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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.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 16:11

@Gold1locks, same things happened to me,

1. Both my Ceanothus regularly sprout from very thick base stems and the pros keep telling us they don't grow from old wood.

2. My Callistemon leavis was totally wiped out after our snow and presumed dead. When I lifted it, I found the base was still alive, so it got potted and left and is now sprouting red buds at base level!


May In Your Garden

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 16:03

@Geoff, spot on with focus mostly...

@Inkadog, I have some overgrowing Ivy that's due a prune in the Autumn, its absolutely loaded with black fly and serves a meal for half my neighbourhood birds and insects, but it is a grotty job I'm not looking forward to.

I have spent all day in the garden...doh, who hasn't?

Nipped off the B&Q this morning to take advantage of their special buy one, get one free offer (typically when my plant budget is already blown for this year). Luckily, I have an understanding husband  and went looking for a couple of large shrubs to give my full sun border much needed maturity, in the absence of my Pampas grass.I had a Sambucus and a smoke bush in mind, but could only manage to find the Sambucus, Black Lace. There were no smoke bushes but I'm over the moon to come away with a Eucalyptus Gunii that will add a very beautiful blue-grey foliage to my middle garden and cool down all the hot pinks and reds I seem to be accumulating there. I may well be doing some slight arranging come the autumn, but we'll see how it all pans out. Now I have two structure shrubs, I can work off those much better with the designing part.

Rest of the day's work consisted of  weeding, sitting, weeding, sitting, sitting, planting out my broad beans and runners, more weeding and more sitting. Oh, and watering pots ofc  

Ornamental alliums

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 09:47

That's a real shame Swedboy, both these plants do well in my garden although not without incident this year myself. From two clumps of 6 alliums, I got a clump of nine and a single one. I reckon I might have disturbed the bulbs last year when planting around them, they showed leaf this year but did not flower.

As for my Asiatic lilies, I have always kept them in pots up until this year, when two full pots were transferred to two spots in my garden, one of which has been beset by slug damage much to my frustrations. The winter wet doesn't seem to have deterred them in my sandy soil although I have yet to see how they handle the real test of summer drought directly underneath my mature Eucalyptus passiflora. Next year I will be mulching with grit to prevent slug damage or putting them back in pots, depending upon how they handle the driest months.

Good luck with yours

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