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Posted: Yesterday at 20:25

to the mtns last night to look at the blood moon solar eclipse-hmmm. garden flourishing although on sat. humidity down to 7%-things most splendid ever although i believe i feel that way every spring-was in the mtns growing medicinal herbs last summer so garden dried out a bit- most things seem ok but rhubarb very spindly-this year i shall coddle it-first time in many years i havent added any new plants although it is still early-went to a good growing nursery yesterday and either already had or didnt want everything i saw-what a prickly thing rosa hugonis-after i eliminated pimpinellifolia  swore off such things but maybe not-these lilies are amazing


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 09:47

alyssum muralis and lathyrus vernis 


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 09:34

magnolia loebneri-nice owl jack 3 


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 08:14

this year all the magnolias bloomed together-a first-usually stellata is finished when the others are begining. an urn of lilies -alyssum muralis with aubrieta audrey-spring can do color combos that would be perishing in summer-lathyrus vernis really a nice little thing-philadelphus aurea-good flowers and scent but the leaves are the thing. rosa hugonis and forsythia pendula both done from cuttings 2 years ago have decided to flourish-campsis flava is now half the size it was when i planted it 3 years ago. 1;230;468 siberian elms sprouting in the garden-they are nasty unkempt abandoned looking things until they



reach the age of 40. 

oriental poppies

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 05:05

when the poppies start to grow again in early summer dig and split them-theyll probably fall into pieces-youll probably have dozens- get them at the same soil level water and there it is

Plant Id please

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 04:49

the leycesteria should have brilliant yellow stems and leaves-looks like it needs to be cut back to the ground after new growth starts-youll lose the flowers but the plant will be much more ornamental- 

Pruning a magnolia?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 04:30

magnolias are wonderfully adaptable-fussy about neither soil, exposure nor wind-good drainage and never standing water-if you wait too long to plant it the roots will never break out of the ball-sort of like daphnes-i say into the paddock with it-i prune my magnolias to keep them off the deck-they are 15' tall-good luck

Magnolia Tree Query

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 04:06

red lucky is a beauty-ten years to approach full size-without careful pruning it will be wider than tall-good drainage and not to much water-soil doesnt seem to matter-good luck

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:55

 autumn has its pleasures and sometimes i think its my favorite but spring-oh lord what could be better

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 21:45

thanks for the kind words-80 and thunderstorms today-planting tomatoes which is probably insane but fortune favors the bold-the garden look is inspired by the fact that i can never se a plant without wanting it


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just curious

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searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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