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Bishop of Llandaff (dahlia)

Posted: Today at 20:34
Thanks for the info Verdun - think I might give them a try next year.
You are right about the borders - big and bold is definitely the way to go. I am trying to do that but (with a house to refurb as well) there is only so much money to put in the garden. Have been concentrating funds on hard landscaping and trees and shrubs. For perennials I am having to choose what I would like where and buy large single plants which I can then use for propagation to make the large clumps I would like. Seeds & friends donations have been the other route.
It's all getting there slowly but can't wait for the day when the borders are full

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: Today at 20:16


Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: Today at 19:08

I belong to several Suffolk church crawling groups BL - just love medieval architecture / wood / glass etc and the sense of history that comes from standing next to a font where babies in a village have been baptised for nearly a thousand years (sometimes longer). To sit in a medieval pew and stroke the bench ends where a thousand hands have stroked before...

As a friend reminds me - they can't arrest you for stroking stone and wood... 


Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: Today at 17:47

Lovely pics BL - so much colour - looks like you had fun on the horsies and were a bit luckier with the weather!

We're planning a bike ride for next week (if it warms up) which will include the pub you and Dove visited (purely for the purposes of ensuring we don't suffer from dehydration of course...). Will probably pop into the church too (as I think you did) - I think it has a 'good' font?

Bishop of Llandaff (dahlia)

Posted: Today at 17:32

It's not easy Jo. My garden is fairly new (borders dug 2013) so shrubs and trees are still small and there are lots of spaces (currently filled with a variety of annuals / biennials) which will eventually (hopefully) be filled with bold groups of perennials.

I've lots of individual stock plants which are now big enough for cuttings and division (so there's been a lot of that going on this year) and I'm growing a lot of perennials from seed - but it all takes time. Meanwhile it's a battle to fill the spaces and keep on top of the weeds.

Verdun - Bishop's Children - did they flower in the first season or did you have to wait a year or two for them?

Bishop of Llandaff (dahlia)

Posted: Today at 14:06

No good getting old if you don't get crafty with it Verdun (as I'm sure you well know )

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: Today at 13:08

Wow Fidget - that is a good find 

I thought the whole lot had been taken over by Wyevale but clearly not. That looks like an excellent source for perennials and (if they are following in the family tradition) they will be good plants too. Need to save some pocket money now.

Nut - it would be lovely to see you if we go to Bressingham and I would love some of the geraniums - they will be perfect for my woodland border - thank you 

Rotovate new build garden

Posted: Today at 11:26

Dave 2356 - just read back my own post there.

Sorry - It sounded a bit rude of me to describe your work as a 'mini' makeover . Clearly much hard work gone in there to produce an excellent garden.

But I saw your posting on another thread & I got the impression that you've done initial work on the garden to make it useable and looking nice for a party - but you are actually planning to move things around and do quite a bit more work on it.

Hope you are planning to post lots of pictures - love to watch the development of  a garden 

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: Today at 11:17

That sounds good Dove. See how things are panning out for the next couple of weeks but I'm sure there will be a day available for a garden visit somewhere . I'll be in touch...

Fidget - you are right about the plant centre now. It is still a decent plant centre - but just another large Wyevale clone. It was one of my favourite places to visit when it was under the Bressingham umbrella with a huge range of hardy geraniums and other really choice perennials. Get fed up with picking my way round the scented candles and greeting cards now ...

Bishop of Llandaff (dahlia)

Posted: Today at 11:07

I've not grown dahlias yet but a friend grows this variety. She grows them in largish black flower pots and uses them to fill spaces in the summer border (e.g. areas where spring bulbs have been). The black pots are virtually invisible and moving them in autumn is very easy.

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