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Mrs G

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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?

Aquilegia Kew seed collection - sweet rainbows

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 16:26

Yes division works and would make sure you get the same flowers.  I suppose the best time would be after it finishes flowering and make sure the replanted bits don't dry out.

Aquilegia Kew seed collection - sweet rainbows

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 14:36

I've done both break23.  If the plants are setting seed now then the seedlings will get established well before autumn and should flower for next year.  You an also take the dry seed heads off and store the seed to sow in autumn or next spring.  Aquilegia is pretty easy to grow, probably why it's so popular.  I doubt your seedlings will be like the parent plant though so if you want a specific colour best to buy the seeds.

Mr Fothergills Seeds

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 14:31

I've been told you must buy new parsnip seeds each year because they don't keep.  I get my flower and veg seeds from Fothergills each year and don't seem to have problems.

Viburnum Opulus being nibbled

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 17:59

Checked again last night and only found two grubs!  I checked every single leaf, luckily the shrub is still small. 

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