Latest posts by Marinelilium

What to plant in this area

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 19:07

Yep, originally from New Zealand and S Africa but now naturalised on every continent except Antarctica.

Calla lily family come in dwarf forms too and a myriad of colours but all love damp,squadgey areas. I wonder what Charles found for the shade and flood zone.


What to plant in this area

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 16:40

Did you get started Charles_41?  I just love a project!

If you want to preserve the river bank edge from erosion slip you could drive some short pointed logs in, about a foot or two out into river, then back fill behind the upright logs with rolls of coir, rolled turf or barley straw. This 'buffer zone' can be planted with hardy marginals like Iris or Zantedeschia that actually prefer wet feet and tree shade. 

It makes an amphibian haven too. I know the Environment Agency uses this method to restore eroded banks and provide habitat. My two plant suggestions are non-invasive and are considered native.


Yorkstone ok in the pond?

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 09:10

Trying coir matting as the edging cover on my new wildlife pond - so little claws can clamber in and out of the water. Also hoping any tannins have leached out by soaking it first. It soaks up water and wicks it into the u-shaped butyl overlap that is the bog garden edge. I have  sprinkled seeds and soil mix into the exposed coir then added rocks and a gravel beach.

Log pile at one end and a York Stone paver, as a bird bath shelf, at the other. if York stone leaches out anything nasty I would be keen to know too.



Posted: 20/02/2017 at 23:30

oh, that looks like a comfy snoozing patch. My dog was a lurcher, you can see him -lurking mid photo in the Libertias. The bare patch of soil is the cool earth he snoozed on under a Salix Caprea x Kilmarnock he used it like a beach umbrella. It is the exact spot we buried his old friend, our cat, with whom he used to snuggle on cold nights. Made me wonder if he knew she was under the tree, as there are other shady spots in the garden he could have chosen.


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 23:09

  JudyN I suspect you are a 'my glass is half-full type person'.  Could you give your dog (AKA gardening assistant) a snuggle from me please. I believe life is a barrel that is half-full with a dog beside you.My dog is gone but never forgotten. Was always at the end of my shadow while I gardened. Even if your 'helper ' unearths, or drinks your half barrel empty he is there!

My 'gardening assistant' would have loved to drink from a half-barrel pond. (Forget tap water or bottled mineral water - a puddle, bucket or ornamental pond would have been Champagne to him).

Spot the dog!


Posted: 13/02/2017 at 18:38

thanks JudyN, I have my own gardening terminology:

Flolloping = unsupported plants falling over paths

Butt Gloop = semi solid ooze from the bottom of water butt

Scruffling = opportunistic but half-hearted weeding or scarifying with hand tools, just in passing

Crack-Shuffling = dragging your boots over patio pavers to rub out weeds, again, just in passing

Bin Buckerooing = balancing one more teetering bucketful on the compost whilst defying gravity

(there are other terms which cannot be shared on a forum; for things like finding cat poop in your gloves, that snails have had your seedlings or squirrels have unearthed your tulips when looking for their cache)


The version of our gardens that we long to see again

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 15:10

Cheerfulness narcissi are well-named!  Early risers that shine out even on a grey day; small enough to pop in any pot but although' little' they fill the whole patio with perfume. These really are a teasing hint of the garden I am waiting to unfurl again.

Mine are in black ceramic pots with Osmanthus delavayi which blossoms at the same time - pots full of hope and promise.



Posted: 12/02/2017 at 14:33

JudyN,  have you thought about having a boggy barrel? Some marginals,  like Zantedeschia aethiopica, like wet feet and have some tolerance to shade. Lots of insects and vertebrates like foraging in squadge and you can place a container within the half barrel filled with water up to the squadgey soil level so they can get in and out.


First bites of the year

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 19:01

Yer, mus be da kwinnin *hic

First bites of the year

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 18:49

I  also use Gin and Tonic. It cools me down. Eventually.... I don't feel anything : )

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