

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gardengimp

White tailed bumblebees going berserk for #eryngium-bigblue #macro

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midnightgardener

He's enjoying that. I love to see Bees 💛💛🖤💙

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gardengimp

@midnightgardener eryngiums are fantastic for bees, there's rarely a moment when they're not covered in bees👍

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midnightgardener

@gardengimp It's a shame I didn't sow my seeds of them then, next year I will though. I still get lots of Bees around they love the plants I've got. Salvia's are a favourite of theirs too and that makes me happy, as I love Salvias. 😁♥️♥️

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gardengimp

@midnightgardener maybe you could sow now and overwinter the seedlings so you've got a head start next year? Is it Big Blue or another one you've got? I grow this, e.planum (bought as root cuttings, less hassle germinating seed) plus a rare one I've not added to the database yet. I love salvias too, there's nothing to not like 😊

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midnightgardener

@gardengimp Ah, so you can start them early as you can with Sweet Peas? I sowed them in Autumn after reading they benefit from a cold start, and it said they grow to be stronger plants. They worked well too. I can't say what type of Erig wotsit 😁I've got. They're in the greenhouse but I'll give it a go with them. Thank you for the suggestion 💙💙

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gardengimp

@midnightgardener well to be honest I'm no seed growing expert, but I let mine seed in the border last year and now I've got hundreds of seedlings that appeared this spring, which sounds about right as I've read they need cold to germinate. Maybe sow in Autumn? Or you could go to Morrisons and get 3 fully grown plants for a fiver 😁

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gardengimp

White tailed bumblebees going berserk for #eryngium-bigblue #macro

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thehardygardener

Hi bee, great photo

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pelly

Wow wow wow 🐝🐝🐝

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plants

Lovely up close photo 📷

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gardengimp

Thank you Judy @plants

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gardengimp

#eryngium-bigblue See Holly. Yes I do. She's big and blue. Violet Beauregarde springs to mind..

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Mary200631

Beautiful

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solly1961

Fab 📷, beautiful dumpy thistle. See the Violet resemblance 🤣

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gardengimp

@solly1961 😁 I like to write random cryptic comments every now and then!

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gardengimp

#eryngium-bigblue Not even fully blue yet #sorrynotsorry

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gardengimp

#eryngium-bigblue getting ready to shred any neighbouring flowers in the breeze.

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gardengimp

#Eryngium #eryngium-bigblue #blue #sea-holly

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kez001uk

That colour 🤤💙

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gardengimp

I'm not sure about blue pink and yellow together @kez001uk 🤔 what do you reckon? I lack the woman's touch for colour and design! 😂😂

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kez001uk

@gardengimp I love it as a combination! But as for a woman’s touch, my artistic eye has been blind since birth 🤣

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gardengimp

Still better than mine 😊 Well if one person loves it that'll do for me 😄 @kez001uk

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kez001uk

@gardengimp it has my vote, for whatever that’s worth 😛

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gardengimp

Practically the same photo I post every year, but here we go again, blue starting to creep down the stems💙 #eryngium #sea-holly #bigblue

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lovemygarden65

Beautiful 💙💜💙

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natii

What a beautiful colour 😍

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DickieLeysh

Love it.

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gardengimp

#autumnblooms #eryngium #seaholly Still going 🤔😃

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jpea

I love a sea holly, they have an amazing flower, second only to a rose

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gardengimp

You just reminded me I still have zero roses in my garden @jpea, something I must remedy before next year

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brighton

U can get some good rose bargains at this time of yr @gardengimp

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gardengimp

I'll have a look around once pay day lands @brighton 😊👍🏻

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jpea

Oh a real omission @gardengimp especially with your skill Graham just pick the right place and we'll sort out a rose to fill it 😉

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gardengimp

@jpea I always thought of roses as too stereotypical of gardening, but I've come around to the idea since joining Garden Tags 😊I know a good north facing climber, in need that and a west facing climber. The sadly absent this year @RicardoListeretti recommended a great apricot/tan coloured rose, but it's going against a white wall and I need more contrast. I don't know what you mean about skill! 😂😄

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jpea

Have a look at Whiskey Mac, lovely colour and there's a superb deep red scented climber but it's name eludes me at the moment. This rose will need support in the form of horizontal wires or a trellis though.

