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The Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 21:22

..I quite enjoyed that, although I tire of this continued dumbing down process, where they attempt to replace Latin names with the silly and ordinary... I mean, people have these exceptional computers in their heads, yet apparently it's far too difficult to say Anemanthele lessoniana, instead we must have Whisky grass / Champagne grass, or somesuch...  not very appealling to those who might object to spirits I'd have thought...at least that kind..

...now Amaretto grass I might go along with...

...I switched over afterwards and watched Alan Titchmarsh on Great British Back Gardens.... all very middle class and a bit fey in parts, and  way out of the range for most I think...  I did rather like the cancer sufferer's fruit and veg garden I must say that...organic too...marvellous work gone on there..

overall... I'm left still preferring my own rag, tag and bobtail garden...

Which garden would you pick?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 18:46

..well, I hope you enjoy your stay here... I find this an almost impossible question to answer but I would leave out Cothay, providing my travel arrangements fitted in with both Sissinghurst and Hidcote, which are on opposite sides of the country, but they are two of the most well known gardens,... Cothay is more obscure....albeit, it's on the same side as Hidcote, so within driving distance... so my travel plans might dictate....

..also, Hidcote was developed originally by an American, so you might feel close to that...(edit: excuse me, I have no idea why I assumed you were an American - my apologies)... although I think both this and Sissinghurst are probably at their best in mid June, a little late for you... but if a visitor, I couldn't leave them out really.... so Sissinghurst and Hidcote, for me..

OK to prune this thuya occidentalis?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 18:24

...in a way, I agree with that... I rather like the so called straggly top of these, and it's the leading shoots vigorously growing away there, and I find that quite attractive on these conifers...

...however at some point I shall need to stop mine as they just grow and grow and mine is around 6 foot tall and I'm not wanting it much higher..... but it's in the open ground....

... this one here is against the home, and to me it looks very much like an older style Park Home (mobile home)...and it's not ideal really to have bushes and conifers right against the walls of the home (timber frame can cause moisture problems).... so here I would remove the top and keep it compact, maybe shorten it somewhat, as before too long it will be as tall as the property.....

..in case you're not aware of this, (I think you are).. but make sure to keep those air vents clear along the base...the earth is quite close to the vents...there's one behind the Fuchsia and another further along... they look alright for the moment...

...sorry for preaching...lol...

OK to prune this thuya occidentalis?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 15:19

..as it's mild it shouldn't be a problem, these are hardy specimens, but with mine, I will probably wait until April as it might want doing as well then... I like these very much...

Garden makeover - Ericaceous beds

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 15:10

...oh my goodness, that was a lot....lol... got carried away,...sorry...

Garden makeover - Ericaceous beds

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 15:09

When you say 'lawn beds' are these island beds, that you can walk all the way around?...if so, you would normally plant the tallest plants in the middle and work outwards towards the edges with smaller varieties...

...I've got a small acid bed... I garden on neutral soil that has been amended in this area, but the original soil is still in situ... I incorporate lots of ericaceous compost at planting and top dress annually... I also feed with appropriate granular fertilizer and sometimes liquid feed during summer....  in my view, no need to cart away all what you've got already...

...for an Asian look, north facing... your tallest plants will be the bamboo, but you can also get short dwarfer forms to fill in as you progress outwards...  I would also include some of these, apart from those already mentioned above...assuming you don't live in the Grampians of Scotland...

a Camellia of your choice..

dwarf Rhododendrons, especially the shorter Yakushimanum hybrids,  and Azaleas... you can also get Inkarho Rhododendrons for less acidic conditions..

Pittosporum... whilst these are associated with New Zealand, I find their small crinkly foliage works well in Far Eastern associations.... the variety 'Elizabeth' is especially nice I think...

Pittosporum Tobira is of Asian origin...with large luxuriant leafage... whilst usually recommended for sun, these will grow north facing... I've tried it... a bit less hardy...

Fothergilla, is from Japan and likes acid conditions...

Bamboo... stick with clumpers only - avoid all Sasa, Pseudosasa, Pleioblastus, and most Phyllostachys especially Bisettii... also, Yushania, although a clumper it spreads vigorously.....

none of these below will give you problems...and personally I would stick to some of these only...even so, I wouldn't plant any right next to a boundary fence - a few feet in, as you need all round access -

...for the tallest, I would choose Fargesia robusta 'Campbell... others would be Fargesia 'Rufa Green Panda'... for shorter 'Jumbo' or 'Simba'... this last one is quite short with small dainty leafage...the new shoots rise above the old ones so you get a layered effect...

Chusquea coleou, although from South America might be worth considering..

Borinda papyrifera... if you have a sheltered garden, especially in the West, then I would look at this one... similar to Fargesia, a clumper, but especially nice I think.. it's from Yunnan in China...

..Thamnocalamnus 'Kew Beauty'...

...I might also try a Philadelphus, as these are often of Asian origins... the variety 'Beauclerk' is very good.... they don't always need full sun...

..there are also ornamental grasses for shade, like the Japanese forest grass 'Hakonechloa'...'Molinia' or 'Deschampsia' are others I would consider...

...I do find this type of garden bed to be one of the most expensive... the compost, the lime free grit... the fertilizers... the plants... all usually dearer than normal... but there are lots to choose from....

...have fun...best wishes...

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 22:53

...mine is in a shadier spot, so no hot colours.... purple Phlox.... Fuchsia 'Genii'....Brunnera 'Jack Frost'..if I can keep the foliage clean... Liriope 'Big Blue' and some half red Imperator...so quite a lot going on there...

Rambling roses

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:06

...of course I should add - you can actually prune it...lol... which wouldn't be a bad idea... but from June 1st to mid July it's quite a sight.... or was...it proved too much for me...

Rambling roses

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 21:01

...containment is probably the best way for 'Malvern Hills'.. in the open ground, after 4 years, it may look like this.... and this is only half of it... beware if you're thinking of getting it, .... it can take over quite a bit of your fencing...  it can also suffer in a severe winter (severe for us).... it's not totally cane hardy....the whole centre of this was killed off a couple of years ago... but it didn't hold it back...

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/65538.jpg?width=287&height=350&mode=max

 

 

Unusual red hot pokers......

Posted: 10/01/2015 at 20:25
Yviestevie wrote (see)

Don't ask me why but I can't stand them. Weird isn't it how some people develop a dislike to particular flowers.  Hate golden rod and broome as well.

..have to say I agree with that... although I do have some, they're in danger of heading to the wheelie bin...

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