Latest posts by Wintersong

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 15:00

@FloBear, exactly.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 14:14

Kent has been glorious sunshine all morning but its clouding over this afternoon and might even rain, or not.

I don't mind the rain, just so long as we actually have days of sunshine to go with it.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 14:09

It's very annoying when you turn your back for a few days and end up with tatty stubs on plants you've nurtured all through the Spring.

I don't holiday since my husband won't fly and can't drive at the moment and so my garden is my holiday resort on-tap and I'm very happy to see some old favourites returning this year including my oriental poppies of which I have a very established clump and a newly planted clump from divisions I took last year that are showing flowers although of less stature.

My foxgloves are budding with surprising results too. I purposefully selected those that I could identify as pale in colour (discarding the pinks) and assumed yellows and whites would be the order of the day although some appear to be flushed apricot which whould be an enormous delight, we shall see.

Also, my two nameless climbing roses that I had to move two years back have put down enough root and are showing some marvellous clusters of flowers although my oldest Acanthus is not looking its best this year after more than a decade's worth of trouble free displays of foliage and flower I may have to dig it up.

It's looked sickly all spring compared to its baby that is thriving, with yellow leaves and a very slow growth when usually it does so well. I gave it a feed in early spring but its still looking tarnished and geriatric if I may be so judgemental.

Problem is, (as anyone with an Acanthus will know) removing it completely will be an impossible task as the root systems are incredible invasive, so would digging it up in the autumn regenerate the plant the same as a division? Thoughts would be appreciated

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

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