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Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 22:58

I am not neat I am artistic, or at least thats what I say I am. I do like a nicely cut lawn edge though, it seems to enhance the messiness of everything else.

I do agree with you Verdun, in that I think certain specimens should be able to stand out from the crowd, but other than that I like the wild look, or the jungle look in the hot border.


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 12:36

Hi all.

been nice this morning, although I think it is going to pee it down very soon.

Up early, have been planting out last autumns Osteospermum cuttings, and placing the dahlia pots in the borders, where I intend to plant them. Thinking about colour combinations and heights etc.. So far there has been lots of standing back, quizical look, move the pot six inches, fetch another pot, admire my work etc, etc, etc. I have not yet actually dug a hole and planted a single dahlia.

OH is out helping as well, at the moment she is hacking at a hedge which is swamping one of the borders, having checked that there were no birds nesting.

Hope everyone is enjoying the BH., and that the workers are ok.


Posted: 25/05/2014 at 16:48

Hi All, and a special hello to the newcomers.

Thankyou all so much for the birthday greetings, they are really appreciated, you are a truly fab bunch.

We have had a lovely, although wet time in N. Yorkshire, visited Helmsley walled garden and Scampston gardens. The second will belovely later in the yea, as it has some Piet Oudolph designed naturalistic borders.

Dinner at the Black Swan at Helmsley was also great, wont go into details as some of you might be squeamish about the nose to tail eating philosophy there, but we loved it. We try to get to 2 or 3 really good restaurants in a year, which usually involves collecting Michelin Stars in London, although I am now keener on some of the new gastro-pubs with a bit less poncery but very good and more affordable food.

Off to have a look at what you have been up too, see you soon.

PS may have to change my name to punkdog!

Help needed

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 17:38

Looks like Gladiolus byzantinus, which is a nearly hardy early flowering type.


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 12:39

Did anyone see the Isoplexis canariensis on Chelsea last night, it was a beauty, and apparently easy from seed, although not hardy.

Speadfing graniums

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 12:28

Quite like them myself, in limited places. Pretty flwers and nice red stems, pity they stink when you remove them.

Advice needed

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 12:25

John, I am interested in how peat helps to stop black spot.



Posted: 23/05/2014 at 12:20

Happy birthday Clari.

Verdun you are so right about free plants. I get much more pleasure from pants I have grown from: seed, cuttings or division, than i do from bought plants [ not that it stops me from buying plants ] I also find that I am much more likely to try free plants in slightly odd situations, I figure that if they dont do, it hasnt cost me anything.

I love cannas, although the OH has a slight problem, in that I start them in the house in March, and they dont go outside till June. It was alright when I only had a couple, but its more of a problem now I have over a dozen.


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 10:41

Hello all.

Have been a bit rough over the last couple of weeks. To cut a long story short [ 80s new romantic anyone? ] i have been wanting to start decreasing my meds., as i know it will take a few years to do, and I am fed up with the many side effects. My doctor has, in his wisdom decided, thet I need to have been well for at least 2 years before we can begin the process.

Horrible day here, foggy and heavy rain, on the supermarket trip.

Its my birthday tomorrow [ 27 X 2 + a couple ] so am off to visit a couple of gardens and then dinner at the Black Swan in Helmsley, a foodie place in North yorkshire.

Garden is coming along well, Cannas and Dahlias are sprouting in their pots, and will be ready for planting out soon, and the smell from my Hawthorn tree is intoxicating, it makes you feel quite drunk. In the wood, Sweet Woodruff, Euphorbia and Aquilegia are looking lovely.

KEF., I now have 5 Meconopsis flowering, but I think the rain might do for them.

Reading your goings on over the last week or so has definetely helped to keep me sane.

Hope the poorly, tired and all the workers are ok.

Plant in need of ID

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 23:13

Looks a bit like Selinum wallacianum [ sp? ]

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