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Whats your plans for next year.

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 09:53

Verdun, the Rodgersias at the Bristol Botanic Garden grow in the bog garden round the lake.  tn all the National Trust gardens where I have seen them growing they are by the side of a stream as at the Abbotsbury Subtropical.  I think the plural of agapanthus is agapanthus.  at least i have never heard anything else at the Botanic garden where they have a lovely collection.  The tall dark blue one looks lovely with kniphofia next to it and strelitzias in pots behind it.  I will see if i can find a picture.   This is 2009 when the kniphofias had  dark blue salvias behind,  Tyr to imgine it with dark blue agapanthus instead as I


cannot locate the up to date picture GRRRRR.

planted tulips now, is this OK?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 14:27

Sara, I look up Anna Pavord's book for my bulb planting times and much more.  It is called "Bulb" and available in the library.  She advises what to plant them with, the best varieties, what to avoid and when they will flower for lots of kinds of bulb and the illustrations are great.  She has also written a book on Tulips alone.

Whats your plans for next year.

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 22:25

Next year is my Golden Jubilee Year in my garden so I am planning to tour the whole garden and make a roll of Honour of all the plants there were here when we came.  THen each "Room" is going to have a golden them eand to that end I have ordered lots of golden bulbs, perennials and shrubs.  Annuals too like Californian poppy will have pride of place.  Their will be a new Jubilee border in front of the South west facing wall one of my neighbours is building and a Jubilee wildlife pond and meadow.  The potager will have yellow tomatoes, sweetcorn and golden courgettes, onions and beans.  I am one of Mr. Fothergill's "Nation of Gardeners" selected to trial eight parcels of their products so it will be a busy and beautiful year in my garden with me happily being scientific and artistic at once.

Autumn colour

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 13:59

My friend came for the portion of my autumn harvest I had promised him anf brought me flowers from his garden which I gave pride of place on the kitchen table.


Talkback: Cooking elderberries

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 08:41
Hello, Kate, yes loads of elderberries, which I put in with the puree I make from Bramley fallers and freeze for pies, crumbles, sponge puddings quickly made in the microwave - all comforting food in the winter.

Autumn colour

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 19:22

Definitely must have Rudbeckias in my Golden Jubilee garden next year.  I too love cyclamen.  Not just the flowers.  The leaf patterns are lovely too.

Bargain of the year

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 14:47

I have had many bargain plants this year but I think my favourite is a heuchera "Southern Comfort" from my local flower shop for £1.99 which I bought early on in the summer and have now split into five good plants.


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 12:50

Worked beautifully, Christine 28.  Lovely show from your begonias.

clematis in need of identification

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 19:48

Serendipity gave it the ideal support in my garden when I put it under my red and purple fuchsia - they complement each other beautifully.

Plant ID

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 16:25

Here is the one you have at the Bristol Botanic Garden last week.


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