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Lily of the Valley

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 23:32

Hi Bbarb, from everything I'm hearing about lily of the valley, they can be very temperamental. I've heard some gardeners have it growing quite happily in dry and sunny positions. But elsewhere I hear it prefers damp and partial shade.

So having recently purchased five plants from the GC, I've planted all five in the shade of a large flowering redcurrant. After all, they are supposedly a woodland species. I shall give them plenty of water until established, especially as April has been bone dry so far. All we can do is try to keep them happy and keep our fingers crossed. Good luck 

Plant ID

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 15:14

I do put potato peelings in the compost bins. The circle of life 

Plant ID

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 23:37

There's three altogether Lyn, three dinners!!  How they got there I'll never know 

Plant ID

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 20:37

Really?? Yes I used homemade compost. Shall I leave it and we can make some chips?  Many thanks folks.

Plant ID

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 18:43

This has sprung up. Any ideas?

Bog garden soil

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 15:55

Hi GD, I just refilled with the topsoil that came out. But adding some homemade compost wouldn't do any harm certainly. What sort of plants are you planning to have? I've got meadow sweet, ragged robin, geum rivale, purple loosestrife and snakeshead fritillaries. Other plants have self seeded and are happy there depending on preferred conditions.

Coir Compost Blocks

Posted: 19/04/2017 at 12:39

I'm using coir again this year, though adding some John Innes No 2. Peat based compost is becoming a thing of the past for me 

Which weeds/unexpected flowers do you like to keep?

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 21:19

Nut - that's my idea of heaven  Glorious wildflowers.

I think my first wildflower was a little clump of dog violets that appeared one spring. Since then I've tried to propagate as many different species as possible. The latest are some germinating hedge woundwort and a purchased specimen of valerian officinalis. I have some herb robert too 

Valerian Officinalis

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 13:38

No it's not the Red Valerian (I think it's called?), that grows out of walls everywhere, even though I do have that too. I mean the tall, willowy plant that has medicinal properties. Nut, I've planted it this morning towards the bottom of the garden near the pond. It's damper down there, shady too. Does anyone know if slugs like it?

Also planted my Cornus Sibirica near there. Hopefully that will replace the photinia red robin I've grown tired of.

Valerian Officinalis

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 23:11

Bought one of these today from the wild flower section of the GC. Anyone have any experience of this plant? Looks pretty and grows tall 

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Plant ID

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Too many plants

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Verbena Bonariensis

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