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Summer has arrived

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 21:41

Thanks Bev, FG and chicky.

Yes FG I much prefer growing lilies in pots to make that statement but overall I am greatly frustrated with the border and it will need a mass overhaul at the end of the year. I know what I want, just made some wrong choices this year and its all ended up a bit bitty.

chicky, you are very kind but really I am still learning as I go. It's taken me four years of obsessing so far because I can't do it on paper. I have to see it in action but I'm starting to catch on.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 19:25

Nothing as grand as above in my garden this week, although I think the wall of Geums is trying

 This is my death garden presently containing lilies in pots although this border needs a massive rethink in autumn, it's a huge mess

 Love this rose although I had to move it so it's very small and insignificant at the moment

 I'm finding it particularly difficult to design with reds whereas I'm really happy with my purple and white border

 I'm going to build a proper wooden arch next year and close this area with trellis to enhance to changes in mood here

 That's the good, the bad and now the ugly.

This is a Eryngium Planum and quite healthy except that every year around mid summer, it's leaves wilt. Stalks remain upright and flower but the rest of the bottom growth seems to die off. Is this normal? I've tried googling with no results, if anyone has similar experiences or knows why it does this, I'd appreciate it

Summer has arrived

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 19:15

Wow, that really is stunning Chicky

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 19:13

Lovely stuff. Lots of beautiful healthy looking roses

pics of my garden at mo

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 19:12

Impressive! I love your structure and colour contrasts.

Summer has arrived

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 22:19

Very pretty Allium Roseum

how to/or if you can divide phlox plants..

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 23:35

That's handyto know Berghill.

I have a Emerald blue cushion that has overgrown its allotted space and was hoping to divide successfully in the autumn as Dove has suggested but will absolutely use this tip where and when I can

Summer has arrived

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 23:27

Lovely pics chaps

How did you get into gardening?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 17:34

I really don't know Verdun.

When I was very young, my granddad had a rose garden and pond that I would spend many happy hours daydreaming in but I never ventured into his greenhouse or up to the veg plots.

When I was a teenager, I did the gardening at home but I remember my biggest motivation was a preference for neat and tidy over horrendous weeds.

When I had a family of my own and moved from a flat to a house, I naturally wanted to improve the garden but I guess I could have done this with patios and a neat lawn so I'm not entirely sure how or why I am a keen gardener except that I really really enjoy the creative/design side of it, the beauty of nature in all ways and the taste of home grown veg  

I think gardening just ticks so many boxes. The heart, mind and soul connectivity to nature that de-stresses, reinvigorates and heals. The sense of achievement and satisfaction standing in your own little piece of paradise.The sensory overload of taste, sight, smell and even touch. The sounds of wildlife. 

I get my kicks where I can find them

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 11:57

I know the feeling Dove, the progress in my garden is really satisfying after only three years of proper attention.

I only wish I had planted the bottom end of my garden with trees and shrubs ten years ago so that by now I would have the maturity it lacks. Alas, as is my nature, my choices then would probably have been random and I'd be contemplating digging them up for a more sophisticated look as my garden slowly fills, so my choices are more specific.

I really love your chives and fennel, I've just bought the purple version that I need to place at some point and what is that upright plant with the spears of reddish pinkish flowers? If they are red, I want it badly.

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