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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 17:12

Got out earlier today and pruned my monster Phormium to give other plants more light and air

Planted a shrub I had been ummming and arrrring about for too long then went plant shopping and bought some white cushions, pink cushions, little white pillows, 3 apricots and my favourite purchase of the day, Lonicera japonica Aureoreticulata


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 17:04

I'm more than happy with just the foliage to be honest Verdun, it's delightful


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 16:56

Matty, take good care of yourself, it's always about that first and foremost

Wonky, I think you have done everything you can in the absence of a vet!

My sweet little Burmese Tabitha, Missy, is buried in the garden! After losing one eye, half and ear and coming home with a giant hole in her little chest: something just bit the skin right off. She ran out of lives when I found her in the gutter opposite my house after being knocked over....suffice to say, even the smallest fluffiest cats can be pretty tough unless they fight with a car 

Back from my lunch date and plant shopping!!!!! I did go looking to extend upon what I already have, you know to make those wide drifts and sweeps of uniform shape and colour...but it's always the same, they never have the exact cultivar  but a similar one  or seven?

I did get two more Convolvulus because despite having three before now, I moved one and it died and the other rotted in its pot suddenly, I think they often come single stemmed and the wind caught it maybe. Anyways, those are for my purple and white garden that was desperately lacking a cushion plant in white. ( I have some many flowering spires and hardly any cushions )

I also got three Alpine Phlox for the front of the border, white with a blue eye, that should even up all the surreptitious pink happening in my purple and white garden

For the top garden, I got 3 hardy Geranium Claridge Druce to perk up a dull spot and the middle garden got 3 Verbascum Jackie so I can soften some of the hard colouring of orange and red with apricot.

But my favourite purchase was a Honeysuckle called Lonicera japonica Aureoreticulata with an amazing foliage laced with yellow. I', going to plant it with my yellow rose, in a ferny corner with some box balls and orangy Crocosmia.

Can't wait to see all these things through the coming seasons and I've decided I do need a greenhouse for all the propagating I will be doing to extend and sustain these new plantings in years to come


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 08:58

Your plant is identical to mine of which I started with a single fan and now have 3 large drifts 

Cold winds may be a factor but on mine last year's leaves blacken with die back at this time of year, it looks serious but the plant is just renewing itself and the new leaves carry the flowering stems 

Not sure if this plant is salt tolerant though 


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 08:04

It's natural die back at this time of year 

Don't plant too deeply in free draining soil and watch for beautiful blue-ish green new shoots 


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 07:52

Morning all 

Lazing in bed with achy bones watching Beechgrove on catch-up, well at least the baby doesn't die 

Lunch date with parents today and a trip to a nursery or two woot! Woot! 

I promise to be good 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 21:41

Planted a hosta in  raised bed, tied climbing rose into arch to stop OH complaining about a little scalping every time he walks under it, got the folding ladder out to spray foliage for blackspot  (if I die of chemical consumption, I leave all my worldly possessions to the dog ) then had to rearrange shed to get the ladder back in 

Tomorrow I'm out to lunch with parents and a visit to GC woot 


Posted: 28/04/2015 at 18:36

Some Clematis and climbing roses will tolerate a north wall although the latter still require some sun, perhaps not the hottest part of the day but it does depend on type of shade

climbing hydrangea is great in dense shade but it's beefy when it settles in

Can't go wrong with ferns for most soils, hostas,  especially blue ones but they are hungry fellas , euphorbia for all heights and sizes and also hercheras give amazing colour 

Many woodland plants and bulbs if the seasonal changes are what blocks light 

I'm no expert but the above has worked for me 


Posted: 28/04/2015 at 13:34

Separate postings because the photos never go in sequence

Anyhow, can't resist a before and after set


Posted: 28/04/2015 at 13:33


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