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Posted: 07/06/2014 at 20:42

Calla lily I think.  Zantendeshia or some such spelling.


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 14:13

Glad you asked this as I have noticed the same thing in my garden.

The established Garden.

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 08:30

My son already uses his plastic shears to cut the hedge, mows the lawn, digs and waters.  I couldn't stop him if I wanted to, he has a mind of his own.  He does have a lawn area and a play area, we are lucky enough to have the space but of course the whole garden is his, he is a free range toddler.  My theory is if he learns to respect and care for the garden now he is less likely to destroy it when he gets older. 

The established Garden.

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 21:31

I like the nettles until they get me!  Other people always comment on how well my nettles are doing though.  My 2 year old is better at avoiding them than me!

The established Garden.

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 20:26

Funny that your daughter's gardening style is so different from your own Frank, I am my Mother's daughter in that respect.  I remember people thinking she was mad for having no lawn laid to the rear of her new build years ago and when I moved into my house the first thing I did was start digging up turf to plant trees and put in a pond (before the boxes were unpacked).  The neighbours must have thought I was mad but I had already drawn my plans for the garden before the sale was complete!  We both have lots of trees, shrubs and perennials in our gardens and no soil showing.  I am lucky enough to still have my Grandad with us and he always comments on the weeds in the strawberry patch as he always has a neat lawn and edges and hoed soil.  I suppose I have taken on both their influences as I do feel guilty when I see weeds in my more 'formal' areas.

A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 17:51

I have a narrow pebbled area with just Ajuga in and it looks very effective.

Is this a weed

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 21:14

Yes pink geranium, you can chelsea chop it or let it flower the cut right back and it will flower again.  It is good ground cover for a dry shady spot that one.

Water Retention

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 09:16

My garden is the same, we have an underground stream so I'm told by neighbours which means any prolonged rain means getting the wellies out.  Plants that can cope with this include arum lily, hosta, astilbe, geum rivale, actea simplex and dogwood.  I have all these growing in my own garden.  You can use annual bedding like cosmos for gaps as they won't have to survive winter and you can change your mind each year.  I do lots of annuals and perennials from seed so if I lose them I haven't wasted lots of money.  Lost a load of echinacea ''white swan'' this winter so I'm raising plants again which I will plant somewhere where I've raised the soil level. I've raised the level of one bed in full sun which has delphiniums, oriental poppies and gladioli in (I lift my gladioli in winter and repot in the green house in spring). Keep adding the mulch like you are doing and keep off the soil when it's wet to avoid compaction.  I hope this helps!


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 21:28

Oh thanks scroggin., had a mini panic then.  Since we've been in this house and I've done them in raised beds they are getting to dry and bolting so I thought maybe that's why.


Posted: 27/05/2014 at 21:18

I always put my sets in proud of the ground, is that wrong then?

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