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Rockery plan

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 20:04

There are lots of books on how to build a rockery - either from the library or secondhand very cheaply from the net.  They used to be all the range in Victorian times.  My alpine plants go into my scree garden which is slate on top of well drained soil with a few outcrops of rocks for sun roses(helianthemums), saxifrages etc.  I built it myself when I was over 80 so no mountains for me.  But I did watch a large rockery (the Meiterranean Bank) being built at the Bristol Bot. Garden where I am a volunteer gardener and that is how it was the professional gardeners.  They had mechanical dogger to help.

Rockery plan

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 16:45

Your rocks will have strata which will give you an idea how to position them like they were in the wild.  I would build the "mountain" first and the dig into it to place a rock.  

Rockery plan

Posted: 20/06/2012 at 16:04

If only it was that simple!  I'm afraid your plan will have your rockery plants despairing in a year or two.  take your time and do it properly.  First you have to get rid of the grass and any perennial weeds by keeping out the light (bin bags will do if you weigh them down with your rocks.  Meanwhile, decide on your design.  Do you want a scree with little outcrops of rocks. or what looks like the side of a mountain or something in between?  Then mix yourself a great heap of well drained filling-mostly horticultural grit as rock plants do not like to sit in water and the rain must drain immediately or they will rot.  The rocks must not just sit on top of your base but be bedded in.  

Making a woodland garden

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 10:58

I have a woodland walk I planted myself about thirty years ago which is a dekight and less work than any other parts of the garden but this I started from flower beds so i did not have your trouble.  my spinney is more like your situation and i just tackle the brambles , etc when i have something like a new nut tree i want to plant in it.  Local flora are a great idea as they will suit your soil.  i have just bought a Sorbus Bristoliensis which only grows in the Avon Gorge to give it a good home in my part of Bristol.  

Problems with newly planted topiary box hedge.

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 21:33

The one with discoloured leaves is dying, I think, so pull it out.  Perhaps it did not get enough water at one stage?  Easy enough to take a few cuttings from your fattest plant to replace it.  Make sure (haha in this weather) your newly planted hedge is watered well.

All year round??

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 21:28

Plant rhubarb and garlic in November too.

Talkback: Scent and memory

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 16:17
The scent of dock leaves take me back to my childhood and trying to alleviate the sting from nettles. Kate, But A gardenia always reminds of how my late husband went into a flower shop in Bristol centre on our forst date and came out with one made into a buttonhole and pinned it on me. I kept it on my desk at work for weeks and the smell was there when it was quite wilted.

Sickly smelling plant

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 10:05

Is it in a damp place and does it smell fishy?  Then could be a houttuynia - spreads like wildfire and difficult to eradicate.

Weird plant

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 09:31

Just to whet your appetite, here is a toothwort (Lathraea squamarie) growing in the Bristol Botanic Garden in a corner not easily seen by visitors.  This was taken 29.03.12.  The seed was collected and sown in four sites more visible under suitable host plants (acers ans hazels).  You can bet I will be ;ooling forward to scrutinising those sites every spring for signs of success.


Weird plant

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 09:01

My goodness, keep it.  Iys host plant may be some metres away.  The "bulb" you found is a pseudo root.  Broomrapes do not have any green parts or true roots but have lovely, orchid like flowers, a stem and seeds.  Look out for clover, or perhaps ivy nearby and do your research to find out which broomrape it is.  There are many pictures on the net.  Orobanches are fascinating and take years to grow so you are very lucky.  Just put a few stones round it to stop anyone stepping on it or pulling it up and you should have a colony which will make you gaso with their beauty late spring and summer.

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