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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 12:23


Snap Matty2! I don't know it's variety either, as I explained in another thread, I started with a single Mrs Perry and now have various clumps ranging from taller pale pink to shorter scarlet red. Annoying for a control freak like me who separated the clumps last autumn only to find a red one amongst my salmon pinks this morning


 My Acanthus Mollis (foreground) is going nuts this year spreading beyond its allotted space and I'm especially pleased with the Thyme cuttings I took two years ago (low right of this pic and clearer view below centre) that were very slow to establish. Moving them didn't hurt either whereas most of my French lavender (below) died after being moved so my lavender path is pretty pathetic at the moment.


 Still deciding on the design of my middle garden and it's planting scheme, too much yellow and not enough structure for my liking, but overall things are healthy so can't complain.


 Sods law this morning in the garden when I happily discovered three flower spikes on my Cordyline after it spent the previous flowerless year splitting its trunk and then promptly snapped the leader off my standard wisteria that I'm growing from seed. Maybe I can make a new leader or else the thing is destine to remain a three foot midget (apologies to all three foot midgets who might be reading this)


what to do

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 09:52

Roses are extremely hardy and long lived but it depends when you moved it twice.

Roses should only be moved in winter when they are dormant because they don't have quick growing roots to re-establish like a herbaceous plant has and any moving will inevitably cause die-back.

I moved a climbing rose that was 17yrs old and 1 metre deep in the soil and it's taken two years for it to recover.


Poppy Has Changed Colour??

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 22:45

Root cuttings take well with Oriental poppies, otherwise just leave it to multiply itself.

Sharing in your intrigue, I bought a single Mrs Perry a few years back that has lovely salmon-pink flowers with dark purple centres but over the years it has not only clumped up massively but travelled across my border, varying in colour from taller baby pink with plum centres that flowers a good few weeks later than the original to  shorter scarlet ones with true black centres. I don't know how these varieties came into existence but last autumn I moved some of them, re-claiming my border and now have two separate clumps of the same colour...or at least that is the plan



Posted: 10/06/2013 at 12:53

Oh how did that compost store turn out Matty2? I'm looking to build one like that myself with three compartments so that I can turn two using the third as spare.

Also checking out wood prices to start building some trellis fencing to screen off the car-park area at the bottom of my garden as well as adding more structure to the garden and considering changing the way the path leads. at the moment it goes right up the middle of the garden but I want to be awkward and take it round the sides so as to increase the feeling of rooms in the garden.

I'll see how much expense that will work out at

Work later, have a nice day everyone

Help my clem is dying!

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 09:06

Does the big tub have good drainage? Clematis love soft rich soil, but don't like to be waterlogged.

Cover the surface of the pot with gravel or something else to shade the root-ball.

It could also be the shock of planting, as gentle as you might have been, sometimes a plant just doesn't like to be handled.

At the worst, it could be Clematis wilt. Certain varieties are more prone to this disease (big flowering type 2) which can occur on even the healthiest looking plants.

All the top foliage will just wilt and die, but so long as the Clematis has buds beneath the ground, (which is why Clematis are planted deeper than their previous pot) it will re-shoot at first opportunity. This could be the following spring, so don't chuck it out, just leave it to recover.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 08:55

me too. Love that one

Overgrown land

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 21:18

Don't rotovate. It only chops up perennial weeds and roots and multiplies them by the thousands.


Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 21:15

Solitary bees can and will share nest sites. The term solitary refers to the individual bees providing for their own off spring, unlike a nest where only the queen bee lays eggs. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 19:09

Glad it all went well for BL. Wish I could have been there as well

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 19:01

BL, your house and garden is truly wonderful looking. I envy you much, even the hard work as that's my kind of fun

Berghill, thank you for sharing your beautiful plot with its inspiring vistas and plant choices. I never tire of being nosey around your garden.

Matty2, the Rosa Glauca and the Iris are divine and I want both in my garden

Leadfarmer, I love your borders and climbers even if some of them are your neighbours

I can only hope to emulate these aspects in my own garden and love this forum for the knowledge, ideas and fun that is created by one and all.

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