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Jim Macd

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Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 15:10

HI Verdun,

I think you are what would be described by a designer as a 'plants person'. Though I love certain plants and choose a plant because I like it I don't then place that plant in the garden just where it will grow best. I will often place a plant in a place where I will enjoy it, though it won't be where it will grow best. A plant in a garden for me is like a blob of paint on an artist palette and I will use that blob to create a picture, a story. 

There's a distinction between a garden and an botanical garden which is simply a collection of specimens.

I think a garden should be an expression of the gardener. Now if that means a collection of plants as in a museum then so be it. What is wrong with that? Nothing, if that's what it is you want. Another good analogy for me to describe how it is from my perspective is to say plants are like words to the poet. Now one of my favourite words is saddle. Don't ask me why, I just like the sound of it. Saddle. Other words I like are 'Tuesday', Hemp, brick, cardigan, cellar, indistinguishable, bedraggle, spittle and crack. They're great words but I think you would get some pretty odd looks if you were to present that as a list, out of the blue, without any explanation and I don't think anyone would say it was 'Art'. I think to make that Art and it could though I don't think very good Art, it would need to be presented as such. We're getting into 'what is Art'. Which is a huge subject. Does your garden have to be 'Art'. I think so. I often remind myself not to forget the garden, in 'Wildlife Garden'. Does a garden have to Neat? No, Does Art have to be neat? Absolutely not!. You only need take Tracey Emin's, or not, 'My Bed', or  Chris Ofili's Turner Prize winning 1998 Elephant dung. Is it neat? No, is it Art? Yes, Is it Aesthetic? Mmmm, I'm not sure but does it have to be? I don't think so. It should be only whatever you want it to be, it should say whatever it is you want it to say. Sod everyone else!!! Really! Why would you care? It's your garden, or it's my garden and I really don't care that the mother in law thinks it's a 'lazy persons' garden. Really? You want to try managing it if you think that's what's going on, anyway I digress….

Growing wildflowers

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:14

As a note of interest corn cockles are rare because their seed, which is like a black pepper corn,


doesn't last longer than a season in the soil. So if you don't allow it to grow each year you'll lose it and have to buy seed next time. It does last a few years in the fridge though. 

Growing wildflowers

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:07

Denno666 when sowing wildflower seeds it's best to sow them mixed with sand so as not to sow too thickly. You want about 5g/m^2 which isn't very much, if you thing a teaspoon of salt is ± five grams. 

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: …


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