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so .. spring bulb planting time

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 09:57

7 years ago when we moved to Tiverton, my husband presented me with a sack of over 300 daffodil bulbs. Lovely bulbs, big, fat and firm. My elderly neighbour even wanted some! So I gave him a hand full. They come up less year after year. Being tall they fall over, and the slugs have a field day, or I am out with sticks trying to stake them in gale force winds. From now on it is small tete a tetes for me. No staking, no falling over. I have a bag of 50 to put into pots.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 22:52

The important thing is not to be frightened to experiment. Once you get the gardening bug, there is never enough room for all the plants you want to put in. I have a big slug problem, so anything too tasty ends up in large pots, as the bees and butterflies don't mind where they are. Go to gardens in ALL seasons, look online, walk in older type properties. See what you like and ask questions of the onsite gardeners and staff as to what conditions they like. What about a trellis, or make something with old wood. Train climbers up it, or espalier fruits. Plant a shrub or tree. I could go on and on!!!

Whats this bush ?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 07:48

Could it be a Phygelius.Very like a Fuschia, but smaller  trumpet like flowers. The red ones are more common than the yellow one I have. Flowers for months and months. I take the labels off plants I buy and keep them in a seed tin my brother bought me. Reminds me of the plants I have had successes and failures with. Mainly slugs!

Moved house last year. Need help ID'ing some plants please

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 16:55

1) could be a number of shrubs or even just a hedging plant. 2) could be an azalea, very small rhodendron or a Weigelia. If it is flowering now, it might be one of the first 2. 3) could be a camellia  4) could be a virbunum Can go mad. Very high 5) could be an escallonia. 6) could be a weed or anything. 7) A Hypericum (?) 8) Virbunum or Weigelia 9) YesMuddyFork Golden Rod 10) Marguerite and 11) What a beautiful Hawthorn. The birds will love this to fly in and out of for protection.

Hope these guesses are correct, but eally need to see them, and wait for any flowers to be sure.





Next seasons invasive plant.

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 16:31

I bought a lovely lime flowering Euphorbia, which looked spectacular beside a purple Acer. After 2 years it had spread profusely in the garden. Still a good contrast. But it made me wonder will this be one of the next invasive plants that we will be trying to eradicate in years to come. What plant do you think will be added to this list?

Talkback: Growing camellias

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 16:24

I inherited a pink one in the front garden with the house. I lightly prune it straight after it has flowered, to keep a nice shape, and to stop it taking over. I throw some compost under it around autumn time, or when doing that section of garden, and I do water it if again watering the front garden. It is cushioned between the house and a fence, so must be protected. This year it seemed to flower twice! Having had a GOOD show of flowers as per normal, when pruning, I found buds about to open! In Tiverton it is attacked by wind, gales and even snow, and survives. Early sun, going over to shade in the mid day. Doesn't get pampered, just loved!


Posted: 11/06/2013 at 16:13

I love the Berberis shrubs. All colours from Purples to splodged pinks and purples. Has the flowers in the spring and the berries in the autumn for the birds. The light prunings can be scattered on the top of the garden to stop cats using the soil as a toilet. Lots of uses!

Front Garden

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 21:25

Phormium Tenax. Various colours and heights available. Heucheras, my all time favourites, so many colours/shades appearing now. Could be inerspersed with all sorts of all the year round bulbs . Try a colour scheme, say purple and silver plants whatever you like. So many plants, never enough garden space. Silver Birch in the middle of that grass patch?

clean garden

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 18:19

I only tidy what is absolutely necessary. At the end of my 100' garden I leave the lavender hedge, meadowsweet, fennel & aster seeds for the birds to enjoy. I have been rewarded watching the Blue Tits & sparrows looking for insects and bugs.  Leaving plants to show winter structure it protects a lot of the perennials and grasses, that are only now in full growth.

clean garden

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 17:56

Left grey overcast Devon behind and in sunny West Sussex. Horsham was lovely today, but it got very cold in the evening. Always degrees warmer and more sunnier here!

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