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Wet Garden

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 15:18

If you are unwilling or unable to dig the necessary drainage trench from your bog to the ditch, why not convert the central boggy patch to make a feature bog garden?  

Lots of plants will love it - astilbe, salix forms (fancy willows) ligularia, filipendula, gunnera, rheum (ornamental rhubarb), hemerocallis, arums, osmunda ferns, lysimachaia epehemerum, darmera peltata, astilboides, primula candelabra..........

Gardening & what else?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 15:07

I run a garden group which meets once or twice a month from April to October and am president of the local dance club so dancing of some sort most evenings from September to May.

At home I do embroidery or knit simple scarves and cowls while watching TV and on rainy days I sew clothes for me and sometimes OH but not Possum and I paint or otherwise restore old furniture and other stuff found in local brocantes which are a cross between flea markets, car boot sales and antique markets.  

I have 5 recently dipped pine kitchen chairs awaiting my attention come the rainy days of autumn and an oak hall table and a bedroom chair to reupholster and a dozen galvanised pots I've undercoated with red lead but still need to paint and decorate.

In between all that I have my garden full of treasures and crops to look after, weeds to remove, jams and chutneys to make, obelisks and trellis to paint and maintain and the dogs to walk plus a house that needs an occasional clean............. and I do the baking when we organise a special class at the dance club.

When I retire from running the dance club which is voluntary but time consuming, I will add photography and patchwork to my list of activities and maybe find a local wildlife group to join and I'd quite like to have a go at making leaded glass panels.

Planting Ideas Please

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 14:46

One of the sambucus family with golden foliage and white flowers or deep purple with pink flowers.   Very hardy and attractive with or without flowers.  Deciduous.

Eleagnus - evergreen with variegated silvery or golden streaks in the foliage.

Aucuba - evergreen with golden spots in the foliage and red berries.

Cornus alba sibirica - bright red stems in winter, good foliage colour in spring and autumn and flowers in between.   Needs pruning every spring to keep to size and reproduce the fresh red stems.   Elegantissima has mahogany stems and variegated leaves.

Salix - several forms with orange or black stems that need pruning like the cornus.  Good for a moist location.

I wouldn't go for hypericum.  It can be a thug when it starts to spread.  Ceanothus are lovely but are not reliably hardy so that depends on how cold you get.  

Whatever you plant you will need to give them a very good soaking before you go away and keep them watered regularly after planting and until they go dormant in autumn.   Make sure you dunk them in a bucket of water till no more air bubbles appear before you plant them.

Sad day for British Bees

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 16:28

This year my clematis and alliums have been covered with bees and the echinops and hostas are just getting going.  Earlier on the snowdrops, crocuses and other bulbs were busy and then the foxgloves.   The roses I bought last year and this are singles with open blooms that the bees can access and they love them.

what to grow on north facing fence/trellis

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 16:25

Minuet - purple and white bells all summer.  I have one on my north facing wall.   The photo shows it after being hammered by wind and rain.  I've tied it up and wound it in to its trellis again so it's looking perkier now and not so droopy.



Self planted rose?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:50

I have a baby Kiftsgate which the birds have sown for me about 30 metres from its mum.   It has also taken 3 years to flower and identify itself and is now happily clambering up a nearby parrotia and also heading for a nearby hedge.  

It is glorious and perfumed and not an exact copy but I can't see that it's different enough from mum or Wedding Day or the Rambling Rector to be worth propagating and marketing.

Strange plant

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:45

It is a bulb and they do come readily from seed.   You can move it once the foliage dies down or possibly even as soon as the flower finishes but it looks like that will be a while given it's so small and not yet fully developed.

Strange plant

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 13:27


plant identification

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 12:16

The first one looks as though it's dying of thirst and the second lot look pretty thirsty too.   Give them all a very good drink - at least 2 galllons/10 litres for the shrubby thing repeated till it starts to plump up the foliage.   This may take a few days.  Then cut back all the dead stems to a live bud and give it another good drink containing some seaweed or tomato fertiliser.   After that just make sure it doesn't get thirsty again.   Post another picture when/if the leaves plump up.

The grassy plants could be all sorts of things from grasses to hemerocallis to liriope.  Give them a good drink too and then, when they plump up a bit, a feed and see what happens.  If they flower they'll be easier to identify.


Posted: 23/07/2015 at 11:28

I think chopping it at this stage of the year is a risky strategy.  

The best thing would be to replant it in a 60cm pot using John Innes no 3 compost and burying it 10cms deeper than it was in its original pot.   If you are unwilling or unable to do that, just remove all the flower buds and feed it with specialist clematis food and regular good soaks.   A good soak once a week is far better than a daily dribble.

In future, prune and feed it in spring as I indicated above and give it decent soakings to stop it getting thirsty and then occasional liquid tonics of tomato food between March and the end of June to encourage flower power.

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