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How old are your gardens

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:34

Hiya Palaisglide,

Enjoyed your post.  And the remarks about own passion.  (I was the blonde bomber at school......ha ha .)

My garden must be 25 years old.  Initially it was all about shrubs and conifers.  And, as prob commonplace, it was spring that I concentrated on.

Over recent few years I have replaced many shrubs and conifers with softer perennials.  A picea albertiana Comica, for example, was removed last autumn and a whole bunch of (carefully thought out) perennials and grasses planted there,,most of which I had already propagated and grown on. Some sentimental plants too, some old shrubs (evergreens are topiarised as cones, pillars, etc.) kept young with correct pruning, some classy conifers like Taxus Standishii and small cryptomerias and junipers, plenty of grasses,tender perennials,  lots of foliage colour, a recent emphasis on tall perennials like veronicastrums and heleniums, a well kept veg patch, a range of fruit, a small pool, and a small hexagonal greenhouse.  The garden is in two parts....front garden and a slightly bigger back one.  Just off a busy coastal road but 2 mins walk to the Towans and a 10 minute run (ahem, a 15 minute walk now) to the beach.  

Soil is a rich sandy loam at back but a sandier soil at front.  Totally walled garden, tall sycamores at rear on neighbour's plot that provide essential shelter from,any salt winds from the sea.  Essentially a hot sunny garden and shade is contrived to suit certain plants.  Could grow more climbers....have a few clematis but have neglected this area a little and I intend to plant a few tender climbers. 

A bit of a plantsman I guess, me, and constantly checking out new varieties of plants.  A (obsessive?) need to evaluate why a plant dies or struggles.  However, it,is an "enjoyed" garden


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:10

Morning Dove

Yes, I felt it might be that way. ,Adrian Bloom has always inspired me.  Whenever he has had a spot on a prog he has always spoken with passion, ideas and knowledge.  It would have been his garden I would have wanted to see 

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:07

Daisyheadcase......what a delightful name .........I've come to realise that beauty in the garden, principally the lawn, is second to enjoying it.  Mine is a good lawn and proud of it but, as I have already said, it is used too. Your garden looks like its a fun place to be and that's great 

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 07:50

Well. She does look good Kevin..........   She's fine for Chelsea but not for general garden progs.  


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 07:48

Some good advice there Mike.  


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 07:47

Beautiful morning.  Warm and sunny.

The rain yesterday produced lush growth and freshened/washed the vegetation.  Plant growth must be at its fastest right now.  

Taking my mum to day care cemtre today to check it out following a discussion with stroke support worker yesterday. Hopefully a day a week or 2 half days there will give her alternative thinking.  Well, we will see.

Envious of those who visited Bressimgham doubt would have been tempted by many plants and inspired too.  


Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 00:13


I sense you are over zealous. Over anxious. 

Why the water meter?  

You need to use some logical self judgement I think.  It sounds like your lawn is over wet

Let your lawn be for a spell.  As I explained earlier, I too had ideas of a perfect lawn so I understand the fastidiousness involved. Almost the obsession of it 

Watering the scorched area again will now do nothing to green it.  Wait and see if grass responds.  If it dies there lightly rake it out, scratch the soil itself and re seed.  I would not reseed it right now though ...see how it is in a week's time.  

I really domt think the grass will scorch if watered during the day but why do it then?  Evening is best because there is less evaporation that's all.  

You can overfeed .....well, as you can with everything......grass and this simply makes it susceptible to disease.  

why are they yellow?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 23:54

I think they are simply  too wet.  Antirrhinums like it dry.  I would mum's a little soil toward the stem to encourage water run off.  And don't water, at all 

Carpenteria californica shaping

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 23:51

Yep, thanks Mike

Also just realised it likes moisture.  Always assumed it to be a Mediterranean type ...I.e. drought resistant .....plant but apparently not.  So, hard back pruning, a good feed and plenty of watering today.  

Yes, lizzie.  The flowers are truly beautiful and, until this year, were a summer treat.

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 23:45

Again, I emjoyed the Chelsea  coverage.  thought Monty was very good, again.  Hope to see some of the new plants featured.  Usually end up with some of them....foxglove illumination pink (disappointingly not perennial) and anemome wild swan (a delight) and echinacea tiki torch (brilliant colour)

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