Laura Corin

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just moved to Shetland

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 22:48

Another thought: I don't know if you've caught up with Beechgrove Garden on telly yet - again, it's not specific to Shetland, but being made in Scotland it concentrates on the kind of conditions many of us deal with: rain, wind, late frosts, etc.  

just moved to Shetland

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 22:36

I don't know anything about Shetland, but I can recommend this book.  I've found it very useful since moving to Scotland (Fife).  The book has extra hardiness ratings beyond those used in England, and it often mentions plants that thrive in particular places.  There is a list of particular shrubs for shelter in Orkney and Shetland.  It also mentions this book written by the creator of a Shetland garden. 

Sambuca Nigra

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 08:14

I forgot to mention - they take easily from cuttings.  I'm an absolute novice at propagating and managed to get three cuttings to survive last year.  I'm planning on planting all three in a windbreak area.

Sambuca Nigra

Posted: 14/04/2012 at 08:10

Do they flower on the previous year's wood?  I cut mine down last year, not touching some small/young shoots.  Those were the only branches that flowered.

Sambuca Nigra

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 22:57

I pruned mine back early last month and it's already showing lots of new buds.  I don't have any experience of pruning this late, but elders are very tough....

Help me to love my peonies

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 22:55

I have supports put in, but the peonies always overwhelm them and fall over anyway.  I suppose I'm impatient with plants that can't stand up on their own.....

Help me to love my peonies

Posted: 13/04/2012 at 09:01

When we moved in three years ago there were a three large peonies: two in a slightly shaded bed, one in full sun.  I love the colour of the emerging shoots but we don't get many flowers and they flop over in a mass of foliage.

Would splitting them increase the flowering?  If I moved them onto poorer, shallow soil would that help redress the leaf/flower balance and stop them flopping so badly?  It's pretty windy here - is that the problem?  We are in Fife, five miles from the sea.

Many thanks.

Planting between grasses

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 18:27

Forgot to say - I think your garden looks lovely.

Scented flowers

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 18:25

I can tell you what I just put in, but I don't know how successful they will be.  

Viburnum Farrerri nanum

Viburnum burkwoodii Anne Russell  

Viburrnum carlcephalum snowball  

Philadelphus mock orange belle Etoile

Osmanthus delavayi  

Buddleia Davidii Black Knight

Rosa Wild Edric

Rosa Harlow Carr  


Scottish Clematis

Posted: 12/04/2012 at 14:48

I have a Clematis Alpina which is on a south-western fence on the top of the hill, so very exposed.  It's flowering beautifully right now, having survived snow and hail over the last week.  I'm in Fife, five miles from the sea.

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