Keen 1

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Posted: 04/07/2013 at 12:44

Hi B-L. Ref the Robinia - have some nice specians 50ft in the woods immediately next door to us - ours are also in flower at the moment bu tonly patchily, do they flowerf less as they get to a good size?.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 10:51

Hi B-L. Super garden you have there and what scope you have, space,shade,sun, varying soils and you will certainly make the most of it going by what we are seeing here. I love the idea of cutting beds diagonally into grass (have done it myself though on a smaller scale) to provide extra planting but also ( if required) to create "barriers" round which you have to walk and thus finding pleasant surprises round the corner. Really very nice. Ref Christop[her Lloyd and Mrs, Chatto -  she was celebrating her 90th b/day last week and also last year I think was the anniversary of her garden - 50 yrs.. She actually did have a booklet printed giving details etc of the its history/creation of which I received a copy with the delivery of some plants from her nursery earlier this year - in it she also talks of her great friendship with him. I did have a couple of he's books - The Well Tempered garden and Foliage Plants. Never been to Gt. Dixter but did in fact live quite close to Mrs. Chattos for 28 yrs and thus visited her beautiful garden on several occasions. Best wishes.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 08:21

Hi all. Will get to the plants part a little later - have a little work to do as gas Engineer here this morning on service call.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 08:18

Hi all. Before the plant failures etc heres the Frog stories - both true these and others may have seen what I saw.  Setting the scene  - I was sitting outdoors on a summer evening with the house lights on behind me and shining halfway down the garden  and also onto a concrete tub ( about  20 in square) in which I had planted a Tree of Heaven ( Ailanthus?)  because I liked its foliage. All around this tub was growing one of the smaller Dicentras, formosa I think and these had spread completely around it. I could see Moth activity  round this, obviously attracted by the blooms but I could also see other movements. When I looked I found there was 3 or 4 quite largeish Frogs on top of the tub and as the Moths arrived and settled on a bloom these Frogs were leaping out (10-12 inches) and grabbing them - tumbling down to the ground - presumably eating their prey and then scrambling back up the plants onto the tub again to repeat the process. They were having a real feast as the Moths kept coming along. It was interestting to see that as a Moth arrived they were shuffling round into line  and taking aim with them before leaping. The second was when I had a small water feature tub of water ( approx 60 ltrs)  with oxygenating and other plants in it standing on paving next to a planted area, these plants coming up to the same height or higher than the tub. I was able to watch Frogs scrambling up the plants to get into the water  - did not realise they were that agile and actually could clasp and climb plants. PS. Verdun. Watch it my friend what you say to Fairygirl or this could be your fate. Best wishes to all.


Posted: 04/07/2013 at 07:59

Hi Salino. Your Roses are great and tell pse am I correct in thinking that pink ones always bloom a lot more than other collours ( good as they mat be doing). One of my Amalanchiers is "Ballerina" and the other grandflorum I think - will check that - have only planted them this year and am training them to a single stemmed standard as yours. RTef the Eucalyptus I have to say I like the foliage and was once tempted to put a gunnii into a large container but thought better of it. As a matter of interest I always have kept a sharp eye open for self sown seedlings in the garden and this includes those of forest trees.. I grow them a to say a foot tall and wire their stems into an ointeresting shape ( perhaps a spiral and increase their pot size to say max 9 inch and leave them at that - they do become rootbound but keep going. Had several at last address but new owner liked them so I presented him with them. here at present I have an Ash, Oak both small as yet but also a 4 feet tall Birch - this I have left the stem straight- lovely trees.


Posted: 03/07/2013 at 18:21

Hi Salino.  Gotta be a kwickie this - just back from the dreaded shopping - necessary I know but honestly I would sooner do a 10 mile "outing" in the desert than this. Anyway  I would like to thank your goodself and all the other super  folk on Site who have made me feel so very welcome. and have endured my comments - theres much more I can tell you if you wish including those failure plants including the marvel ( to me) of the retirn pof the Haquetia, Madonna Lilies, tiny Gunnera, the Ostrowskia, variegated Brunnera , Monarda ( believe it or not - so much for skill on my part). So much to tell and do so love to converse with like minded folk. Theres also those Frog stories which are very interesting and should I think be heeded in particular by our good friends Fairygirl and Verdun - life can be very hard being a Frog. See you all tomorrow and thanks so much again. Regards.


Posted: 03/07/2013 at 09:47

Hi Salino - all. Its surprising that plants do often just throw these sports and they can be saved, lots of the variegateds on the market today arrived in this fashion I imagine. It seems to happen more on shrubs, variegations appearing on green  but also of course the variegated plants reverting back to green. I did once years ago see a lovely clump of variegated with yellow Stinging Nettle and also Docks. I keep my eyes wide open all the time looking for these things and the unusual seedlings which appear in the garden - no forks or hoes allowed in mine - just a handfork.  Have to go now on the "dreaded" shopping trip but hope to see you all later. Regards.


Posted: 03/07/2013 at 09:34

Hi fidgetbones. Your wildlife garden sounds wonderful. I have a narrowish strip next to me which I am allowed to garden, have planted trees and shrubs on it along with suitable "woodsy" plants to go with them  including as many "wildies" as poss, Foxgloves, evening Primrose right down to Bugle. It is  on the woods side only bounded by a 3 feet fence and the Deer jump that without a snort - nice things to eat (my plants) on the other side. Cannot fight it and so apart from a few plants just the trees and shrubs remain but as stated it still is nice. Wildlifewise a goodly variety of birds (and yet nowhere near as many as when living nearer Town), Deer, Squirrels and have seen smaller things, Grass Snake, Frogs, Toads etc. Have 4 good sized Buddleia bushes which are a magnet for the Butterflies and bees + later.


Posted: 03/07/2013 at 09:20

Hi Salino - bluejan - all.       bluejan - ref the request for Hosta pics I have just been out and taken some and would like to send individual pics but t'would take ages so will send them in groups as they are growing  will send today.       Salino.   Ref the Roses their foliage is a lovely fresh green as you said and also they are very very prickly. That tree in the backround is a Rowan, always been a great favourite of mine,  all those lovely berries to see and for the birds in Autumn. I have planted that myself since living here (near 3 yrs) along with a grey(ish) foliaged Malus, a fastigiate Hornbeam ( another favouirite) but above all my very best favourites a couple of Amelanchiers. A tree for every garden I think, good all round and lots to offer.. I find Hostas can be vary variable depending on where they are planted, two of the same plant can look a lot different  - I like to give them the shade they really need but grow more of mine in sun and they seem to love it. Just as a thought and thinking of your comment ref  Clematis wilt  I have to say I have never been overly successful with them either other than montana and montana rubens. What i did read though (and thats as far as it goes) in older books, maybe still the same, that ref that wilt if when you plant a new one to plant it two or three inches deeper and then if it did wilt it might come along again. Cannot in any way vouch for that, mer;ly that I read it - you might care to look it up yourself. Finally you asked about  that small yellow plant on the right in the pic of the Antholiza I sent  -  it is a very healthy clump of gold Marjoram - super plant - super scent when crushed between fingers - as we do with these aromatic plants. Best wishes to all.


Posted: 03/07/2013 at 08:28

Hi Salino - all. Yer tis - as I said somehow I must have put a white and a red in the same pot. Forgot to say thanks for the info ref sending from Picasa.I gave it a go but as always I am happier with a handfork than a PC and made a complete hash of it. I did try however sending the pics from Picasa (which I upload to always) to My Pictures and find I can send them direct OK from there -  as the help line said from the PC they are auto resized.

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