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shade loving ground cover

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 16:13

So glad not everyone collapses when I mention ground elder - it really is a good ground cover int he right place - mine lives with pachysandrum and bluebells, plus other oddments that come up there.  I have little bulbs that have been and gone by the time it does its thing, some pale running ranunculus (celandine to all intents and purposes)  and blue scillas. Like the idea of the geranium macrorhizum in there, may transplant a bit of that there in due course. 

Ladys Mantel

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 16:03

10 quid for 4 alchemellia, someone is having a laugh!!   Any gardener near you who has this in their garden would be happy to give you dozens of them gratis - look around nearby and ask - gardeners love sharing on the whole.

Spring onion looking garlic

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:59

Each garlic needing its own pot very much depends upon the size of the pots you are using!  We always plant 3 cloves per tomato pot, and get very good crops.  Whether they get a frost or not depends upon the tyfpe of garlic and so when it is likely to ripen.  The leaves are good in stir fry.  Even if it does not split into cloves, the bulb is perfectly useable as garlic, when we did this one year it was exceptionally strong - may have been just the type of garlic, but be aware.

It is a good pot plant, and usually gives a good full flavoured crop. 

shade loving ground cover

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:54

Geranium phaeum is good, but it spreads ike a rampaging forest fire throughout the rest of the garden - be warned!  I now cut it down at the first sign of seed heads, and even so it pops up everywhere, and is too tall  and big to allow it its head as I can do with other plants.

Also for dry shade, pachysandra is very good, nicely shaped leaves and white spikey flowers.

This next bit is for gardeners with a very strong constitution.  We have a very large and well loved red sycamore half way down our garden - under which little will grow. Please sit down now if you are likely to faint ....... I have planted variegated ground elder there, it lightens up the area and looks wonderful.  As it has to really struggle for life it does not spread, it had s been there for about 10 years now, and remains more or less in place.  It is never, ever allowed to flower, it does occasionally try to hijack a lift out in a nearby pot, but so far I have spotted it and stopped the escape.    This is not something I would suggest except for the darkest, dryest & most inhospitable of places, but in these it really does do a great job.   I do have its weedy first cousin in another part of the garden, that is not welcome and seems to be trying for world domination - but we all know about that one. 

Hanging basket trial

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:43

Grew this last year, its lovely - it has grown again this year but is paler and rather straggly in comparison - mind, I just let it die down & kept it in the cool greenhouse.  Maybe I should cut it to the base this year.  

Hanging basket trial

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:43

Grew this last year, its lovely - it has grown again this year but is paler and rather straggly in comparison - mind, I just let it die down & kept it in the cool greenhouse.  Maybe I should cut it to tje base this year.  

Herbaceous/shrub clematis

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:41

... and lots and lots of water  until it goes down in the winter.  We have several of these nonclimbing clematis, they are very nice weaving their way wherever they will around other plants.  Mostly shades of purple so far, expect hybridisers will bring in more colours in due course. 


Posted: 28/05/2012 at 10:28

Oregano, or majoram, does do well in pots, but as I mentioned before, it does self seed everywhere.  We have several different types doing so, which I find Ok, but maybe in a smaller space might become overpowering.   It is amazing how big plants can make enough roots in what appears to be the tiniest of cracks and spaces - particularly foxgloves and verbascum.  Another vigourous self sower is columbine, unless you have the sterile new hybrids, they appear in the most amazingy tiny areas, as do the tiny daisies whose name I can't reacall just now - I had them in a pot from whence they seeded to the front steps - where they grow happily, though the potfull went years ago.  White tall campanula self seeds enthusiastically as well, again into the most incredible of places, as does blue lobelia from the hanging baskets.    I love all this self seeding, even if they are not specifically 'wild' plants, they are acting that way. 

Overwintered runner bans

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 10:22

Yes please, really want to hear how the beans get on.

In my trough in which I grew pumpkins last year, a very pretty deep pink petunia arrived, presumably from old compost.  I left it be, it has survived the winter, and is now coming into flower again.  I suspect that many of our annual plants could survive if we had the weather for  it, or kept them under cover - but usually we don't do this, nor have the room to do so.  Lovely when it happens naturally. 

Slugs and Snails

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 10:18

Copper tape does help around the hosta pots, using nematodes is good but a) very hard work, and b) nature abhors a vacuum, so all the neighbours slugs and snails come in once they realise ours had died!!   The organic pellets help a bit, but in the end we have to realise that we do share our gardens with all other living things - and sadly that includes slugs and snails.  I wonder if we would like ladybirds as much as most of us do, were they a different colour and pattern?

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