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Latest posts by Wintersong

Are Echinaceas perennial?

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 17:11

Species Echinacea are perennial (comes back every year) and the common Echinacea purpurea are longer lived than some of the other cultivars although they can have a tendency to just drop dead in the winter although I'm not sure if this is due to cold or wet. But its not all bad.  Seeds are easy to sow July-September and over winter them in a frost free enviroment, and once established in your garden they will freely self seed in happy places.

A biennial plant is one that grows the first year and flowers the following year before dying on purpose. Foxgloves being a prime example.


June in Your Garden!

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 15:50

Some more photos, hope you don't get bored

 and just to show the massive gaps...


June in Your Garden!

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 09:43

Here goes the full on month of June

May In Your Garden

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 22:58

@Rob Stevens, oh I have plenty of gaps! Remember my monster Pampas grass that left a huge crater on the sunny side of my garden? Before that, I was digging up Raspberries after reading about how invasive they are and that has left me a completely empty full sun border that runs to about twenty six foot by seven with hardly a penny to buy new plants.

Oh well, the joy is in the creating and every spring I get all excited about the re-arranging I've done in the hope of improvement. I'm a perfectionist so its a lesson for me to live with gaping holes and unfinished planting but time will not be hurried.

All I can do is try to reign in my passion and try to enjoy what has been achieved up to the here and now and in the mean time, I just ensure my camera angles are flattering. Ever notice how many close ups I do? It's because I want to fill the photo but my plants are rather tiny

May In Your Garden

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 20:50

@david spikes, as ever, your garden thrills me! Thank you for sharing it with us so often, I never tire of looking at your wonderful photos.

as for the peonies, it is just perfect! I love their foliage and the fascinating garden requirements of peonies and especially the single blooms which are just bewitching. Such a beautiful soft shade of pink! Congratulations on your patient work!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 18:30

Sunny and warm up until dinner time when it greyed over with gusty winds and threat of rain, although we ain't had none yet.

Eucalyptus Tree

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 18:29

Oh my! I have a mature Eucalyptus Passiflora that flowers every year. It's in full bloom right now in fact. I live in Kent, South East England and have never fed it or done any pruning. It's currently at about twenty five foot high and lives in sandy soil.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 15:18

@Inkadog, ooooh, now I'm jealous!


Posted: 31/05/2012 at 09:21

I get the white tails in my garden a lot and I watched the bees graze the opening to their ground nest last year in my garden and took it as doing housework. I guess ground entrances are more prone to wear and tear, so I could be wrong here, perhaps others can say with more authority.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 09:14

@gardenfantic, there are quite a few bonuses to not being understood. Firstly, you don'th ave to share your garden with anyone else thus your sanctuary remains so, secondly, you have complete autonomy since all the decisions are yours (perhaps with compromises around the budget). Thirdly, all your mistakes are hidden in ignorance...why does that plant look dead? Oh it's not dead...its just shedding a few leaves

And finally, you can impress those who know nothing about plants without much effort. Some of my friends miss me on facebook not for my super personality, but for my garden pictures! Enjoy your freedom!

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