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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:50

Oh totally vital Tracey 

 I got most of mine online so they weren't that expensive really and it's lovely at this time of year.That border is narrow and as I see it from the back windows of the house, I wanted plenty of highlights just now. There's a few later flowering things and a good bit of evergreen in it as well. Other parts of the garden will come to the fore in spring and summer so I wanted it  to look good for late winter mainly. It's all a bit messy in front of the border as I moved the shed and back gate last summer, and I have a path and a small lawn to do there, along with a few other things. 



Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:39

Wot no doughnuts Verdi? Are you not feeling well? 

Thinking of making some banana muffins today. Not sure if my waistline would thank me though. 

If I do some h*******k it'll work them off maybe...

north facing wall

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:35

People often think shade is a problem but there are loads of lovely plants which will grow in shade to give year round interest. There's dry shade and damp shade so take that into consideration too - some plants won't thrive in one but will in the other, and if it's very dark, paler colours light it up better than bright/deep shades.

PS - Euonymous is another useful evergreen which grows well in shade. Variegated foliage - green/gold or green/cream. Easy to obtain and grow.

Good luck with it. Keep us all  updated with pix as you go along.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:26

Here's Snow Bunting Tracey - it has some soft yellow at the base. I thought they'd be a bit creamier than they are but they're quite white:

 these are a mix of Cream Beauty and SB:

 Joan of Arc in front of a Ligularia. They have purple at the base and are about 6" tall :


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 11:09

Thank you Tracey. It's all very much in it's infancy and is a narrow border in front of a 6' fence- north/nw facing. Most of the crocus in those pix are Cream Beauty but I also have Snow Bunting which is whiter and a bit taller - I'll put  a pic on of those to let you see - they have lovely colouring at the base. I also have Joan of Arc which are the big white ones and are usually a bit dearer. I have a big pot of those crammed in as well as having some planted out. 

Privet Panic

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:28

It's normal practice to prune back when planting bare root hedging to encourage it to thicken up from the base, giving you a better result in the long run. Sometimes it's simply a question of cutting a few inches off a central stem but it just depends on the type of hedging. I'd agree with fidget - they shouldn't need watering so often. Water in thoroughly when planted and then let them get on with it. Just keep an eye on them during long dry periods. In another month they'll probably be putting on plenty of new growth  


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:58

Oooh all those posts weren't there when I did mine about Tony Benn. How strange. 

I wonder how many of today's politicians will be remembered in future - they all just seem interchangeable. No characters. Love 'em or hate 'em - many of his generation on all sides were at least interesting! 

Waiting for washing although it won't be going outside. More tea vicar? 

Iris Reticulata. Gordon Fletcher

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:51

Same as nut an pd,mine come back but they do diminish over time. I bought some last autumn and they have only just finished flowering - one pot is still looking good -and I've thoroughly enjoyed them.  They are pretty inexpensive and easy to grow, and provide a beautiful display at the end of winter, so worth every penny when they need replacing.  

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:46

That's a very good summing up fidget. The biggest killer of plants here is wet, cold soil as we have high rainfall and a lot of clay. I can grow most things as my soil is neutral, but for plants like Iris, Phormiums or Mediterraneum herbs like Rosemary, it's just a question of giving them what they need so I grow them in raised borders (or pots) where I can control that better. 

Come on Mike- storm on and give us your info 

north facing wall

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:34

The climbing hydrangea will love it there.  Not sure how much room you have but there are loads of plants which will be happy there. Gaultheria ( was Pernettya)  evergreen and lovey berries in white or pale pink. Polemonium (Jacob's ladder) blue or white flowering perennial, Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) pink or white flowering perennial, Astrantia- lots pink shades and also white flowering perennial, Polygonatum (Solomon's Seal) white flowering arching stems, perennial. Japanese Anemones - pink or white flowering perennial for later in the year. Hydrangeas - all sorts and colours - pink, blue and white flowering. The pink and blueones are often determined by different soil ph so you might want to check that, but the white ones are best for lighting up a shady corner. For evergreens, Fatsia japonoica has big architectural leaves, and I have just planted an Osmanthus on a north facing bed which is growing well. It has small white scented flowers so I'm looking forward to those! 

Loads of low growing stuff will be happy there too. Primulas, the prostrate Gaultheria, Tiarellas, and lots of bulbs like wood anemones (Anemone nemerosa) and snowdrops.

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