Keen 1

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Posted: 05/07/2013 at 10:59

Hi all.  We all would agree that we all have our own ideas about the plants we like to grow and also design etc etc. I am only saying this due to a thought that occured about me talking of all these plants with ( to many) "fancy names" - we do all know though that it is the only way to positively identify a plant everywhere - popular names vary up and down Country.  Heres the story - I had a great pal who was also very keen on he's garden but loved annuals in very straight lines and patterns and also grew some really good ( but really blowsy) Chrysanths. He could never understand my garden full of ( to him) dull plants and no splashes of bright colour everywhere - used to call me ( forgive this word please) a "snotty" gardener, all these plants with the  "high fallutin"  names. I suppose it could appear (other than to all  who grow the same as myself)  that way to many . May I say please that I have about the same number of "everyday" plants as the "snotty" ones and love them dearly - Phloxes, Iris, Daylilies, Sedums, Helianthemums, Heleniums, Campanulas, Geraniums, Liatris and so on and so  on - you know the ones. Just wondered what others thought though not meant in any way to be controversial - just for conversation.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 10:38

Hi Salino (and for all).. Great to hear from you, thought I had bored you to sleep. Ref your rambling on well not to me and you may have noticed I have more than a very similar tendency myself - you love to natter, I love to natter, we all love to natter. Please do comment any time - love to hear it. And please do drop the Mr. Keen thing - officially I am Keen 1 but the name is Syd to yourself and any others on Site who may care to use it.  Ref the many plants I have grown  I am just one of many on Site I am sure but you can do a lot of gardening in 56 yrs. I will if I may comment separately on this plant thing and all our likes and dislikes  - next post. Now ref conifers. Yes I have always liked them but sparingly since they can I think if overdone be a little heavy. I have had three gardens now and they all had them some biggish and also tall and slimmish - I suppose it depends on the space you have available. I had Cham. law. Fletcherii, Thuyas and a dwarf Pine or two at first and also the Irish Juniper (until it finally goes (literally) sideways. Had a selection at second which this may sound a bit awful but since the garden was only smallish space was at a premium - I took off all the lower branches on all of them and clipped the tops to a ball - looked quite good actually and left space under to plant. Here ( we have been just about three years) the conifers were here on arrival - 3 lovely green tall slim Thuyas, two golden Chams clipped tight at the front. Theres a couple of minis in my recently created raised bed for some encrusted Saxifragas etc ( not mossy) - they are Elwoods and Elwoods gold and also another nearby green flecked white whose name I know not. One of my favourites is Thuya Rhinegold (sp?) which I had in the first two gardens and will get round to planting one here. Another very important aspect with the conifers is their winter worth and as you said adding some height etc. Like the Marjoram etc love to crush a bit of foliage for that lovely "Piney" smell, especially with Thuyas. Ref those spaces I have no idea what on earth happened there but I ain't no genius on PC's as I said-hopefully the Site can remove them?. Regards.


Posted: 05/07/2013 at 10:02

Hallo jean. A favourite of mine also - did you know there is also a yellow foliaged form with he same white flowers. Regards.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 16:28

Hi. Wheres Salino - miss our natterings - hope all is well with you.











































Hi Salino. Where are you - miss our natterings, hope all is well.







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Hi Salino. Where are you - miss our natterings, hope all is well.







Posted: 04/07/2013 at 16:25

Hi B-L. Sounds we have things (garden) in common but tell me please your "plot" looks really great and I have read several books on just such a set up as you have there - moving to foreign parts,  refurbishing old farmhouse and renovating/creating a garden all around it as well. Sounds very much to me that you have a book there waiting to be written - or have you already done so - if so please inform me - I would love to read it all.  Ref the moisture loving plants ( I still  have and always have had quite a number)  all my gardening life (56 yrs) I have lived in the dryest part of England and have had to manipulate it all to suit as and what I want to grow. I like to think I did not do to badly but you as a plant lover will understand just how sad it is when having given a plant its best chance ( which we should/must) it walks out on you. Win some lose some for sure and the overall result counts I guess but... I should mention here though that my first garden was on a site with a spring in one corner (Bushey Lea) so I naturally took advantage of that. Nice to talk to you. Regards and best wishes.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 13:37

Hi WW. Two  most excellent gardeners and writers - lovely folk with it.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 13:32

 Hi. Ref my comment on plants lost, those that although striving to give them the conditions they need just walk out on us. Heres a few of mine -  the small Gunnera magellanica. Variegated Brunnera, Monarda ( love this plant and regret it does not seem to like me). Trycurtis. I was very lucky to be able to buy just one off each of the old white double and lilac double Primroses which stayed a while and then left me in spite of all efforts. The old Madonna Lilies - these were given to me in a bucket mid summer when in flower, pals dad was moving home and had a row of them totally neglected but thriving - in spite of all my care they slowly left over several years ( no doubt aided by that wretched beetle) as did Lilium pyrenaicum and the red Martagons.  I read many gardening books learning ( hopefully) all the time.  Read of the Ostrowskias  - described as almost impossible to grow but they looked so interesting I had to give it a go. Racking my brain here, this was 30-40 yrs ago - bulbous and of the Campanula family, needed fierce draining in full sun, a whiff too much and they wilted, flowers could be 6 in across. Planted mine in a raised bed at foot of a south facing wall in a mix of sand and grave - grew OK and at 2 feet thought I was going to get away with it - it wilted -  nothing ventured....!.   One thing I count as a marvel  was when after ages managing to get hold of some Hacquetia I lovingly planted it in exactly the conditions stated as needed, just a small clump. After their foliage died away Autumn that was all to see until the small yellow flowers should have appeared on the surface in Spring - they did not so I gave up on that resolving to try again if poss. Anyway walking on a path edged with loose stonework one Spring morning there at the bottom of this wall, 12 feet away from where I had planted in Autumn was a tiny yellow flower - Hacquetia for sure. Watched it grow and when it had got bigger carefully removed it from that wall bottom and replanted near to where I had first planted the original. Happy to say have had them ever since and have three nice groups. Worth reading about if you do not know them, how the flowers gradually turn green into summer etc, look a little like Jack in the Green Primroses.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 13:00

Hi. Heres 3 Hosta






Posted: 04/07/2013 at 12:48

Hi bluejan Salino - all. Ref the Hosta pics. In a bit of a mix here because I don't feel I can send 8-10 pics one behind the other and block the topic. Will send a couple of groups and look up on site if it is possible to start ones own gallery.

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