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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 20:00

WillDB - Thalictrum delavayi is one of my favourite summer flowering perennials. I have the double white growing in a border which is shaded from about 2pm onwards. It's a pretty bit of cooling white froth at the height of summer. 


Posted: 15/06/2015 at 18:11

Elderflower cordial in Pimms - that sounds like an excellent idea (lemonade too sweet for me - usually use dry ginger) - will have to give it a try this weekend - and butterscotch ice cream with clotted cream on top - what's not to like?? I want my dinner......

DD - we have seen pictures of your garden - it is beautiful. It will be beautiful even if you don't dig out every last weed & deadhead all the roses. Mown and edged lawns disguise a multitude of 'sins'. Giving everyone a glass of wine to take the edge off helps too... Hope you are able to enjoy the day.

Any idea what this is....

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 17:51

If it is an Inula Magnifica - Beth Chatto recommends moist soil and a sheltered site where you can enjoy it in all it's glory - mature height about 2 - 2.5m - that's a BIG plant ..... 

Any idea what this is....

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 16:48

Panda - You should definitely get a gardening notebook to record plant names / care regimes / planting plans etc as you develop your garden. That way you know what things are when the labels have long since disappeared / faded etc

I have just such a book for exactly this purpose. I made about 2 entries in it 2 years and about 200 plants ago  -  still, all good intentions eh?... 

What to plant with a red scabious?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 16:05

That looks beautiful WillDB - kinda hoping mine might resemble that in another year or two - fingers crossed 

What to plant with a red scabious?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 12:18

Would probably look quite nice growing through some grasses if that's your sort of thing. Dark purple salvias would also look good - Salvia nemerosa 'Caradonna' is a particular favourite.

I have a couple of knautia macedonica (very similar, if not the same, as your plant) and they form part of the under planting under Malus 'Evereste' and also shrub roses. Other plants under the malus include aquilegias, thalictrums and hardy geraniums. Under the shrub roses I have the knautia, hardy geraniums, alchemilla and nepeta.

It's only the second season for all these plants but it looked quite pretty in a cottage garden sort of way last year 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 19:36

Sweet rocket, aquilegias, lupins and shrub rose flowers all looking rather sorry for themselves after the storm on Friday night followed by 12 hours of soft rain yesterday (the garden was parched though so I'm not complaining) - so spent today tidying up, cutting back and re-staking.

Have also planted out the last of the cosmos and ammi and picked just enough strawberries for dinner - yum!

cosmos seed colours

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 09:27

Sanjy - I pinch cosmos quite ruthlessly, several times to get nice bushy plants and also to get plants which flower much later in the season and right through to the frosts. I have a lot of other plants in flower for the next few weeks and cosmos is very useful for filling the late summer / autumn gap.


Posted: 13/06/2015 at 19:31

I grow them Verdun...

... and foxgloves and yew and probably a few other things Agatha Christie could  make a story from 

weather warning

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 18:17

Got very excited about the idea of some rain for my parched garden but at about 5pm last night I rechecked the met office forecast which said there was a less than 5% chance of us getting any rain for the foreseeable future - despite being in the centre of the yellow severe weather warning area for Friday & Saturday.

Ho hum - perils of living in the driest part of the country I thought & watered some new plantings.

At about 8.30pm the heavens literally opened - driveway was like a river - all drains overflowing - gutters overflowing - newly washed windows spattered with roof moss - grass getting greener by the second - shrub roses in full flower looking sadder and limper by the second.

Woke up this morning - it had clearly rained some more & then it started raining heavily again. Dashed out in a quiet spell about 11am to do some emergency staking and it has been quietly raining all day since then. 

Most of it has been good rain - straight down soft stuff and the garden has had a really good, much needed drink. Some of it was heavy and damaging though and I suspect there will be some damage to put right tomorrow.

As ever in gardening - swings and roundabouts 

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