Shrinking Violet

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The established Garden.

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:25

We all garden in our own individual style - and there is no "right" or "wrong".  However, the desert that is acres of decking/paving, the bare fences that are the full stop on the horizon - they destroy the joy of the garden imo.

My garden is vastly different from when we first moved here.  The beech hedge (never again!  What a nuisance and what hard work that was) is gone.  The fences have been softened by clematis, honeysuckle and a few self-sown contoneasters.

The rotting apple trees are no more, but the vegetable plot is productive; the rather odd bit of soil that surrounded a magnolia stellata has been extended to an ericaceous bed (an absolute picture of colour with rhodos, azaleas etc), the vast swathe of lawn has been visually broken up with an island bed, and the swimming pool is now a pond, with a waterfall and a lower pond feature - not designed as a wildlife pond as such, but full of frogs, toads, newts, dragonflies, fish and many unidentified water critturs. 

It pleases us - and suits our lifestyle.  And that's what a garden is all about - the space that reflects us, and suits us.

And as for the planting?  Well, a lot of it is full of memories:  mum's ice plant, aunt's Elephants' Ears (no - not hers - bergenia ), a couple of roses given as Silver Wedding presents, hardy geraniums from a dear friend, phlox from a cousin . . .  not Chelsea, but Mine!  And I wouldn't change it for the world!!!

That said, we hope to move to a smaller place (it's taking a while, the housing market being much slower in the West country that in the Home Counties) but my precious plants are divided and potted up to go with me;  a new challenge awaits!

too many plums?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:29

Plum jam, plum chutney, plum pies for the freezer, plum wine (hic) - and lots for friend and neighbours, too.

too many plums?

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:55

Plum wood is surprisingly fragile, so a very heavy crop is liable to break the branches.  Yes, thin the crop out (shaking is OK- judicious selection is more time consuming).

Plum seems to go from one extreme to another.  We had a Marjorie Seedling mature tree at one time - on a poor year, we were hard-pushed to pick enough for a pie.  On a good year, we picked over a hundredweight


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:38

Seems to have worked.  Many thanks! 

Now, then Salino - being choosy with regard to the sainted AT is gardening heresy


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:24

Alan doesn't move (on this page, Salino) and whilst not exactly eye candy, is at least -  ummm - innocuous   (btw I'm a great fan of his on Saturday mornings on Classic fm - perhaps the sound is better than the visual???)


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:21

Bit of a computer numpty here - what's Ablocker and where do I get it!  (Help!  Me eyes are crossing as I type and the ad scrolls up and down!!)


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 22:16

I don't have a problem with advertisements, after all, they help to fund this site - but every time I come on to the GW site, the wretched B & Q advert is right there!  On the right of the screen.  And moving.  It scrolls down.  It is a visual distraction.  It is driving me mad!  Surely it could be static at least? 

experiences with free offers of plants

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 18:56

Indeed, Steve - If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.  Ah, well, we all have to learn the lesson, albeit rather late in life for me. 

Better to buy quality locally than hope for anything from one of these "deals".  What a shame - gardeners would be singing the praises of a company than lived up to the hype - and the best form of advertising is word of mouth (or word of message board in this case).

I wonder if the company/ies involved will ever learn that lesson?



experiences with free offers of plants

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 17:12

I ordered free lilies from a Daily Telegraph offer, and was tempted at the same time to order five dark burgundy ones.  There was a terrible delay in their being sent - didn't arrive until May.  I potted them up - and some are showing good growth.  Whether or not they will flower this year is debateable, given the lateness of planting.

Not the suppliers' fault, but two out of five were chomped by slugs, so only three potential flowers.  And I hadn't realised until after I had planted them that they had sent "Black Charm" rather than "Black Night" (leastways, that's what I think they were meant to be - I can't put my hands on the original order).

The free lilies are showing a bit of growth - but only about half of them are doing anything.  I don't think I'll be seduced by such offers again. And it was T & M who seem to be behind a lot of these "offers"

Help! What can I do? My crocosmias have been traumatised!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:19

Supernoodle - I had to think about that for a minute or two - and then realised the unfortunate juxtaposition of my post with the one immediately before it!   

I wish I could lay claim to having planned it as a joke! 

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