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Hi. Just joined today and wanted to say hallo. Love the garden, love the plants and love to natter about them. Grow a good range of plants Trees, Shrubs, Grasses etc etc but main interest is hardy herbaceous perennials especially foliage plants such as Hostas, Astilbe, Lysimachia, Rodgersia, Smilacina, Rudbeckia, Kirengeshoma etc etc. Not by any means an expert but have a reasonable experience. Keen 1. 


Hi Keen 1, welcome 

Hello keen1 and welcome.  Nice to,have ??ou here

Think I will enjoy your comments etc.  love those plants too....ESP grasses and hardy perennials.  More esp the tender perennials.

Its a bit more than a garden forum,.....some characters here, an ex soul singer,who thinks she's the best, a fake fairy who doesn't really have any magical powers at all ...we just,humour her....a doctor who's also a punk rocker, and .....etc. etc.  some knowledgeable people here too though

Hi Keen1, welcome! I'm EXTREMELY knowledgable, myself, but only about what I know. Don't know ANYTHING about what I don't know. Y'know? If you want an opinion about toughies for awkward spots, I'm your gal. And building stuff. And general design / plant combos. Rhodies, alpines, veggies and super-tenders, ask someone else. And I kill houseplants. Not on principle or anything - that's just how it seems to go.. Ho hum.

Hi all. And thanks. May I please say that I have been gardening now for 56 years so although far from being expert have learned a thing or two - should be good I think when/if we share our thoughts and experiences etc - looking forward to it. Ref toughies for awkward spots I know a few myself along with a goodly range of other plants - lets jaw - try me. Thanks again and regards.




Welcome Keen1 (fab name; sounds like something out of Star Wars)

Auntie Betty.  Maybe you could start a thread about plant combos?  It's what Im interested in too and I guess others would be.  What's your favourite combination?


Oldies but goldies on here. By the way we're all 27.

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Oldies but goldies on here. By the way we're all 27.

Or multiples thereof!

Welcome, Keen 1.


Verdun, I think my favourite plant combination constantly changes and if I think about it for a moment, it would be height, density and colour looking right and I wouldn't particularly mind what plants give me that combination. Does that make me a complete amateur?

Gardening Grandma

Hi, Keen 1. Welcome.  I am myself 27 - the others are just jealous!


I was 27  first   (do I really mean that )


i was 27 before you Dove, must have been months ago


you lot...I don't know...


Don't suppose you're 27 yet then Artjak? 



welcome keen 1 you will get lots of advice here if you need it.

Artjak, think I understand ??ou.  You are an artist and see things in a way that prob most of us do not.  Combinations don't have to be just colour they can be form, shape. Can complement or contrast......???

I,often meet up with an old fellow, himself an artist, when I take my dog on the Towans.  We talk about how he sees opportunities to paint something, etc.and he talks generally,in a way that shows his creative thinking so I tend to pick up on that.   I have no creative ability. play music, to sketch or draw or sculpt....but I guess I try to express myself in my garden.  



...and you express it beautifully Verdun... I try to do the same, as have no artistic leanings whatsoever.. so try to paint with plants.. sometimes my colours don't always match though... ...

hello Keen.... I've grown a few of those you like, Astilbe's and Rodgersia's... need a dampish garden I think for most of them... these days I'm much too dry... perhaps you'll tell us what shrubs you like best.. after 56 years of labour... and whether you are inland or by the sea....

Hi.  Puzzled. I sent a response which appeared  and then disappeared. Did I do something wrong pse?.