Keen 1

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Posted: 30/06/2013 at 11:22

Hi.  Ref Fairygirl thought I had better say I do believe in fairies - sometimes see them at the bottom of my garden - usually after a few Guinnesses, if you happen to turn up give me a wave and have a drink with me.  Ref shrubs and Salinos question -  although main interest is HHP I have always grown a few for height and a framework to the garden and to provide  screens to walk round (create corners) to avoid the "seeing it all at once" thingy. Mostly of the "usual" type  such as Forsythis, Weigela including Florida variegata, Deutzia, Hypericum ( Hidcote), Buddleia ( 4 especially for the Butterflies and Bees etc), old single Roses, a few Rhodos, an Osmanthus and these found growing here when we moved in two most beautiful mature specimens of Viburnum tomentosum plicatum - a picture when in flower with their  horizontal branches absolutely weighed down with flowers. There is some others whose names escape me right here, one with very nice yellow foliage.


Posted: 30/06/2013 at 10:59

Hi all. Will try again but be more brief - is there a limit?.I said thanks for all the kind comments and explained a little about my plant favourites and combinations etc. Foliage is the main thing with me, colour, shape, height, contrast etc.and packing them all together as someone said into a picture. I mentioned two gardeners, the late Mrs Margery Fish and her wonderful garden at East lambrook Manor in Somerset ( may I suggest looking it up on PC). The other is Mrs Beth Chatto and her beautiful garden near Colchester. Both have written several very interesting and informative books. I have  after my early days and once the bug had really bitten followed their style and the plants they grew/grow - to a much lesser degree of skill of course but very pleased with the results nontheless. Ref (Salino ) the shrubs I grow  pse see next post.



Posted: 30/06/2013 at 10:32

Hi.  Puzzled. I sent a response which appeared  and then disappeared. Did I do something wrong pse?.


Posted: 29/06/2013 at 17:39

Hi all. And thanks. May I please say that I have been gardening now for 56 years so although far from being expert have learned a thing or two - should be good I think when/if we share our thoughts and experiences etc - looking forward to it. Ref toughies for awkward spots I know a few myself along with a goodly range of other plants - lets jaw - try me. Thanks again and regards.


Grass snake

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 13:52

I live in a very dry part of the Country so have several (9) water butts set up. When these are getting near full I usually take off several buckets full of water and stand them for later use, gaining a bit more. Last year I found a young Grass Snake under them, this was right up to the bungalow side, took some pics and left it be. We also get Frogs and Toads and I have created what I call "Toad Hall" -  I bricked one course round a Manhole cover and put slabs over this leaving a space under these for them in the cool, it is also near to the small pond.


Posted: 29/06/2013 at 13:11

Hi. Just joined today and wanted to say hallo. Love the garden, love the plants and love to natter about them. Grow a good range of plants Trees, Shrubs, Grasses etc etc but main interest is hardy herbaceous perennials especially foliage plants such as Hostas, Astilbe, Lysimachia, Rodgersia, Smilacina, Rudbeckia, Kirengeshoma etc etc. Not by any means an expert but have a reasonable experience. Keen 1. 

Solomon's seal

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 12:38

Hi. I have grown Solomons Seal for many years and always sadly that sawfly has been a bind. I gave up on the standard one but still have a variegated form. As a matter of interest consider also the very similar ( except for flowers) Smilacina racemosa which likes the same growing conditions for me. Its flowers form in a short plume at the very ends of the arching stems, these  are white and beautifully perfumed. I have had no sawfly probs with these.

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