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Busy Lizzie's Open Garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 14:38

Sounds good Busy.  We have to explore more of the Charente this July now that OH has ruled out Angoulême and La Prèze as suitable home golf courses.   Need to check out the Napoleonic code stuff too.   Wherever we end up it's good to know there will be gardeners about to share info and plants.

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 14:31

Sometimes I think Monty looks like he's almost ready for the compost heap which is where I send my plants when they're looking tatty.  You know, hardy geraniums and pulmonarias and so on that look tired after their early flowering display and need hacking back to regenerate and refresh and if they don't, out they go, roots and all.   It's impolite to be a scruffy presenter unless you're actually gardening and getting dirty.

Yes please, more Mr Beardshaw.  Thank heavens for Beechgrove.   And more women too who know about plants and how to grow and use them and maybe design too.

I have several kinds of geum but can't find the labels any more.  Flames of Passion rings a bell for some of the newer ones.  I haven't seen one I don't like, even the orange ones.


Chelsea People's Choice Award

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 14:17

I like the idea or a planted parking area - just not wet legs when I get out of the car after a long day at work or in my posh frock after a night of ballroom dancing.    Low growing thymes and chamomiles and saxifrage would give greenery and colour and not be so soggy.

My antecedents are Geordies and Seahamites so I do know the north-east very well.  Too flipping parky by half when the wind blows off the north sea.   The Lakes and Lancashire fells and dales are more to my taste and yes - wet.   Belgium is pretty wet too.   Couldn't live without seasons and green stuff.

RHS Chelsea -plant ID

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 12:03

I think they're one of the verbascums.  Possibly Caribbean Crush which is a dusky pink.

More coal than soil

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 11:26

If it's actual coal then you need to remove as much as you can or make raised beds.

I have a friend whose entire garden is coal slag heap and have visited another with similar conditions in the Belgian Yellow Book.    Both use masses of garden compost and well rotted manure applied every autumn to improve the soil structure and combat the otherwise fierce drainage and low fertility.    Both have gorgeous gardens filled with interesting plants so it can be done. 

Busy Lizzie's Open Garden

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 11:16

Well done Busy.   Are you in an Open Garden scheme or part of a garden club that gets you known?    

I have friends here who open their garden for the Belgian equivalent of the Yellow Book and that has led to them being used as a regularly featured garden on Jardins Loisirs - Belgium's GW programme on RTBF - and they also get groups of visitors from gardening, horticultural and flower arranging clubs in Belgium, France, Netherlands and Italy.   Currently averaging one group a week which I would find tiring but they're not expected to do tea and biscuits.

Sweet Cicely

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:40

Both plants are best left in hedgerows as they self seed and spread with gay abandon and are far too exuberant for most gardens.   They also have deep roots which are hard to dig out from amongst your treasures.

Having said that, I like a bit of sweet cicely but I do control it and no longer leave the flowers to go to seed.  It has attractive foliage.

Hostas - they're so ............. fussy!

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:32

Several years ago we had all the old farmyard tarmac removed from the front of our south facing house to reveal the old cobbled road that had been laid with small 3" to 4" granite pavers at the turn of the 1900s.    Between that and the house was a mix of larger cobbles dating back 250 years and some sandy gaps where we made a 7m x 4 metre raised bed which we filled with imported soil and a truck load of farmyard manure form our riding school neighbours.

I then toddled off to visit Diana Grenfell's nursery to buy a whole load of hostas that can cope with sun and some grasses for contrast.    They did so well I ended up taking the whole lot out 3 years later and putting them in pots or the back garden and selling spare divisions at charity sales.   The labels are long gone but I know I have Sum and Substance, Naegato and Gold Edger in there along with a  dozen others bought at thesame time and newer ones added since.    

They are all now in shade or semi shade with full sun for just a part of the day.   I find the white and cream variegations are stable but the yellow/gold ones change each year depending on how sunny and dry a spring we have.

I love them all anyway for their form, colour and texture from all the different shapes and sizes and thicknesses of their leaves.   The trick is to be vigilant with bio friendly slug pellets from early spring to catch the perishers as they emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they feast and breed on my treasures.

Rose identification please

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 21:59

Well, if you're sure it's one of theirs send them a photo and tell them how long you've had it and they'll tell you its name.

I've found them very helpful in the past when contacted by email about which roses are sturdy enough for my garden and which might be a bit wussy.

If it turns out not to be one of theirs, try the national rose society.

Rose identification please

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 21:37

Can't open those pictures but have you tried searching the David Austin on-line catalogue?   It should have a picture and description of all of their roses.

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