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Latest posts by Wintersong

May In Your Garden

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 21:13

Yes, leave the door open (in my opinion). also you should position your greenhouse in dappled shade, or screen it from the full sun. It acts like a lens if you don't

May In Your Garden

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 18:16

Lovely revamp Inkadog! I love the tree/shrub you have to the left of the views.

And slugs have eaten my Eremurus flower spikes in years gone by, also Kniphofia have to be vigorously checked as they break buds in my garden. I think the rosettes are a cosy home for those critters.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 18:12

Gosh! Where does the time go in the garden?

Weeded an area of the full sun border that was showing bindweed shoots and took to play musical chairs with my newly bought shrubs to test out planting combinations. I won't be planting anything for ages yet, because I always change my mind

Also planted two new hostas Patriot alongside the one I already have to make a beautiful little vingette as the hosta starts off with cream edges that match a nearby drift of Cowslips perfectly then matures white to tie in a climbing rose Winter White and there was me fussing earlier in the year that my colours were too random. It's my new favourite area and as with the rest of the garden, now I have this little combo going on, it acts as an anchor that I can work off and tie other combinations into.

I do believe the only way to design a garden is with lots of little bits that eventually make a whole.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 13:20

@gardenfantic, I'm no expert on Eremurus! Can only advise from my personal experience and ofc your experiences may differ due to many variables including situation, cultivar and my gardening errors.

From browsing forums on the subject, the pattern seems to fit my example in that they are slow to clump up but this does not mean it won't flower this year. Surely, bulbs are only sold at flower maturity? It's just that it takes a few years for the plant to spread or start producing multi stems. I heard it resents disturbance and should only be divided every 15yrs, so my moving it about a couple of times certainly didn't help its flower potential.And to be honest, its only been in a happy situation for the last three years, so perhaps if I'd planted it there to begin with?

keep us informed about yours

Choisya ternata Aztec Pearl leaf drop

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 10:59

It's slightly less hardy than the bog standard Choisya and so I suspect it may have been the victim of strong winds. Frost damage will cause die back but overall it should survive. Maybe a feed will perk it up?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 08:21

@Kate, well I bought mine as a dried bulb too long ago to recall entirely but I do believe its Eremurus stenophyllus which is clump forming and takes 2-5yrs to mature. Mine had a slow start since I remember dithering about finding it a proper home and moved it at least twice so I probably set it back somewhat as I do tend to find placing plants the most difficult element of gardening.

When we finally landscaped the end and built the sun spot 3 yrs ago, its home was obvious and its thrived ever since

May In Your Garden

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 22:11

@gardenfantic, yeah, it looks pretty alike but I must let you down gently, its a baby! Mine used to have upright spiky leaves and its dawned on me that perhaps age lengthens them? I also learnt recently that they self seed if you leave the flower spikes until autumn. I've always left them on by default, but don't recall seedlings yet...I can but hope!

@david spikes, so exciting to see how your peonies turn out! Advanced congratulations for your efforts.

@KG, haha, nice one about the Ceanothus and our old English pubs

May In Your Garden

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 20:28

Well done you! Enjoy it for many years to come

Sh**s Sorrel

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 19:35

Oh, I never knew what this weed was called but I had it in my front garden back in the day when I planted roses. It is very annoying since it seems to have extensive roots with no woody bit to pull out but just very brittle clumps that go really deep.

I eventually moved my roses and maintain my front garden with vigorous weeding almost to the point of extinction, but thankfully, it never transferred to my back garden which was plagued with bindweed instead. Oh the joys of gardening!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 19:28

Glorious sunshine again in Kent, brisk breeze but that's a good thing. Slightly worried about lack of bumble bees in my garden, I hope they are still around, just busy catching up after the terrible spring.

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