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Favourite variety of your plants......

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:48

my favourite pulmonaria is Trevi Fountains. Grows in sun or shade - so fantastic for the many shady corners in my garden. Fabulous  leopard spotted leaves pretty much all year round, flowers for the bees in early spring. Low maintenance - just remove dead flower stalks and dead leaves to avoid mildew.

What would you do with this huge garden?

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 23:16

echo that! lucky you. Looks like you have lots of sun as well as space.

NYD flower count 2015

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 09:37

In borders: 1 hellebore in flower, lots more in bud; Cyclamen hederiflorum, fuchsia magellicana, chimonanthus praecox (wintersweet) is flowering madly whilst still has some leaves to drop, one very early snowdrop (but most still poking their noses up), 1 Japanese anemone, 1 geranium macrorhizzum, daphne aureomarginata in bud, camellia "Debbie" buds looking like they are about to open. In pots:  pelargoniums and violas flowering

Gardening challenges for 2015

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 21:00

my challenge is to get the much longed for "long season of interest". In my somewhat shady city garden, spring is fab but there's not enough going on in summer and autumn. I'm nurturing some hardy annuals in my mini-greenhouse and planning to get more summer flowering bulbs in. Also to expand my edible growing repertoire beyond herbs and tomatoes. Happy Gardening New Year everyone!


What are your favourite native flowers?

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 06:59

poppies in cornfields and the moon daisies that seem to thrive next to busy roads

Which tree for my garden?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 18:24

I have what I *think* is a katsura in my garden. It is beautiful - lovely weeping habit but with branches way above head height. Small round leaves, which go a gorgeous buttery orange in Autumn (September, usually) and make fab leaf mould (I am slightly obsessed with leaf mould). It was in the garden when I moved in 15 years ago, and I am still trying to make a positive ID! However, I am in London - I believe they don't thrive well in very cold, exposed sites. If I had to replace it, I would probably go for a Liquidamber - Rowans are pretty but a bit too small for me and they are being planted all over London. I am sorry you lost your honey locust, there are a few in neighbouring gardens and they are absolutely beautiful trees. If you can establish why the old one died and ensure the problem is fixed, I would replace like for like!


Posted: 27/11/2014 at 18:09

Enthused, they could be any one of the "stinkhorn" mushrooms. Google and you will see they are also called Phallacae - some of the images are um... interesting! Not a fungi expert but like other posters, I believe that these are amazing organisms and - in the main - harmless to us and our plants. Fungi perform functions in the garden that are only just beginning to be understood. I delight in them as a sign of a healthy ecosystem. I was delighted to see lots of "puffballs" colonising my front garden, as until five years ago, it was pretty much covered in concrete

Identify house plant

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 20:42

I think I have one of these - have never flowered. They are also known as Urn plants. Mine produced several offshoots which I potted up and gave to friends - they are fondly known as "Little Urns"

Giant Echium (echium pininana)

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 19:41

I'm growing echium from seed. If they germinate before midsummer, they should flower two years later, so yours should be getting ready to flower next year. Protect them from frost over winter.

winter gardening

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 20:17

for your baskets, why not have some variegated ivy (choose one of the smaller leaved varieties). It would tumble very prettily over the edges. I would suggest you think about a limited colour palette - in winter, white  and  silver come into their own - and think about foliage more than flowers to your budget go further. For flowers, the hellebores others have mentioned would be lovely, also pansies and cyclamen. Also look out for snowdrops, although you will probably have to wait to buy them in flower now.

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