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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 16:47

Lyn, wow

Beaus mum; I just bung them in, but the bed is an oval surrounding a tiny lawn, so I do consider 'echoing' colours. So if there is a salmon pink for example in the foreground I try to have a glimpse of something else salmon lurking in the background.

It's worth having quite a few different alliums for early in the summer; they add a bit of height and some like shubertii are truely spectacular, even though not one of the tallest. Everything this year is about 30/40 cm taller than usual because of the weather.

ngs garden in Peterborough

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 16:42

It's by appointment only as both the people work freelance. But they really know their stuff and were very patient with my ignorance All the Hostas at the entrance are in pots, which get moved I guess in the Autumn to make way for 60 varieties of Snowdrops!

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 16:36

Yvie, i loved your samplers. I spent the long winter evenings doing some tapestry for a cushion

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/53539.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 My favourite piece of embroidery (I have a few ) is probably from the 1920s or 30s

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 I am learning how to do all these stitches, so I can do something like this next winter

ngs garden in Peterborough

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 16:32

Yesterday, nutcutlet and I went to see a small but exquisite garden on  a modern estate.

When you first enter you are in a small vestibule formed by a Portugese Laurel (Nut will correct all my mistakes on plant names I hope) There are some wonderful Hostas in this area

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 and glowing bamboo

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 more hostas

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 Then the larger area;

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 with a small pond,

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 Then even more unusual hostas

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 This one has a twisted form to the leaves

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 Miniature Hostas! I didn't know there was such a thing.

Rob the gardener here then very kindly gave us cool drinks and showed us the estate allotments (every estate should have this!)

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 delicious black beans possibly Italian

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 I think this is a homemade polytunnel; brilliant

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 artichoke now useful for a flower arrangement

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 Canes fastened with plastic bottles

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 16:11

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/53522.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 A lovely cream Californian Poppy

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 A happy mix - non of my doing, they just want to be like that

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 Sunflowers sown by birds from hulled sunflower seeds

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 08:26

Sorry, should have typed 'done so'

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 08:26

Have just dine so Mike

border plant decision time - Leylandii backdrop !!

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 21:42

Come on marky give us a break we can't recommend anything till we know the weather and soil conditions you are dealing with, so you have to give us a rough idea of where your garden is located.

Talkback: Dealing with bindweed

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 21:39

It sounds wonderful; but then I don't have munchkins in my garden

Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 21:35

So I have to be here from 7a.m. to 7p.m. for them to collect. Have been out with Nut for most of the day, at a BBQ this pm so will repack the thing at 6.30 am 2morrow

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ngs garden in Peterborough

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