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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 22:05

Yesterday I spent a short spell clearing weeds and harvesting surprise potatoes from a veggie bed that is becoming a nursery bed whilst I clear some serious weeds form the garden.   Split and plated some hemerocallis there.

Today I spent 6 hours out there plantng lots of baby PSBs and some strawberry babies then clearing a sheltered, south facing bed of weeds and moved some anchusas to another bed where their size is more appropriate.  Pulled out some verbascum phoenicum and faded aquilegia, moved some peonies and hellebore around to give them more space and filled the gaps with a  deep red potentilla.  Found lots of bunched up, over crowded bundles of white muscari and snowdrop bulbs so split them and re-planted them.

Cleared a load of excess pink geraniums from another bed and planted a new white rose and the anchusas.    Potted up spare anchusas and hellebores.

A good day's work but knackered now.

Before and afters

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 13:59

Well done DD.  I love white in shady patches.

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 13:57

Thanks Nut.  Jo - no, it's deep pinky purple according to the pic she's shown me.

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 13:14

Thanks both.   The spot I'm thinking of is next to the cow pasture and downwind of the rest of the garden so smell not a problem.

Phuopsis stylosa aka Crosswort

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 11:21

I have been offered some of this plant.  Does anyone know it and should it it come with a warning for invasiveness?  

I have a well drained sunny spot which should suit it but don't want a thug.

Geum Totally Tangerine

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 11:14

Either pots or a nursery bed if you have one.  I find my geum clumps split just by hand.

Raised Veg Patch

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 10:55

I would use strong black plastic to line the insides.   You can seal it down by folding an edge over the top layer of bricks and holding them with another layer of bricks or slabs or wooden planks according to your budget and style.  It will make the blocks waterproof on the inside and also stop them leaching unwanted chemicals into teh soil.

It's my birthday

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 10:52

Have a great day.  I hope the sun is shining and you get lots of chocolate and fizz but not necessarily to consume together!

Confusing info' re: onions sets (planting conditions)

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 08:40

Sound analysis Dove but I don't do strict rotation as I don't grow the same crops every year.   I've given up on carrots and parsnips and don't do spuds.   I did onion sets and spring onions for the first time in several years and have had a good crop.  

Kohl rabi turned out to be a good new experiment for me this year.   I always grow some broccoli and kale, fennel and assorted salads and make sure they're not in the same bed as the year before.   This year I also have radicchio and leeks and there are permanent rhubarb, currant and raspberry, blackberry and loganberry beds.  They get compost every year and I grow pumpkins at their feet..

When more of the veggie beds are clear I need to start a new strawberry bed for 2017's crop.



North facing Garden

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 00:15

My last garden in Harrow and this one in Belgium both have mainly north facing gardens.   Harrow had acid clay soil so lots of compost went in and we grew rhododendrons, azaleas, roses and a wide range of perennials.   The shadiest bit was up by the house but the bottom of the garden had full sun in summer.   I expect your sister's is the same.

This garden is alkaline loam on a clay sub soil so clematis do very well in shade and sun.   I can't grow ericaceous plants but buddleias, roses, conifers, mahonia, weigelias, Japanese maples, sambucus, choisya, physocarpus, colourful stemmed cornus, philadelphus and so on do very well.

The list of perennials that love it here is huge but in the heaviest shade up by the house I grow hostas, Japanese anemones, filipendula, primulas, ligularias, lily of the valley, astilbes, astilboides, fuchsias (in pots and baskets), snowdrops and miniature daffs.    

Hardy geraniums, dicentras, pulmonarias, brunneras, persicarias for dappled shade and then an almost endless choice for the sunnier parts depending on colour preferences.

Use well rotted garden compost and manure or spent compost or bought in soil conditioners to improve the drainage in the clay before planting.  Save the microrhizal stuff for roots at planting time.

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