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April in Your Garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 21:10


Posted: 26/04/2012 at 20:51

came home and found some people sitting on the deck smoking grass, drinking wine and looking at the garden. it surprises me how many of my old friends are still stoners-oh well, it's a peaceful sort of thing.hydrangea paniculata heavily budded. it is spurred every autumn and responds nicely. water plants showing off-reeds, rushes, pontaderia-lilies and polygonum amphibius(probably not it's name any more) are unfurling. the polygonum looks like persicaria bistort-very handsome but is a spreader-i pull about 90% out of the water every autumn. stachys helene von stein enormous-but is she worth it? kniphofia green eyed envy seemed to have disappeared but found it overwhelmed by galium, people seldom write what apest that one is. kniphofia little maid-one of beth chattos-looking good-if i could have only one it might be the poker i would keep. but then what would i do with red nancy?

April in Your Garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 20:35

april in the garden-a friend who feels my garden should be more productive(his words)brought a selection of herbs. what use is fenugreek? sounds nasty.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 20:33

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 21:09

warm morning, rather close but with a storm blowing in across the sierras, rain tomorrow but then warm again but only in the 70's-three record hot days in a row this past week


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 21:04

peony seeds need to be soaked, frozen for a month or six weeks and then defrosted for a few weeks- its easiest just to plant them in the autumn-surface sow after soaking and leave them til the next spring when the will germinate, they hybridize easily but do take three years to reach blooming size- i have four new ones that will bloom this year.

Name !!!!

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:58

there was a rose called oscar levent but god knows if its still in cultivation


Posted: 25/04/2012 at 20:51

cercis forest pansy badly broken up by winter winds but blooming beautifully- the exact shade of the magnolia loebneri  behind it, very good with the early morning sun shining through. saxifrage urbium, london pride, doing poorly while the more difficult flourish, oh well, i shall coddle it a bit and tell people it is a great rarity. gentian acaulis blooming, a friend asked what the color was and i could only think of gentian blue-when a name is a descriptive how does one describe it? a gold leafed lamium,with lysimachia mummularia aurea and tradescantia aurea, if you don't know the tradescantia it is i think the most brazen, in both senses, of all the yellow leaves and quite vigorous despite a complete lack of green in its complexion


Posted: 24/04/2012 at 23:05

this justin-seedling miniature iris open-3"tall, less than 2" across. white and pale purple with white falls highly reflexed. something to be said for gardening with fairly severe ADD, you do get a lot of different things going-unless you forget them entirely.


Posted: 24/04/2012 at 21:07

wonderful day today-lawns full of dandelions and the air full of the scent of lilac-magnificent this year. iberis starting-it is everywhere from seed-cornus controversa about to bloom-the caterpillars do love it so. cornus sericea hedgerow gold is possibly the best variegated dogwood(green, gold,  pink) or is it just that it is new? two seedling clematis and four seedling peonies will bloom for the first time this year, always exciting although seldom anything worthwhile-one of the ancestors of the peonies is hana dai-jin a single japanese, so, perhaps? ligularia stenophila is back, not really a goer here but it mayl settle in-five kinds of filipendula are all coming at the same rate-highly unusual but isn't every year? arounfd town wonderful tangerine colored tulip.

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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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