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Posted: 18/04/2012 at 19:06


Posted: 18/04/2012 at 18:46

one clump of lysimachia ephemerum did in fact survive, yay. on the other hand sisyrhinchium striatum has utterly and i fear irreversibly collapsed. oh woe, oh dolor, oh damn. magnolia liliaflora is in full bloom, hundreds of very small flowers this year. glaucium sprouting, malva sprouting, geraniums everywhere, won't weed any out and see if the garden is a cloud of blue-it could happen. aconite ivorine has recovered from what i did to it(attempted total eradication before i realized i wanted it as part of a new planting) searching i found one root that had sprouted and it is slowly coming back. 


Posted: 16/04/2012 at 19:46

the self sown cosmos atrosanguinea are all sprouting next to rocks-did the rock provide enough warmth or moisture or whatever to allow the very tender seed to survive? callirhoe sprouting everywhere, what a fine plant but i suppose i have to take some measure of control or the paths will be impassable this summer.

Dead Daphne

Posted: 16/04/2012 at 19:38

once established daphnes are extremely drought tolerant, they also do not like being fed. here in reno nv.where it is very dry indeed mine are watered once a summer one of them is 30 years old and ten feet across-they really thrive on neglect


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Posted: 15/04/2012 at 18:28

great morning. the wonderful smell of poplar leaves just as they begin to unfurl. alyssum citrinus blooming with aubrieta audrey-glaringly obvious but nice. self sown muscari growing through alyssum alpinum. wine red lilac blooming in front of the still sparse tendrils of humulus aurea. looking at a planting and thinking that a gold leafed agastache would be nice and finding one sprouting in the gravel. i have decided to leave the fallen ivy covered apple tree as my tribute to the picturesque. my dear grandmamma used to say that fancy words don't make laziness any less lazy. whatever could she have meant? the annual battle to eradicate rosa pimpinellafolia begins today.


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.

Discussions started by david spikes

along came a spider

i'd run away too 
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autumn crocus

do you grow them 
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dahlias dahling

show us your best 
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whats cooking from the garden

its all good 
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sunflower seeds

and the pear tree is full of birds cooing and twittering 
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phlox paniculata

would that they were mine 
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Last Post: 26/08/2014 at 13:26

clematis tie dyed

great blue variegation first of its type 
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what were they thinking of

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great thread on underachievers. think we need to balance it. do you have something which has gone gonzo this year after fiddling about forever? 
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Last Post: 06/06/2014 at 16:33

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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Last Post: 08/05/2012 at 10:26


all through the year 
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