Jim Macd

Latest posts by Jim Macd

Growing wildflowers

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:04

I thought you taking the mick nut. It's a birds down feather on a corn cockle.

Geranium sanguineum striatum

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:00

Anyone else going to post picture of their favourite plants. I noticed someone else had the same idea just a few post before but no pictures

Never Give Up

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:53

obelixx that's so sad, hail is the worst type of weather! Such a set back. I wish everything the best of recoveries though. 

Lorraine your Rhubarb needs a pretty big pot, you need at least 45 litres for a Rhubarb. You can buy some good pots that big and not too expensive. This is a link to a 50 litre pot which gives the diameter size if you don't like the style. 

Geranium sanguineum striatum

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 20:05

Just a quick post about one of my favourite plants Geranium sanguineum lancastriense aka Geranium sanguineum striatum. I saw it in the GC today, I was quite surprised to see it there as it's a native albeit a really beautiful one. Its native range is confined to Barrow In Furness. So much nice than the plain version. 



 not my picture by the way. I have growing with forget-me-nots coming through it.

Why not start your own thread for one of your favourite plants.

Perennial Planting

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 12:36
Verdun wrote (see)

Jim, That sounds fantastic.  A meadow!  Would love that. 

Im prob a bit too "neat" in the garden....well I am....but a meadow would be a wonderful balance for me.  Now, who has a meadow for sale?  

 I love it so much, I never get bored looking at it no matter what time of year and it's constantly changing. And if that wasn't enough, there's always bats flying round and round over it in the summer. It's as if they now where the boundaries of my garden are. So fulfilling!  I don't do neat though. My garden is more of a tapestry than a collection of show plants. There's nothing wrong with that but it's just not me.  

Perennial Planting

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 18:07
philippa smith2 wrote (see)

Jim...........that looks really enticing.............if I had wings, I'd be in there like a shot

Lets hope the insects, bats and birds are thinking the same thing. Thanks

Perennial Planting

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 17:07

Put up some new strip lights in the garage over my potting bench so I've got no excuse for not getting in there and doing some work. I didn't realise how much stuff was hiding in the gloom. I can pot up some seedlings tomorrow now. I can't plant them out because the meadow is too long to get in there so they will have to wait for autumn. I've got 240 cowslips, 120 cosmos 120 birds foot trefoil, and 240 dropwort to do though. Yikes. If only I could put them in the freezer until autumn. And I've just ordered more seed. This is the only reason I'm not going to plant them now: …


Perennial Planting

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 13:36
Verdun wrote (see)


Love debates on my fav hobby but all good humoured and respectful of other viewpoints 


Yes, me too, I love a good debate and don't take it too seriously. I edited my replay very badly though, but I see you didn't take any offence. You probably didn't read it all, I don't think most people do, I try to keep my replies down to a few lines but when you touch type it's too easy to waffle on. Especially on days when it's doing nothing but rain.

Perennial Planting

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 12:55

Verdun wrote (see)

Hiya Jim, 

What I meant to say was before I "knew"  anything about the "Chelsea chop" I was already doing it.  It simply made sense to me.  So, fashionable was wrong term.  

However, Jim, it's good to debate, argue, compare notes, etc.  I take on board everybody's views and then do it my way.  

I remember the great Geoff Hamilton advocating hard pruning of hypericum hidcote to control rust.  I was already doing that for exactly same reason......I'm not especially clever but fairly logical and I was fairly new to gardening.  

We all learn in our own way.  

Yes, I totally agree. We think we're so smart but really it takes us ages to get the simplest thing. 


Orchid Lady wrote (see)

Well that's one thing we agree on…... 

I'm totally confused regarding the perennials and just think I will do half and half, call it an experiment 

Don't worry it's complicated We think because we can repeat what's been said we get it. Ugh Ughhh!  I remember in I think 'Insignificance' Marilyn Monroe explains Relativity to Einstein. He's totally blown away and tells her very few people get it. She very modestly explains that she doesn't get it all but she's just learned it like a script. Such a profound moment and so true of how we all are and why we should always be humble in case we make ourselves look stupid.  which I do all the time. 


As with many internet threads people usually only appear to disagree. My rounded argument I've presented all along really has had both sides of the debate though I've tried to steer you into doing the 'less work' method which is to plant now but that might not suite you. 

You need to ask yourself what it is you want. As you can see from the debate, happy plants can be achieved in many ways. So, that's not an issue. Do you want big impact this summer but planting out other things to fill gaps, moderate borders now and less work, or variations on the theme. Simples! You decide.

Perennial Planting

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 17:21
Verdun wrote (see)

 … I have experimented with the Chelsea chop before it became fashionable,  

 Fashion has nothing to do with it. It's a technique that has been used, well before there was a Chelsea, to make plants flower on shorter stems rather than having to be staked. Perhaps people talk about the 'Chelsea chop' because of mentions on GW, GQT  and in the papers but I can assure you it's an age old technique not a fashion.; and nothing to do with the other separate technique of 'pinching out' used to make plants branch.  

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