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Love Hate relationship with plants

JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 894
I just had one of my Love it one moment, hate it the next with a lily……

love it so much I bent over it for a smell, immediately regretted it as the bright orange pollen ended up all over my new t shirt!

do any of you have similar love hate feelings about a particular plant?


  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    There are quite a number of plants I like that get totally encrusted in blackfly - campion, my Nabob, nasturtium. I forget how coated they get and think maybe it won't happen but it does and it's horrid.
  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 23,634
    Albertine Rose. Hundreds of beautiful buds and flowers. Then it dumps a layer of petals all over the underplanting. Any that don't get removed make a damp brown mess.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 894
    Oh I had forgotten about the black fly on the narsturtiums…. Fingers crossed this year it not been too bad. Perhaps the baby blue and black tits have been helping…. 

    I thought of another too…. Hanging baskets, love them when they are in full bloom….. hate them when it comes to dead heading petunias and constant watering.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    Yes indeed. Hanging baskets seem like a lovely idea until July.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,387
    I had loads of hanging baskets in Belgium but haven't hung a single one here.  Partly I'm worried about drilling into stone wall for hanging brackets and mostly because I realise I'll be watering them every 5 minutes.   Haven't yet come up with an alternative use for them.

    I really love our wisterias which are covered in gorgeous, perfumed racemes in late April and May but then all those flowers drop and we get them blowing in thru the constantly open door to the garden (dogs) or else making thick carpets of sodden blooms as they fall and get rained on.    Then I love them all over again when they're in their second flush, as now. 
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 894
    Yes I believe wisteria is lovely….. to look at over someone else’s fence…… like Magnolias and hibiscus…. All lovely when in bloom but so annoying when you get masses of soggy blooms after even the slightest rain 🌧 
  • CrazybeeladyCrazybeelady WarwickshirePosts: 597
    My clematis montana drives me up the wall throughout summer. It just grows so fast, I swear I can see it happen! It's ok in winter when it's dormant 😁 and then when it flowers.
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 894
    Yes my mum has a massive one, says she will let me cut it back, but then backs out as either it’s full of birds nests, or covered in buds which will be “so pretty”….. 
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    edited 13 July
    My wisteria drove me up the wall and I took it out. I miss my PITA montana. I miss my crazy-making ivy hedge too.

  • CrazybeeladyCrazybeelady WarwickshirePosts: 597
    I fantasise about getting rid but it'll never happen! No birds' nests in it unfortunately. 
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