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Lysimachia Clethroides

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 21:15

I bought 3 of these about 10 years ago, maybe more.   They expanded very happily in my fertile alkaline loam and have been split several times with plants given away or sold at charity sales or planted elsewhere in the garden to fill gaps.  It has coped with deep frosts down to -32C, heavy snows, torrential rains, a hailstone tornado and high sweltery summer days of +34C and everything in between.

I love it as I have a big garden and room for it to spread and thread itself through other plants.   It's easy to lift and divide and I love the goose neck flowers which last ages. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:36

Could be.  I'm hopeless at keeping labels.   Must do better at that.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 18:23

Chiltern have your Lantaria....   Looks a nice wee plant.

We were at the new place, briefly, at the beginning of the week and the clump of hemerocallis in a raised walled bed was looking parched and crispy but there were some gorgeous hibiscus in pale, medium and deep pink with burgundy throats.   Only other flowers were the silk tree, a fuchsia magellanica, a perovskia and then some wild mallow a in a large weed infested graveled area.   

Going to be such fun making it all lovely and colourful and productive.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 17:57

Busy - Chiltern Seeds and Plant World are both good sources of interesting, good quality seeds and post to me in Belgium with no probs.       


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 17:52

OH does our ironing whilst watching sport on TV.   It's a rule or he'd spend hours glued to the box doing nothing during endless golf, cricket, rugby, football.....   He does get to flop sometimes as long as I'm busy and don't have to watch the stuff too.

Fold is a lovely term for an OAP home.   

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 17:42

Thanks FG.  I think I have it.  That is, I have a plant with the same foliage in my damp hosta bed but it has not flowered in the two years it's been in.  Maybe too crowded?  The hostas have been real bullies this year.   Its cousin The Rocket does brilliantly just 3' away but has green foliage and I wanted the purple contrast. 


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 17:33

When Possum was a tot I was in a mum's and toddlers group.  One NZ woman had a daughter just a few months older than Poss and everything was fine till she produced a son two years younger.   Determined to treat him the same as no 1 but found he was a different species altogether.    Mind you, he did take after his father.......

OH learned a long time ago not to surprise me with unannounced guests because he might be embarrassed.  I always have the wherewithal to rustle up a meal but might be up to my armpits in muck and mud in the garden or covered in paint or dust doing some DIY project or else the kitchen looks like a sewing sweatshop. 

Not a lot of Possum's chocolate beetroot cake left but I have tested it and it's lovely and moist and very chocolatey.  Two of her male colleagues complained it was too chocolatey!  Not proper Belgians then.  

Thanks FG.  I'll go and have a peek. 

What to do.

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 16:30

You'll need to remove the stumps and put plenty of goodness back into the soil which will have been severely depleted by the leylandii.    That'll be quite a project in itself and needs doing before you plant anything new be it young bare root whips or mature specimens.

Fairygirl is right about mature specimens.  They'll cost a fortune and take years of TLC to establish and grow away.   I suggest you have a look at plants like hawthorn or beech or hornbeam which can be planted as bare root whips in autumn.  You then cut them back to about 9" and water in well.   

We did this with hawthorn and it grew 6' the next year.  We then cut it back by half to make it shoot sideways and thicken up.    It's great for wildlife too.    Copper beech will keep its dry leaves over winter and give extra privacy if you need it.  The old leaves finally fall as the new leaves start to shoot in spring.  Hornbeam is better for damper soils.   All 3 can be kept clipped to make a neat, dense hedge.

Evergreens won't grow as fast but you could also consider pyracantha which has spring blossom and berries to attract a wide range of wildlife plus thorns to deter intruders.    Laurel is very dark and dull and looks awful if clipped with hedge trimmers as it has large leaves whose edges go brown when cut.   Photinia Red Robin makes a good hedge and has fresh red growth in spring and when it's been trimmed.


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 14:32

We expected the thumping and it wasn't too bad but we've all concluded classical ballet is not for us - too limited a pallet of steps and too much samey leaping and pirouetting.   We think we'd like more modern and contemporary style if it weren't for the atonal, shrieky music that so often goes with it.

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