Latest posts by Wintersong


Posted: 15/05/2015 at 12:07

Warm and sunny here now. Been in the garden pottering, rescued 2 Echinacea growing reasonable well considering, but they need better positioning. Finally got my choisya  in the ground but feeling tired now so not much else will get done today 

Work tomorrow 

My neighbours dont want me to use my land to grow a garden

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 09:18

I live next to a public footpath which is a constant source of noise and vandalism. Everyone wants it closed including the police but it's public right of way so there's two chances of that. 

Real advice from someone who knows the perils of the public using your garden as a dumping ground and litter bin, use the strongest fencing you can afford or you will be repeating the process several times over. Persistence wins in the end, I have less trouble these days than I used to 


Posted: 15/05/2015 at 09:02


The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 08:59

Real life gardens have to be horticulturally spot on or they fail, that is what every gardener knows and one good thing about the judging at overly-lavish Chelsea.

The designers at Chelsea need to push their plant knowledge in order to do something new with design, so twenty years in the field probably prepares them well whereas, we can see from the competition that a keen interest in a subject doth not maketh a horticulturalist. 

I'm afraid to say that no corner of our world is free from the make-over phenomenon that begun in the garden and now creates instant designers. I wish the winner luck but it takes away the Years of graft that earns you your stripes

Eating paper?

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 08:45


Which Clematis?

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 08:44

Just re-read your post, consider the size of your trellis, Montana need strong support 

If your trellis is the light kind don't use Montana or the trellis will suffer 

Which Clematis?

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 08:41

Longest flowering varieties are Viticella but they require pruning back to ground if you want the best flowers which means first half of the year is about re-covering the thing you are trying to disguise. 

I'd opt for a Montana. They flower in abundance around this time of year, with gorgeous foliage to follow. They are vigorous and can be left to get on with it 

No pruning required so they form a thicket which leafs up abundantly in spring, hey presto,  no ugly tank for nine/ten  months of the year 


Posted: 15/05/2015 at 08:19

Aquilegias (granny's bonnets ), Dianthus (pinks), Sempervirens (houseleeks) Alpine Phlox  (cushion phlox) off the top of my head  


Posted: 15/05/2015 at 08:09

Get well soon BL 

Good luck fairylettes and chicklettes who need it 

Lovely gorgeous cute things in that pic Frit 

Rained a lot here yesterday but garden always needs it, especially after all the soil disturbance from my planting. I do like a period of rain to settle everything in. Running out of room now though, having to start getting imaginative with underplanting. That's probably next year's obsession though, OH doesn't care how much I spend but I really need to see the spread of things and their association with each other, pretentious moi?

S**T!!! Just spilt my morning coffee on the bed, it's white broderie anglaise  don't tell OH 


Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 22:40

Just press the same tree icon after loading your previous photo, it will save them all, just not always in order 

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