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Posted: 13/04/2012 at 20:39

long walk in the snow today-very crisp but not cold. was driven out of the house by reading john ruskin on gardening-what an ass the man was.

ornamental pears, plums, peaches and cherries in bloom-beautiful in the snow. cosmos atrosanguinea from seed for the first time, nice-not so nice, lysimachia ephemerus has once again not survived the winter-i suppose i should give it up as a bad job. eremurus bungei is not happy-when the foliage dies back ishall lift, separate and replant-somewhere.


Posted: 11/04/2012 at 22:42

kolkwitzia amabilis  will bloom surrounded by lunaria- the color contrast may grate but right now the arching branches look very good in front of  the white fringed lunaria foliage. chaenomeles kingsii which was planted to bloom at the same time is a month early-ah well it is very good on it's own.


Posted: 11/04/2012 at 22:18

two superb days and then snow again this morning. a friend dropped by some strawberry plants. i don't like them but will plant them because my dear old granny said one should never spurn a well intentioned gift. why doesn't anyone ever give me a night blooming cereus? the great garden remake-stonework phase-is finished. i begin to suspect that it has become too victorian looking but the tapestry garden effect is very fine i think, and it gives me at least a years room for a few hundred more plants. two of the new evergreen kniphofias survived and two did not-not great but not bad for plants so tender.


Posted: 11/04/2012 at 22:05

toxoplasmosis can be a problem for people with impaired immune systems but all will probably be all right if you just rake it off.


Posted: 10/04/2012 at 20:41

clematis nellie moser is reaching up into weigela florida variegata- the flower colors are exactly the same and have the bluey-green foliage of thalictrum in front and an enormous buddleia alternifolia behind-the flowering times overlap just enough to be wonderful-the anchusa which added to the picture has gone so will replace it with some i did from root cuttings- some years allium purple sensation blooms late enough to add to the picture and then what joy there is. 


Posted: 10/04/2012 at 20:28

seeds sprouting thicker than hair on a cats back-am working on convincing myself that they are all things i might want. three roses that everyone should have if they have the space- nevada, hugonis and zephyrine drouhin. to a friends in the foothills-although only a few miles away it is higher and at least a zone colder than my garden. hundred of hybrid roses- mutilated sticks rising out of bare earth-hmmm.


Posted: 08/04/2012 at 19:46

a perfect easter morning-sunny, clear, warm. the perfect day for a ramble. nepeta and muscari blooming together bettween the cobbles in the back sunk patio.  eremurus himalaicus, which was moved about during an extensive garden remake has come back vigorously, several look as though they might reach 3 meters-yay! some plants make you glad you have them just because of their names.  two that i noted this morning are phlomis kashmiriana-what exotic visions that conjures- and nepeta souvenir d'andre chaudron, it has a reputation as a goer but not so for for me which is unfortunate because i visualized it weaving through the burgundy malva sylvestris and the artemisia guizhou-oh well, there is time


Posted: 06/04/2012 at 15:58

light snow every night but it will be 75f. on sunday and then a run of warm nights -excellent delphinium survival over the winter-there is one in the garden which will be 24 this year which may be a record-in those years hundreds have come and gone but guinevere goes on and on

just curious

Posted: 04/04/2012 at 20:47

members constantly mention garden size-usually to emphasize smallness-here in reno, nv. my 1/3 acre(how much is that in hectares?) is considered small-although because everything is planted the actual garden size is larger than most and about all i can handle in intensive mode-what about all of you?


Posted: 04/04/2012 at 20:37

hellebore foetidus in full bloom-christopher lloyd wrote that the name seemed misplaced-if he had visited my garden yesterday he would have smelled the truth of the name-not overwhelming but still nose prickling-perhaps however you do need dozens for the reek to be apparent

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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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all through the year 
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