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gardengimp

I'm looking at Zephirine Drouhin, seems to tick all the boxes. Whiskey Mac also looking good, maybe there's somewhere east I can squeeze it in... 😆😁 I plan to use wire and barrel strainers to tension up 👍🏻@jpea

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jpea

Like it Graham, that's what I'm planning to use too 👍👍 @gardengimp

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sventress

Love it 👍🏻

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gardengimp

😎👍🏻@sventress

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gardengimp

#eryngium #sea-holly #bigblue

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nessas

Stunning blue 💙

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pelly

That's gorgeous, I can't wait for mine to "blue" up 💙💙💙

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gardengimp

It's been loving that baking sun we've had @pelly 😀☀️

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susieg

Those look fabulous 🤗

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Denise16

Wow beautiful blue😊

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Muzz67

Wonderful colour 😍

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Keely

Fabulous 💙💙💙

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gardengimp

Woo the stems are going blue now, and it's growing more flower stems from the base.

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stephent

Lovely to watch too.. @gardengimp

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gardengimp

It is @stephent. Not bad for its first year

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Keely

Its electric love it 💙

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gardengimp

Certainly get a shock off it if you bend over too quick near the bugger @Keely!

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Keely

Haha that's the only problem with them mine must be diff variety not as blue or big n spikey as this one 😁😁

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gardengimp

I can't complain @Keely, it does what it said on the tin. Big. Check. Blue. Check. :D

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clickchick

Wow that looks amazing 😍😍

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tina

Do like sea holy 💙

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richard.spicer.7906

👌🏼😀

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mich

I love sea holly they are so unusual..love the colour 😍

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gardengimp

I love stuff like this @clickchick and roll my eyes at pansies, begonias, and hanging baskets

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gardengimp

Colouring up nicely

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clickchick

Gorgeous photo 😀

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gardengimp

Thankyou Jean @clickchick :)

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brightcolours

#seaholly

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cjh123

Love these but cant seem to grow them any secrets @gardengimp 🤔

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brightcolours

#seaholly-advice

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stephent

Beautiful @gardengimp

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gardengimp

Well @cjh123 this is my first time growing sea holly. I'd say my only secret is garden compost. I mixed the excavated soil, compost and horticultural grit (roughly 30-30-40) in a bucket and backfilled the hole with the rootball in position. I also had a layer of grit under the rootball in the hole, as they like good drainage as well as humus rich soil to allow the roots to penetrate. I fed with liquid growmore every week until buds appeared and then switched to tomato feed. It's on a sunny west

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gardengimp

West facing wall. Hope this helps!

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cjh123

Thank you @gardengimp will give it a try 🤔

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gardengimp

#eryngium

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gardengimp

I knew it was up to something

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lovemygarden65

Great photo 👍

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gardengimp

This happened this afternoon on an overcast rainy day, sure they will put in an appearance soon :) wondering to stake or not, it's not massively tall, hmm @linfoster

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stephent

Just gorgeous...

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gardengimp

Trip to wilkos for a support tomorrow @linfoster :) I'll be proper radged off if it breaks in the wind! Thanks

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gardengimp

Cheers @stephent. Hopefully it will gradually go blue now :)

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gardengimp

I lost a couple of aquilegias too, their flower heads battered down into the lawn by the rain and stems broken at the base :( Hope your cosmos only broke in the middle, you might get bushier plants?

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stephent

@gardengimp that would be lovely...

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gardengimp

More photos to come of course @stephent :)

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stephent

@gardengimp.. I'd hoped you'd say that... Look forward to them😉

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gardengimp

#eryngium #blue #spiky

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gardengimp

Eryngium contemplating doing something interesting maybe...

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yvette303a

Yep mines doing the same at the moment. Just spiking me whenever I go anywhere near it.

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gardengimp

Know what you mean @yvette303a i got into bed last night and found a spike lodged in my finger! Ow! At least it's one the slugs won't touch ;)

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gardengimp

@deborahbanks

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