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Garden gaffes

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 14:12

I am prone to garden gaffes although thankfully plants always try their best to cover up my mistakes.

One example I'm not exactly proud to admit is as recent as last year, when I pruned out some rather offensive growth on a newly planted Spirea Snow-mound as I didn't read the label correctly and actually cut back all its long flower stems.

On the whole I live (or rather my plants live) dangerously in the garden. Because I have sandy soil and a flippant attitude, I'll move shrubs out of season, I'll hack at things and I'll divide plants still in their infancy. Luckily, 99% of plants will do their damndest to survive my errors and hopefully I learn something along the way.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 14:03

@Geoff, lol

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 12:43

@Geoff, P.S. Perfect focus

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 12:42

@Geoff, I have an identical lily called Vesuvius, if by chance it is also your variety and your Lupins are stunning! Such a pretty pink! I still don't have Lupins in my garden even though they were in the bargain bin at GC, I couldn't decide a colour but yours are perfect!

Acer problems

Posted: 04/06/2012 at 09:45

I have one green acer of roughly ten years in the ground and one red one at two yrs old in a stone pot with ericaceous soil. I read/heard somewhere that the red ones are more partial to acid soil but to be honest, I need to put the red one on the ground in the next year or so anyhow so its gonna have to tough it out in my sandy soil.

Last time I did a soil test I was just about neutral.

RHS and National Trust.

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 20:59

National trust = national treasures.

Gardens being more popular with visitors last year than houses with something like 70% of members signing up at gardens. How do I know this stuff?

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 19:31

@david spikes, chuckles at the personality of plants!

top 5

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 17:56

Oh dear, I left out ferns   What would I do without ferns???

top 5

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 17:33

If I had a garden filled with Acers, Hostas, Ivies, Tulips and Alliums...I would be content.

Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 14:56

Hyacinths are rather ugly, I will agree.

I think the crux of the matter for me, is not the actual plant but how its used.

I cannot stand all bedding arrangements although bedding has its place and those of older generation took much pride in landingstrips of brightly coloured non-hardy vegetation.

My pet hate is gaps, as was the requirement in the 50s and 60s when showing off single specimens was the done thing whilst I'm also too much the control freak to let things run loose and flop everywhere in an unsightly manner. No no no.

I like lush but controlled. I like shape and form, foliage and texture over colour and perhaps find plant combinations most difficult when having to consider flowering colours and seasons. I mean, my sofa only has to match the wallpaper and it stays the same colour and doesn't grow or need any pruning or maintenance and will never die on me just because we had a wet winter!!

I need a lie down now.

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