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Can You Help Identify?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 19:10

Hi NG - I think you are correct with the first photo & the second one looks like a winter flowering honeysuckle. The third looks familiar but I can't bring it to mind just now. Sure somebody else will be able to help though!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 12:37

First couple of rounds of digging are always killers aren't they Fruitcake?

I too have that particular T-shirt.... 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/03/2015 at 09:31
Yesterday planted a couple of euonymous (one variegated one not), hydrangea paniculata Limelight and pittosposporum tenufolium Silver Queen. Dug over & mulched a border, split & moved a couple of delpiniums, sprayed & mulched my box hedging which has box blight (big time).
Today I have a couple more shrubs & some pachysandra to put in.

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 08:08
Pleased to hear you're ok Lunaria. I don't like strong winds - I lie awake imagining the roof ripping off or the chimney crashing onto the bed!
Do you have a nice ornamental evergreen shrub abt 2m high you can recommend for a cold windy corner?

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 09/03/2015 at 17:21

Lunaria - hope everything is ok tonight. A cliff top location sounds idyllic - but it also obviously bears the full force of nature's more ferocious offerings. Fingers crossed for you. 

Stealing or foraging?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 14:16

Re taking seeds and cuttings in gardens open to the public - I spent a season many years ago as a volunteer in a local garden opened primarily for the water gardens and azalea / rhodie displays. I was often on 'escort' duty for group visits and we were asked to ensure that people did not damage the plants. The advice was to especially watch out for 'little old ladies with nail scissors taking cuttings'.

The thought was - if one person takes a cutting properly it will do no harm. If a thousand people visit over the course of a few days and they all take a cutting from the same plant & some do it badly - the plant will suffer. Much the same with gathering seeds really - especially annoying if it is a garden which relies on propagation and nursery sales for part of it's income.

I have always found that if you approach a gardener and ask if they would mind you taking a cutting or seed head - they will say yes. Gardeners are generally the most generous group of people I know 

Japanese anenome

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 18:25
I am beginning to think these are Marmite plants

The sun has got his hat on....

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 17:30

Three days outdoors on the trot for me too - starting to feel as though some progress is being made.

Today - first sighting of ladybirds, huge bumble bee on my hellebore, clouds of gnats in the evening sun, sparrows, blackbirds, wrens and robins all very busy in the hedge and lots of green buds poking through the soil. Also first (in 2015) mug of tea on the bench in the sun without a coat on - happy sunbathing cat by my side - distant hum of lawn mower. I can definitely feel my sap rising now!!!  

Scarifying: what is it?

Posted: 07/03/2015 at 13:04

As you have probably gathered Des - I'm not a groundsman type gardener but I might know the answer to this

Sandier soils drain much quicker than heavy clay ones so (I think) brushing the sand into the holes is a way of getting sand into the soil under the turf and improves drainage.

Japanese anenome

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 21:59
I waged war on inherited japanese anemones in my previous garden where they were real thugs in the borders. They were also a very boring dull pink & only flowered for about 2 weeks. Finally managed to restrain them into a couple of manageable patches.

I have, however, chosen to plant them in my new garden. I have chosen prettier colours and forms and last year they were in flower for nearly 3 months. They are in a large woodland border where not too much else is happening at ground level in late summer & I am happy for them to spread a little. I will, however, be nipping any signs of rampant take over in the bud!

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